The room closed in on me. My fingertips went numb. My heart raced. I was teaching a late night class at the college. We were discussing the series _Weeds_. I wasn’t high. But I knew something was wrong. I ended class early, and with effort made it outside and sat down trying to figure out what… Continue reading The Buddha in the Hell Realm: How Finding Her May Help You Come Back to Health
“I killed my boyfriend.” “I’m never getting out.” RB walked into class and said this matter of fact. The cavernous room with the untiled floor and walls painted bugger green was 65 degrees. The tropical South Florida heat outside was at least 95. The contrast in temperature somehow paralleled the experience of hearing RB. I’m… Continue reading What happens when we let go of hope altogether?
Two years as I started teaching all of my classes on Zoom, I realized that mental health was going to be the greatest challenge I would experience with my students. I knew that my own mental health needed extra care and that my students needed models and pathways to do the same thing for themselves. … Continue reading Maintaining Our Mental Health Has Been Increasingly Challenging
The following movements take place in our hearts/mind. All of us have used them in some way throughout our lives. However, over time, we may have forgotten them. What’s wonderful is that with some attention, we can recover and increase our capacity to do them. Take a look. LETTING BE It takes a lot of… Continue reading Three Movements That Could Change Your Life
Pain is an inevitable part of life. We have an intricate nervous system to thank. Unfortunately, as we get older, pain becomes more prevalent, often diminishing our capacity to enjoy life as fully as we could, often hindering our ability to connect with others and enjoy the simple moments life has to offer us. But… Continue reading Good news as we get older
Flexibility, strength, and balance–these are the pillars for healthy aging. At 55 I attempt to incorporate these three pillars daily and target each specifically several times per week. In this yoga sequence, poses are held between 2-3 minutes. In between poses, there are brief reset movements to floss joints and settle attention. We aim to… Continue reading Yoga for Shoulders, Chest and Back
We spent the afternoon picnicking at Maurice Gibbs Park in Miami Beach. As we left, Maribel took this snapshot of David, my oldest son, carrying me. As he held me, I felt his strength and most of all his love. In the smiles there’s a bit of awareness of the passing of time, an acknowledgment… Continue reading A Joyful Reminder
Happy Hips and Lower Back Hi everyone. I hope that as you read this post, you’re feeling well. The following sequence was our Monday, January 10 yoga class. I took these pictures planning the class but failed to add the pigeon to wide angle forward fold sequence toward the middle of the class. (I got… Continue reading Happy Hips and Lower Back