What do you really want?

What makes you happy?

What gives your life meaning?

What are your strengths?

I ask my clients these questions all the time and almost always they respond with a long silence followed by “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure, I’ve never really asked myself those questions.”

When we’re at a point in our lives when we feel unhappy, overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or depressed, we’re often consumed with complaints, excuses and reasons why we can’t have what we want.

Yoga’s Qualities of the Heart: Kindness Toward Yourself

(This is the second installment of instructions on kindness practice. Read this post to familiarize yourself with the basics.) “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving... Read more

Yoga for Addiction: 7 Ways Yoga Can Support Your Treatment Program

NOTE: Due to the sensitive nature of the subject and the need for anonymity of those in recovery, some names and identifying locations have been changed. Diane B. is a recovery success story. Yet even after 30... Read more

Ease Into Sleep With These 5 Soothing Yoga Poses

Good quality sleep is crucial for good health. With approaching deadlines, important meetings, exams on the horizon, and the regular hustle and bustle of life, sleep can disappear from the scene. Lacking... Read more

Take a Kindness Break - A Practice to Cultivate the Qualities of the Heart

In recent years, our lives seem to have gotten harsher. Our culture has factionalized. No one wants to listen to anyone with whom they disagree. Dialog has become not just disrespectful, but sometimes even... Read more

Yoga for Stress Relief: Try Belly Breathing

This simple, relaxing yogic breathing practice can be used anytime you want to soothe body, mind, and spirit . It reduces stress of any kind—physical, emotional, or spiritual. How to Practice Yogic Belly... Read more

An Ancient Yogic Formula for Happiness: Change Your Perspective to Change Your Emotions

I used to have a rather complicated relationship with my paternal grandmother. When I was little she had a looming presence in my life, often shaming me for the smallest of real and perceived indiscretions. I... Read more

Myofascial Unwinding: What It Is and Why You Should Do It

Myofascial unwinding is a term coined by John Barnes to describe a type of physical movement that comes from a higher intelligence which he often describes as a “feeling” (rather than a “thinking”)... Read more

Vacation Anytime, Anywhere: 6 Ways to Take A Yoga Staycation

Do you need a vacation from the daily grind but can’t manage to get out of town? Or do you just need a vacation from your regular yoga practice? Or are you actually taking a vacation and wondering how to keep... Read more

Yoga for Better Sleep: 7 Insomnia-Busters You Can Do in Bed

Did I say “in bed?” Yep. It’s normally not a good idea to fall asleep when you are doing yoga. You can overstretch your muscles if you fall asleep in a restorative pose, and if you’re practicing conscious... Read more
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Yoga for Military Veterans with PTSD - Study Highlights Common Research Challenges

New randomized trial of Kripalu yoga for military veterans provides important insights regarding the challenges facing yoga researchers and educators. Read more