Restorative Forward Fold with Props to help restore the body to rest-and-digest mode

It’s a simple mantra: Just breathe. And it can help get you through plenty of stressful situations by calming you down. But it’s not always the best advice. Don’t get us wrong, we are all about using breath as medicine. Sometimes, though, it’s not the right medicine at that time. It all depends on if your autonomic nervous system is stuck in a polyvagal state.

attractive woman in a chair seating in Lotus pose in front of table with laptop

Savor Your Food: Chair Yoga for Mindful Eating

Take a moment for honest reflection: are you a mindful eater? Mindless eating is common in today’s world, particularly with technology becoming more and more enmeshed in our daily lives. It sometimes feels as... Read more
Young woman meditating and tuning into inner yogic wisdom

Find the Goodness Within

There’s a choice at the moment, do we go with Hobbes’ assertion that the natural state of mankind is “nasty, brutish and short” or do we see the intrinsic goodness of each person? The former will be driven by... Read more
pebble stack next to the mountain river symbolic of slowing down and enjoying the awe of nature

Yoga and the Pathological Need for Speed

I think it was sometime in the mid-2000s when I started to have this sinking feeling that life was increasingly speeding up out of my control. I could blame it on being busy with work or having a baby. I could... Read more
Woman resting after a yoga class in Corpse Pose or Savasana with bolster for spine comfort

6 Steps to a Relaxing Trauma-Informed Savasana

Relaxation Pose (Savasana) is meant to be the highlight of each class—or so I thought when I started practicing yoga. But what if Relaxation Pose brings us more stress than ease? In this article, we explore... Read more
Yoga student and calming practices that help regulate vagal nerve response

Empathy, Compassion and the Vagus Nerve

Most of us share a need to be seen and feel understood. We long to belong and to experience ourselves within the context of loving, nurturing relationships. When we have experiences of connection with other... Read more
The benefits of practicing yoga as a lifeline in challenging times

Yoga: A Lifeline in Challenging Times

I don’t know about you, but I kinda feel like I’ve been holding my breath since last March. I finally exhaled in mid-November I was surprised by what happened next. I thought I was humming along just-fine-... Read more
How to perform daily yoga and wellness practices to cultivate resilience

5 Daily Yoga and Wellness Practices to Cultivate Resilience

Resilience is more than just a buzzword; it’s the new way of life. From the tragedy, financial hardship, social injustice, and loss of livelihoods that colored the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, humanity is now... Read more
heavy-set yoga student practicing warrior II pose

7 Mindfulness Practices to Start Your Day

How often do you feel energized, grounded, and excited for the day when you finish your morning routine? And what is your morning routine? Are you one of those people who sleep as late as possible, pound some... Read more
How to practice yogic awareness to develop patience

Stop, Observe, Select: How Yogic Awareness Can Help You Develop Patience

“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” — Chinese Proverb As self-aware human beings, we have the power to avoid many instances of disaster and... Read more

From Dukha to Sukha: Why We Suffer and How Yoga Can Help - A Simple Technique for Breath Awareness

“Difficulty lies not in the action, but in the mind’s reaction .” – Jeff Masters It is said that to suffer is to be human. In fact, the first of the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism states that the very nature of... Read more