uncertain, nonlinear. "new normal." with information and recommendations constantly updating, it's so hard to predict what things will look like tomorrow, next week, next month. for now, schools in our area will be closed for the next 3 weeks, and many local businesses are taking extra precautions in efforts to slow the spread of covid-19. … Continue reading 20 minutes for 21 days
sit up tall and close your eyes. relax the muscles of your face. relax your shoulders. close your mouth and breathe gently through your nose. take a few breaths at your own pace, with your own rhythm and intensity. observe how the breath feels and where it flows, without changing or judging. then, working without … Continue reading quiet breathing
true story- i used to suffer from debilitating panic attacks. they started when i was in college, and at first i had no idea they had anything to do with anxiety. i went to the emergency room THREE TIMES in one semester with what i thought were ASTHMA attacks. they would come on suddenly with … Continue reading mindfulness hack: stating the obvious
while yoga can be an intense movement practice on its own, it can also be used as a bridge between stillness and more strenuous activity. here is a short chair yoga sequence that can be used to wake up the body. the goal of this sequence is to warm up the spine, shoulders, arms, and … Continue reading chair yoga warm up
a few weeks ago, i overheard a couple of students talking before class about sugar. the one woman had completely given it up years ago and was trying to convince others of the benefits. she challenged everyone to go one week without sugar and report back the following monday at class. i have always had … Continue reading affirmations are not total bs
in asana and meditation, the point of focus for your gaze is known as your drishti (dṛṣṭi or दृष्टि). it is important to choose a steady view-point for your eyes as this has a direct effect on your mind. developing a focused gaze is important in working to let go of distractions, withdraw the senses (pratyahara), and … Continue reading focus your gaze
welcome to the seemingly never-ending winter -- the time of the year when the days are increasing in length, yet somehow the cold seems to penetrate ever deeper. the dampness in the air produces a chill that is not easily shaken off; coupling this with the wind and low temperatures, trying to stay warm can … Continue reading make your own summer
in yoga, we focus on the breath. while different types of breath can have distinct energetic and physical effects on the body, the only real requirement that we have for survival is that we continue to breathe. what is most commonly recommended in yoga classes is to close the mouth and breathe through the nose. … Continue reading breathe in. breathe out. repeat.