Older man practicing yoga for healthy aging

Can yoga practice help stave off dementia? I certainly hope so, since genetics suggest that I’m going to be staring dementia straight in the eye. Except, of course, it doesn’t stare back. Instead, it frets, repeatedly asking, “What day is it?” “What time is it?” and “Where are we?”

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Karma: How Does it Affect Your Life?

You can choose and choose—and choose again. No matter what happens, you can choose to start over. No matter the circumstances, you can choose your response. My positive psychology teacher often said, “Choose... Read more
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You Are Enough: The Yoga of Self Acceptance

There’s something not being spoken about in the countless self-help books, lifestyle blogs, and gazillions of self-proclaimed “health” gurus. Underlying all these mediums is the message “You could be better,... Read more
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Restful Sleep: How Light, Temperature and Yogic Breathing Can Help You Sleep

A decade or so ago, I visited a small surfing town in Costa Rica. It was a great adventure, but one thing I found most surprising was that by 9:00 pm there was nobody around. As soon as the sun set, the... Read more

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Tame Your Mind: How to Be Mindful All the Time

I often get asked about how to remember to be mindful more of the time. How can we remember not only to be present more but to be compassionate, to drop into our bodies when we’re feeling difficult emotions,... Read more
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Restful Sleep: On Caffeine and Yoga

About 70 years ago a zoologist who studied spiders got tired of waking up at 5:00 am to watch them build their webs, so he asked his pharmacologist friend if he could drug the spiders to change their... Read more
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Your Body Clock: Are You in Sync?

Many years ago I had a student who was blind. He came to my afternoon yoga classes regularly and sometimes we got to talking about this and that. One time he mentioned that yoga helped him to keep a very... Read more

Yoga Focus and the Wandering Mind

What does it mean to be in a state of yoga? With so much attention given to yoga’s postures, it’s easy to lose sight that yoga is ultimately about the quality and action of our focus, rather than our ability... Read more
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Fight the Winter Blues - Free Online Yoga Sequence to Lift Your Mood

This winter has been long, cold, and icy for us - and, frankly, we're getting a little tired of it! So, instead of sitting around beating our heads against the wall, waiting for elusive spring to arrive, we... Read more
Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Response

Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Response: Balance Your “Body Budget”

I went skiing over the winter break and since I don’t do it very often or very well, every day on the slopes took a lot of effort. I could feel my body mobilizing its resources before every run: my heart rate... Read more

The Vagus Nerve in the Light of Yoga Philosophy - Polyvagal Theory and the 3 Gunas

Polyvagal Theory (PVT) has gained considerable attention among health professionals since a book of the same name was published in 2011 (1). Based on brain science, the theory describes how information... Read more