This past month I created a challenge for myself: For five days a week run for 15 minutes, swim for another 15, do five Sun A and Sun B salutations, and finish with a 20-minute meditation sit. I did this not so much because I wanted to improve my physical health, but because I realized… Continue reading The Improvement Trap
God speaks to each of us as he makes us,then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall,go to the limits of your longing. Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours, I 59 Most times before we start our yoga sessions we go… Continue reading 10 Permissions
All fears are based on perception. Knowing this can free us up to live more fully.
Try out these three simple practices to help you feel safe and at ease.
I listened to an Eckhart Tolle video on my way to my last yoga class at the prison for the year. In the video Tolle responds to a question regarding mental illness. He mentions something that I’ve sensed and believe. It is the notion that there is one consciousness, and that that one consciousness is… Continue reading Prison Journal—Blockages to Freedom
Years ago when our kids were young we took one of our many camping trips to the Smokies. We listened to “Howliday Inn,” the story of a vampire bunny. The highlight of the book was this little phrase that has stuck with us, “Adventure is good for the soul.” As we head back home, we… Continue reading Adventure
I led my first yoga practice at the Dice House last night. Four weeks after the accident, I found myself back in our neighborhood yoga community surrounded by friends and neighbors and a whole lot of love. As I started the class, my heart filled with gratitude. What an incredible privilege it is to practice.… Continue reading Yoga after Bicycle Accident
By the time my students reach my classes at Miami Dade College many of them (research shows from 66 to 85%) have experienced a traumatic lifetime event. These events range from the death of a loved one to physical and sexual abuse. These numbers clearly go up as we get older. I see this as… Continue reading Growth after Trauma
When most people think of yoga, they often imagine slender, hyper flexible women doing beautiful poses. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration! But the idea out there for many is that yoga is for the fit and flexible and primarily young. This stereotype is worth shattering. It’s worth shattering because yoga offers those of us who… Continue reading Yoga for Everyone