Tag Archive: facing fears

Understanding & Working With Emotion: A User’s Guide

For the first six months of my yoga practice, every time I held the yoga pose Upward Bow I would cry. Tears would well up and seep out, and I had no idea why.… Continue reading

Yoga For Traveling

Summer is high-travel season. All the sitting in cramped seats, the stress of making connections and going through TSA, and the less-than-ideal food choices can really do a number on us. Extra waiting in… 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

Dharma & Change: How Yoga Helps You Live Your Dreams

I believe we’re all seekers of Truth. Some of us are better elephant hunters than others, willing to call out the obvious, even if it’s uncomfortable. On the mat, or the meditation cushion,… Continue reading

How To Successfully Move Mountains

Sometimes I climb mountains. This year I summited three peaks over fourteen thousand feet tall, and that was just one day! It’s always an epic adventure, one that requires extensive planning, detailed map reading… Continue reading

What I learned at 12,000 Feet

We left the parking lot in the near-dark of 6 a.m. Our packs were light; just a small rack of gear, a 30 meter rope, our harnesses, jackets, and some food and water between the… Continue reading

Darkness, Dedication, Digging In: Yoga’s Dynamic Action Of Balance

Houses of Light As we approach the shortest and darkest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, we often long for the return of the light. Everywhere, houses are adorned with lights. Lights… Continue reading

The Secret Life of Shavasana

She looked me dead in the eye and said, “Well?” “Well, what?” I step closer to her, defensive. “You just gonna let that shit sit there and rot?” Defiant now. “What shit?” Anger… Continue reading

The Paradox of Empty Space: A Journey to Freedom

Cemented white dunes undulate into the horizon, their tops dotted with twisted junipers and wind-blown pinyons. Terra cotta slots begin as simple gullies, then traverse for miles, criss-crossing as they cut deeper into the… Continue reading

Meditation for Safety

This is a meditation for a little TLC. Try it out if you’ve had a rough day, a confrontation with a co-worker or want to create an environment of safety into which you can relax. Creating this… Continue reading