Tag Archive: the now

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

The Trauma Survivors Guide to Yoga: Coming Back to the Present

Most survivors of trauma are in some way disconnected from the present moment. In an effort to cope with the massive pain and terror they’ve experienced, they shut down. Chronic or overwhelming distress… Continue reading

Purna: An all levels practice on being present

When we get busy or overwhelmed with a mountain of tasks, it’s very easy for our attention to scatter and to feel fragmented. But wholeness is our natural state. We are full and… 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

Keep It Simple (And Breeze Through The Holidays)

In general, we overdo it. Most of American culture believes more is better: work harder, get a bigger television, a nicer car… On the outside this may look successful and happy, but inside our giant houses, we feel… Continue reading

Seeing The Light in Others Equals Happier Families & Better Relationships

My mom’s fight with cancer began when I was 14. She had five, yes, five different bouts, so the concept of mortality was something I was familiar with. I’d grown up with it, fearful… Continue reading

Three Yoga Practices to Ease Anxiety & Stress

There are two things I know about stress and anxiety. 1.) There is nothing wrong with us for feeling it and 2.) Everyone feels it. Stress, by definition, is mental and/or emotional strain… 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

The Compassionate Witness, A Short Meditation

Within each of us is a place of clarity and calm that can weather any storm. During meditation, reconnecting with this part of ourselves can help us process the stress and emotion we… Continue reading

Tips From The Yogi’s Toolbox

I was lying in bed angry, sad and grumpy.  The more I thought about how I felt, the angry I seemed to get. Frustrated, I laced up my running shoes. Sometimes running can be very… Continue reading