I was thinking of my friend and mentor, Mac Smith, yesterday. He loved butterflies all the way to the end of his long and beautiful life. On one of my last visits with him he showed me around his yard and pointed out the caterpillars he was feeding and observing as they would soon metamorphose… Continue reading Happy Easter
Yoga for the eyes and face is not completely accurate. There’s no real way we can divide yoga for a particular body part. The word yoga itself means union. The body can’t really be divided into parts as we would a car or some sort of machine. Because of that, anything that we do to… Continue reading Yoga for the Eyes and Face
At the start of the week (or at any point for that matter) we may be facing increased stress and may be descending into our flight and fight mode. If unchecked, many of us experience anxiety. We can tell if we are in this mode by our breath. It becomes shallow and more rapid. Our… Continue reading A Simple Practice to Relieve Anxiety
In today’s video clip, I’m sharing the start of one of our community yoga classes. This 25-minute clip introduces the practice of the present moment. I don’t necessarily call it that in the video, but I’m bringing it up here so that you can notice. The practice follows a basic principle. We can use the… Continue reading Three Questions to Help You Live in the Present Moment
This morning I read an article about a design company and its vision to build cities in Mars. As I read the article I thought of Octavia Butler and her Lauren Olamina. In the Parable of the Sower Olamina’s belief in space travel becomes the basis of a new religion, Earth Seed. I wondered how… Continue reading Will there be mass shootings on Mars?
I recorded this morning yoga practice to give a behind the scene look at what a regular yoga at 55 looks like for me. I have some limitations with my right arm and definitely noticing the changes that come with growing up. I share this because my practice may not look like the Instagram yoga… Continue reading Can you start a yoga practice later in life?
I came across the article at the end of this post this morning. It describes findings that early life stress has effects on overall health later in life. (Epigenetics looks at how our environment affects how our genes manifest in our bodies.) An epigenetic pathway related to early life stress was identified and could inhibited with… Continue reading Can your early life stresses affect your current health?
Background The autonomic nervous system regulates body processes such as blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. It works without the need for conscious effort. We can, however, intentionally work with our nervous system to alleviate suffering and maximize potential growth and development. The breath and movement practices we do on Monday and Thursday are grounded… Continue reading Breathing and Moving and the Nervous System
There are so many factors to living a long life. Some are out of our control, but others, we have a strong say so. What we eat and how we handle stress are two of these factors that play a role in the way we experience growing up into elder hood and that we have… Continue reading Growing Up or Growing Old