Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Response

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 would go up, I could feel increased circulation to my limbs, my breathing would become faster—all of the signs that you would associate with stress response, or sympathetic (fight-or-flight) nervous system activation.

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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

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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

Yoga Off the Mat: A Walking Feast for the Senses

Some of you have experienced walking meditation in the studio with me. With eyes softly open to avoid collisions, we focus our awareness on the sensations coming through the soles of our feet. We move through... Read more

Staying Grounded: The Healing Benefits of Earthing Therapy

We've all talked about feeling "ungrounded" or needing to "stay grounded," but what does the word "grounded" really mean? Back in India in my younger days, I often visited my grandfather who owned a house that... Read more
A Yogic Approach to Reframing Negative Thinking

Cognitive Reappraisal: A Yogic Approach to Reframing Negative Thinking

In Pixar’s movie Inside Out there is a scene where two characters travel on a “train of thought” and accidentally bump into two boxes spilling their contents on the floor. One had facts in it, and another had... Read more

Yoga and Positive Psychology: Calm the Complaining Mind

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... Read more
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The 5 Koshas: How to Get Access to Yoga’s Inner Layers

The movie Cake follows the main character Clair (played by Jennifer Aniston) as she struggles with chronic pain that was a result of a bad car accident. Yet despite time and physical therapy Clair doesn’t seem... Read more

Vijnanamaya Kosha: Yoga to Awaken Your Wisdom Body

According to yogic tradition, koshas are a layered model that maps five interrelated, mutually interdependent levels, bodies, sheaths or “treasures” that are common to all humans. They are: Physical (... Read more