Category Archive: Stress Relief

The Trauma Survivors Guide to Yoga: Understanding Your Nervous System

I came to yoga in a state of spiritual crisis. I didn’t have the understanding or the language to call it that twenty years ago; then, I was just angry. I didn’t know quite how full of rage I was, or that buried… Continue reading

Cultivating Joy & Finding Your Way: A Heart-Opening Practice For Advanced Beginners & Up

It’s important to periodically check in with where you are in life, to see if you’re on track with where you want to be, and to recognize when or where you’re out of alignment. This… Continue reading

Meditation For Healing & Wholeness

True health comes from a feeling of wholeness. In yoga, we would call it union. So often, though, we disconnect with ourselves because we are busy or distracted. Or because we are hurting and… Continue reading

The Path to Health & Wholeness

The knock at the door had come right in the middle of my yoga practice. I didn’t want to stop, but there it was again, that annoying tapping. So I left my mat… Continue reading

Four Ways To Cultivate Inner Peacefulness: Vrittis, Part 4

Over the last few months we’ve been covering yoga philosophy regarding the topic of the vrittis. Vrittis are the flows (or fluctuations) of consciousness as they move through the mind. In their agitated… Continue reading

Meditation: Listening Into The Silence

In the noise of today’s busy world, the art of listening is a skill that can bring mindfulness and presence to all that you do. In this meditation learn three different listening skills… Continue reading

Moving Beyond Busy & Into Understanding: Vrittis, part 3

We are a busy species. In America it seems we wear our fatigue as a badge of success. But being tired and busy means missed opportunities. I’m not talking FOMO (fear of missing out) on a party, a… Continue reading

Gathering Knowledge & Creating Mental Clarity, Vrittis Part 2

Despite hours of daily yoga and my mostly consistent meditation practice, my mind is annoyingly loud. It’s like that seagull scene from the movie Finding Nemo. It shouts, “mine, mine, mine, mine, me, me, mine,… Continue reading

Hip Openers & Twists For Stability Through Change

As we move into the first days of Spring, new growth and transformation are the theme of the season. What appears to be challenge, often offers the best opportunity for deep and personal… Continue reading

Yoga For Fear, Anxiety, the Low Back & the Breath

As a rock climber, my sport isn’t just about physical exertion. There’s a whole lot of mental effort that goes into being on the edge and facing the fear of falling that can… Continue reading