A yoga practitioner practicing Child's Pose (Balasana) on a kayak to benefit of self-awareness

A blue kayak floats on a lake of crystalline water. White clouds drift lazily across a blue sky punctuated by the pinks and purples of early sunset. It’s not visible, but there’s a breeze, gentle and cooling. Also invisible is the fresh, piney scent of lush greenery that surrounds the lake. It was crisp and refreshing. I know because I’m in that kayak taking the shot.

Older beginner yoga students practicing yoga for stress and the brain in Plank Pose (Phalakasana)

Stress and the Brain: How Yoga and Mindfulness Can Help Keep Your Brain Healthy

In today’s uncertain times, you are probably aware of the negative consequences of stress in your life. Maybe you suffer from stress-induced headaches, worry about getting enough sleep, or experience the... Read more
yoga student enjoys the benefits of yoga for healing trauma

How Yoga Can Help Heal Generational Trauma

On occasion, people offer me alcoholic beverages. Out of awkwardness or embarrassment, I used to quip, “No thanks, I come from a long line of Irish drunks.” But when I started studying trauma, I began to... Read more
beginner yoga student practice lotus pose in yoga to reduce stress and anxiety

Yoga for Stress Relief: Why Do I Hoard? How Do I Stop?

Do you hoard? What is the first answer that comes to mind? What is the first visual image you see when you think of the word? Let us first look at the definitions of the word hoard to give us some perspective... Read more
Female yoga student practicing Revolved Crescent Lunge yoga pose.

Living In Uncertain Times: A Yoga Practice to Calm Anxiety and Stress

For most of the country, it’s been over a month of living under some version of a quarantine order in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Although this respiratory disease has hit some areas of the... Read more
woman practicing yoga meditation.

Yoga and Resiliency for First Responders : Part 1

In our modern world, it is widely understood and accepted that the practice of yoga makes us feel good. You may have taken a class at a gym or a local studio and left with that “floaty” feeling, and summed it... Read more
Woman practicing yoga meditation.

Just Be Present: Meditation Practice for Crazy Times

These are times of heightened change, disruption, uncertainty, fear, anxiety. It can feel pretty crazy for most of us. So how do we cope? What can we do in the middle of chaos and crisis? This is when... Read more
Woman practicing restorative yoga twist on a bolster.

Want to Be Healthy? Relaxation is Key

Relaxation matters—big time. When I first encountered true whole-being relaxation, I was blown away. Following a 20-minute Somatics audio recording by Amy Matthews, I felt embedded in my skin and on the floor... Read more
Woman practicing yoga meditation at home with kids.

Don't Panic: How Yoga Can Help You Think Clearly in Times of Difficulty

By now, most of us are well aware of all the effects that stress can have on our bodies. For example, here are just some of the health problems that chronic stress can cause: heart disease, hypertension (high... Read more
Woman practicing yoga restorative supported backbend.

Fatigue Got You Down? Try This Restorative Yoga Sequence

Too tired. For many, it’s the default response to every request—even the fun ones. Some of the walking weary are simply too overworked or overstressed to get adequate rest. While others may feel drained by a... Read more
Woman practicing yoga outside hands in prayer.

Navigating Uncertain Times: 6 Offerings of Gratitude

How do we take time out to feel grateful amidst the global tumult resulting from COVID-19? It has touched every aspect of our lives. We are in a state of collective shock. It’s hard not to be consumed by what... Read more