These are notes from the first lecture from a course titled “Returning to Wholeness.”
Both my mom and dad grew up in extreme poverty. Neither one of them went beyond a 6th grade formal education. Their childhoods and youth were one of intense struggle and suffering. Their trauma was compounded with the loss of family and social support as they immigrated first to Spain and then to the United… Continue reading Poverty and Race
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
Earlier this week I learned that there are parts of the Chernobyl reactor that are still smoldering. The partial meltdown of the nuclear power plant took place April 26, 1986 with a fire that raged for eight days, bathing the surrounding area and a good portion of Western Europe in a radioactive cloud. Scientist are… Continue reading Chernobyl smolders and so do I. How about you?
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
Hi everyone. I hope that as you bump into this post you are feeling well. I wanted to share a short clip from last week’s community yoga class. We started with a grounding meditation, allowing ourselves to settle in and slow down. This basic meditation practice can go a long way. It is quite tame… Continue reading The Meditation Practice is Tame
I was listening to a clip of somatic awareness teacher Licia Sky last week. Although I liked the interview, I was not really paying too much attention until until I heard her say the following: When you come from a background of trauma in your early life, it can feel like every situation that you… Continue reading Is it urgent?
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