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Take a seat. Do your best to make the seat as comfortable as possible. Now, notice that no matter how comfortable the seat is, at some point you will incline to get up from that seat. Some urge will strike you to get up and do something else or go somewhere else. And why shouldn’t you? You are free to “make that choice.” 
 
Or are you? Where did this urge come from? Why are you having it now? What is this other more important activity?

Yoga Focus and the Wandering Mind

What does it mean to be in a state of yoga? With so much attention given to yoga’s postures, it’s easy to lose sight that yoga is ultimately about the quality and action of our focus, rather than our ability... Read more
Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Response

Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Response: Balance Your “Body Budget”

I went skiing over the winter break and since I don’t do it very often or very well, every day on the slopes took a lot of effort. I could feel my body mobilizing its resources before every run: my heart rate... Read more

The Vagus Nerve in the Light of Yoga Philosophy - Polyvagal Theory and the 3 Gunas

Polyvagal Theory (PVT) has gained considerable attention among health professionals since a book of the same name was published in 2011 (1). Based on brain science, the theory describes how information... Read more

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The Yoga of Embodied Presence: Coming Home to the Body in a Stressed-Out World

As I wrap my attention around the breath moving in and moving out, I’m here right now. So simple to feel my abdomen rise on the inhalation and descend on the exhalation. So fresh to sense the coolness of in-... Read more
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Embodiment Is the New Xanax: 4 Reasons to Tune in Instead of Zoning Out

Everyone knows it’s important to get some downtime. But if your primary relaxation strategy is Netflix and/or alcohol, you may need an upgrade. Here are four reasons why kicking back with a bottle to binge... Read more

The Nap Meditation (How to Protect Your Happy Place Part 2)

Welcome to Part II of the Protect Your Happy Place series! No worries if you missed Part I, here it is: Protect Your Happy Place: Where Stress is Positive & Your Core is Strong. Now that you are all caught... Read more
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Sankalpa: The Yoga of Making Healthy Choices

Did you welcome the New Year with a resolution or two? You are in good company! According to The Journal of Clinical Psychology , 62% of Americans either usually or sometimes make resolutions. (1) The numbers... Read more
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Making Peace with Our Differences: Cultivating Equanimity in Relationships

It’s been a full year since a dear friend succumbed to cancer. A longtime yoga student and generous soul, I was privileged to know her for 20 years. I think about her often. Even now, sometimes my mind has a... Read more
Yoga for Stress Release

Protect Your Happy Place: Where Stress is Positive and Your Core is Strong

In this post, I am introducing a concept called The Pressure System. The Pressure System is a “3D Approach” to Protecting Your Happy Place, which means a place where you are resilient, have a strong core and... Read more

Free Yoga Video: A Simple Way to Boost Your Energy and Well-being - Two Yoga Techniques to Deepen Your Breath

Breathing has many benefits. For one, it keeps you alive! In addition to circulating oxygen to all parts of the body, however, deep, diaphragmatic breathing has numerous other important benefits. It helps... Read more