What to do with this Anxiety – Part I

I’ve been thinking about anxiety a lot lately and about how to deal with it – it can be so overpowering at times! The following are my thoughts and suggestions on how to get control of this troubling mental state. Sometimes anxiety is just a big hairy beast that sits on your chest. Nothing willContinue reading “What to do with this Anxiety – Part I”

The Diaphragmatic Breath

Of all the breathing techniques I teach the diaphragmatic breath is the most foundational and useful. I especially recommend it in times of anxiety or crisis since it slows down your breath and helps to relieve tension. Here’s how it goes: place a hand on your belly. As you inhale, gently expand your belly outwardContinue reading “The Diaphragmatic Breath”

The Benefits of a Regular Practice

So it’s great that you’ve been going to class once or twice a week and you love how you feel afterward. You like the changes that have been happening, but now you’d like to have that after-yoga feeling more often. So how do you establish a regular home practice? Here are some tips: Decide howContinue reading “The Benefits of a Regular Practice”

Pratipaksha Bhavana

This week we’ve been talking about Pratipaksha Bhavana. It is the practice of replacing a negative thought with a positive one – and you don’t have to be able to pronounce it to do it! As I’ve mentioned often in class, your thoughts affect your body. Negative thoughts trigger stress hormones, which then take energy away from the optimal functioning of systems such asContinue reading “Pratipaksha Bhavana”

Apps to support your practice

Here are some apps to to support your home practice. This list of meditation apps is from an article by Courtney Boyd Myers published in the Daily Beast (thanks JS, for sending it along!) 1) Calm.com The cleverly named Calm.com, a startup out of San Francisco and London, is one of the top meditation apps toContinue reading “Apps to support your practice”

Chill Out – Deep Relaxation

All yoga classes end in a pose that is designed to take you into a state of deep relaxation. The pose is called savasana and, in my class, I also weave in elements of Yoga Nidra. During this deep relaxation, the body enters a hypometabolic state. Here it restores and regenerates tissue and this is what happens everyContinue reading “Chill Out – Deep Relaxation”

Why Keep Moving?

Movement keeps you alive. Movement stimulates the circulation of blood which carries oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body. Without that delivery system, your cells and tissues become stagnant and they begin to operate less efficiently.  Your lymphatic system, which removes cellular waste, dead blood cells and pathogens, relies completely on movement.  It’s yourContinue reading “Why Keep Moving?”

Meditation and the Relaxation Response

Meditation is garnering impressive scientific backing as well as much media attention in recent years. I enjoy teaching meditation in my yoga classes and feel that it’s equally important to understand what is happening in the body when one meditates – the changes are so beneficial! Below is a synopsis of what I teach. MeditationContinue reading “Meditation and the Relaxation Response”