Why It's A Good Time To Get Down (And Put Your Legs Up)

Why It's A Good Time To Get Down (And Put Your Legs Up)

It begins with some harmless flirting, as autumn lures us with brilliant colors, savory air, and delectable harvest treats. But quickly, autumn’s mission accelerates, unleashing more than just awe-striking beauty.  Autumn is infused with wind, the energy of movement that is called Vata.

Vata is the "air" element characterized by wind and movement as well as coolness, lightness, and dryness.  It is this energy that brings us through the elimination process and aging process overall.  In autumn and early winter, it is the dominant energy both around and within us.  Vata is the energy needed for change and re-creation.  And as the seasons and nature change, so do we.  And so should our yoga practice. 

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I Can Remember My First Savasana Like It Was Yesterday

I Can Remember My First Savasana Like It Was Yesterday

I can not believe the time has final come... my book launches Tuesday, October 10! And, while Deep Listening is a culmination my almost 25 year of practice, I can remember my first savasana like it was yesterday.

It was a Monday evening, I was walking home from my marketing job at St. Martin’s Press and I passed a small metal sign affixed to the side of a building, just as I had hundreds of times before. I’d always noticed that sign: it read “Yoga Zone” in a font that used swirly circles for the letters. It was 1994 and there were probably only five yoga studios in all of Manhattan, and this was one of them.

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Hurry Up, Slow Down

Hurry Up, Slow Down

Even though you may feel like accelerating into September rush, it's actually a good time to also slow down and get more grounded.

It is a good time to nourish our roots, build our inner resources, like a tree pulling in sap. This will help preserve energy and boost our immune system for the eventual transition into winter.

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Rituals Helps Us Slow Down, Pay Attention, and Evolve

Rituals Helps Us Slow Down, Pay Attention, and Evolve

September always has me on the run. And even though there is an excitement to the freshness of renewed schedules, new notebooks (for my List Of Things To Do), and reorganizing drawers and closets, it is also an important time for relaxation and slowing down. Under the fresh start of September there is an undercurrent of nostalgia; a complex intertwining of change and reconnection, good-bye and hello.

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Restorative Yoga 101: Journey Into Stillness

Restorative Yoga 101: Journey Into Stillness

Join me And Yoga Journal for Restorative 101. A 4-week Online In-depth Course.

In our hyper-digitized, over stimulated society, even yoga can be stressful. Until now. In this profound 101 class, I will have you rethinking restorative yoga one deep breath at a time.

This four-week program offers students an in-depth look at the only eight poses you will need to elicit a relaxation response. Each week I will weave the fundamental themes of a restorative practice—grounding, making space, listening and rejuvenation—into the coursework. And simple prop setups will help encourage deep mind-body release and healing.

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Relaxing and Restoring: The Most Advanced Practice

Relaxing and Restoring: The Most Advanced Practice

The profound effect that restorative yoga has on my students (and my personal transformation), fuels my passion and dedication to spread this amazing practice.

So, when Yoga Journal approached me to create Restorative Yoga 101 for them, I jumped!  And, while they were ready to go and eager to add Restorative to their rooster of 101 Courses, they were not yet aware of the INCREDIBLY HUGE AND POSITIVE response they would get from their audience.

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A PRACTICE FOR YOU WHILE YOU WALK

A PRACTICE FOR YOU WHILE YOU WALK

Most spiritual masters recognize being out in nature as a means to cultivating this peace more effortlessly. In fact, walking in nature has long been a path of yoga - also known as Walking Meditation. Walking Meditation is easy, takes little time, requires no formal training, and offers amazing health benefits. It is particularly valued for its ability to refresh your mind, give you an emotional boost, and help you feel more in sync with nature’s cycles.   

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Embrace the Slow of August

Embrace the Slow of August

I have always loved the slow of August.  Somehow, more than any other time of the year, I give myself permission to put aside my list-of-things-to-do and choose experiences that allow me to connect more with nature and therefore myself. 

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Listen In and Open Up: A Meditation to Expand Into Nature's Soundscape

Listen In and Open Up: A Meditation to Expand Into Nature's Soundscape

Find a place to sit down in a natural surrounding. If you can't be outside, sit by an open window.

Sit comfortably, relaxed; somewhere you feel safe, and where you won't have to get up for a few minutes.  You can lay down if it's appropriate.  You can choose to close your eyes or leave them open. 

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