ASANA TOOLS -FORWARD BENDING 101

  Stiff and brittle as a sun baked  twig?….Flexible and limp as dewy earthworm??…. Welcome to FORWARD BENDING: the proverbial jungle of insanity, ambiguity, and inquisition for yogis, yoga teachers, and all humans being alike.   It doesn’t really matter if you are stiff as board or as wobbly as an overcooked spaghetti noodle….FORWARD BENDING can be really challenging! For those humans with back issues, joint issues, immobility, hyper-mobility or just simply tighter than tight glutes and hamstrings, forward bending can be as risky swinging through the trees like Tarzan, and as frustrating as herding snails! The good news is.....Deep…

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EGO AND THE SOUL OF THE ONION

Raw onions always make me cry…they always have. .    The problem is…I really love them…the bold honesty of their flavor… their biting acidity coupled with that unmistakable unique spiciness that is somehow wrapped into gentle loving sweet warmth as to not completely offend, yet teeter on the edge of abrasiveness. Raw. Yes. Despite his characteristic tear jerking presence, there lies a great beauty in the soul of an onion. The onion begins and ends with what he is. As he grows and transforms from his center into fullness of being, he winds his soulful intention around himself in intricate genius; layer after layer, every…

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PLUGGING IN YOUR HUMAN

A few days back, after many hours spent wrestling with the plug and grounding issues with the family hot tub, quite exhausted from the cold, I fell promptly asleep with “energy outlet” on the brain. I awoke at 4:13 am, crept out of bed, and fell into my hammock in foggy haze. As I rubbed my eyes and attempted to focus on the evening’s writing, I found my cloudy gaze fixated on the electrical outlet across the room. I noticed the nuances and texture of the plastic outlet cover. I noticed how the sturdy plug fed into the socket like a glove, powerful…grounded. My tired…

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HOW BALANCE WORKS

Just the other day I was sitting at my computer writing a blog and editing a video for you guys on center energy and how it relates to release and opening in the pelvis...   I clicked over to facebook for a moment… like we all do…and I noticed a conversation amongst a bunch of friends who are in the fitness industry. They were all talking about their difficulties with balance; in particular, the difficulties that they were having with a new yoga balance video. Comments ranged from….  “My balance is horrible!” to…  ”It’s so hard I was sweating!” to… “I had to…

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RESOLUTION SOLUTION

Here we are again….so blessed to be in this moment, in this breath, at this amazing time… The rebirth! The beginning of the next 365 glorious days of the New Year! …And with this new year comes the fantabulous energy of inspired intention, renewed energy, and of course…..the famed… NEW YEARS RESOLUTION! Yes, its here!... the resolution in full force….the resolve and determination to “get things happening” and “get things changing” and just  “MAKE THAT TRANSFORMATION FINALLY HAPPEN ALREADY!”   But wait….didn’t we already do this last year??... Not to be in negative disempowering energy….obviously expansive energy, soulful intention, and willingness to facilitate…

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BE YOUR XMAS PRESENT—5 Tools for The Holidays!

Here it comes! In that first waking moment…already….adrenalin rushing….Can you do it?....Get it done?...Will you remember the extra tomatoes and that scarf that you forgot to pick up yesterday? You jump out of bed and just before you step through the shower door you realize…its that day… THAT DAY already??  The day the in-laws arrive! Oh the dread, the anxiety that crawls in your head…. In an instant, you tell yourself that it is all o.k.,… a gift to have family, especially during the holidays; and yet, the suffocating feeling still squeezes your neck as the warm water rolls over it…. Oh…. You…

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SHOULD I MEDITATE??

 Just yesterday, I finally “found the time”… (as if it were lost),… to sit down and give a focused reading to the thesis of one of my LIFEYOGA YSI Advanced Teacher Training students. As many theses go, the majority of the first pages were simply a description of the logistics of process and “what she did”, and I found myself striving to focus and keep reading and “get it done”! You see, my student Lisa’s thesis was all about the process of leading and facilitating meditation, and the importance of meditation for the individual and the community. She expounded on about process, techniques, logistics of meditation,…

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HAPPY EXHALE

                                                                                                                                                                                    WANT MORE???                                                                                                                                       http://lifeyogaworld.com/teacher-training/itinerary/                                                                                                                       Everybody loves it! That great feeling of that deep breath….the expanse of the inhale… the subconscious feeling of endless possibility as we open our lungs and our being…not to mention the incredible oxygen high and energy recharge,….   BUT WAIT….. How did THAT happen??? How did that instinctive urge to inhale seem to clog the space?? How is it that the very action of drawing in the breath of life-force can cause us to feel limited….stiffled….anxious…and sometimes panicky????... THIS IS THE DEAL….. While inhalation is expansive, sumptuous, and necessary…the reality is that exhalation,…

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Thanks for Opting In!

Thanks So Much For Opting Into My Site!   This may NOT be like any other List you are currently opted into!   WHY?   Because within the next several days, I am going to be sending you a few emails...and these emails are going to be chock-fiull of information intended to help you with: Transformative Empowerment Breath and Nervous System Injury Prevention Injury Recovery Anatomy and Kinesiolgy of Yoga Postures Teacher Training Tips and More!…

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POWER OF STORY

Until recently, I never really told my story… at least not my real, true story. Of course, I gave out my historical timeline, the linear dissertation of my life events; my childhood, education, and my employment and family history; and yet, I never really shared with the world my life path: the unique and personal life experiences that have created me, and the gifts that I share with the world. Until NOW... As a yoga therapist, yoga teacher, music professor, speaker, and parent, I always felt that the focus of teaching and conversation was best directed to the “stories” of the student. Until recently, I didn’t soulfully…

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DRIVING LIFE

DRIVING LIFE Do you ever wonder how you end up where you are?..... Do you know why you often end up someplace other than your desired destination? Do you understand how you get from point A to point B in your body….. Your yoga practice…. YOUR BEING… YOUR LIFE???? THE ANSWER IS REALLY QUITE SIMPLE……… THE SAME WAY A CAR DOES!!!! ENERGY causes     MOVEMENT causes POSITIONING causes……… POSTURE causes…… ENERGY……. And so forth…. Your…

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INTENTION

  INTENTION    In the ever-expanding world of yoga practices, meditation, religious beliefs, self-help, psychology, and quantum physics, as creative humans being we are constantly searching for the meaning and the power of our intentions, our purpose, our causal force. It seems, that with all of the attention around this buzzword…….. INTENTION!...... and the apparent power of it, ……that we might take a moment…. Stop….. and ask the questions….     Read More

LAWS OF GRATITUDE

LAWS OF GRATITUDE   LETS FACE IT.......   Its not always easy to really feel thankful! Many times, as humans being, we don’t even see or feel the purpose of being in gratitude! Like it or not, on some level, our nervous systems and thoughts are operating in the realm of “enough or not enough” in every given instant. Its no wonder that sometimes its quite difficult for humans to actually feel and be in gratitude and contentment.  Feeling < grateful! No worries!  Fortunately and unfortunately, this constant dichotomy of “half full half empty” can be blamed,…

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HOLIDAY TRANSFORMATIONS

The holidays are awesome! However perceptively stressful the gift of being on the earth in these few special weeks may seem, the holidays are a perfect opportunity to delve deeper into your LIFEYOGA practice, and experience some amazing transformations. Let me explain…..   “Right”, you say…   "Amazing transformations! Sure thing! …. Let me just stop right here between my kids screaming Santa, the five Christmas parties I must attend in the next two days,… not to mention the six batches of cookies to be baked after midnight and just bounce right into a deep breath and a soulful forward bend as I watch the cat climb the Christmas tree that…

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HANDS OF TRUTH

HANDS OF TRUTH   You write with them, you type with them, you grab with them, you hold with them. You give your hand in friendship, and clench your fists in anger. Every breath you take, every move you make, every thought you think, and emotion you feel; your hands are a part of you and doing something. In fact, your hands, sensitive things that they are, may be crying to your nervous system and telling you what to do and how to be Sound crazy? The reality is that your hands (especially fingers and flesh of the palms) and your…

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Gathering Greatness

  I pull myself out the screen door, warm chai in hand, out into the crisp morning air. I look for my favorite early morning sunny spot, only to find a cool patch of shade there. The sun has shifted again, and I can feel the fall falling towards winter. I clasp my hands tightly around the warm mug as I notice that some of the green leaves of the aspens have silently turned to yellow…… And then it begins…   The chirps, the chatters, that undeniable indefinable series of high pitched squeaks and squeals that can only belong to them. The branches of the trees begin…

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PRODUCING YOGA FALLOUT

  I cannot count the times that I have been strolling though the market checking out the produce, and I see a familiar face give me a deer in the headlights look…. as if he or she would love to dive underneath the butternut squash or spinach. This reaction only seems to last for a split moment, and then the friendly face surfaces, and nervously sputters…   ”I’ve been meaning to make it to class….I just haven’t quite…I was going to come last Tuesday, but I didn’t quite….I didn’t quite make it! I am…

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Practicing Center in Surfing Sand

As yogis and humans, like it or not, we are always practicing finding center.  Soulfully and neurologically, both consciously and unconsciously we strive to keep some grasp on that grounding sensation of being that balances and holds us together as the world shifts around and through us. Today, my center was tested; not so much in the spiritual soulful way but in reality, really biomechanically physically tested.  I found myself on a remote island in southern Thailand, and decided it was a good day to practice yoga with the surf. I situated myself right at that ever changing boundary of sand and sea…. right on the edge.  I…

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Share the Love

This morning, in my rush to take my daughter to pre -school and grab the fixings to make the killer holiday appetizer, I could feel the frustration of the holiday season kicking in. I had just arrived home from a few months of traveling, and was thrown straight from the Thai beaches into the holiday mountain freeze.  My patience with parties and presents, cards and social obligations was a bit tested. There was so much to do….so little time. Right now, I just needed to get out of the house and on my way.    Wreaths of anxiety grabbed at my breath as I tried in vain to find the missing partner of my…

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YOGIC COFFEE- THAI COFFEEASANA

  As I wake up to the hazy fog of soft white sand and Andaman Sea, I remember that last night I saw the sign. As I ate some spectacular spicy green curry at the beachfront restaurant a few bungalows down from mine, I saw the beautiful sign. The splash of the painted words on the faded piece of driftwood are perfectly etched in my mind…”Fresh Brewed Coffee”….a beautiful sight to my western eyes.  You see, here in Thailand, most coffee is made up of that powdered stuff in the jar mixed with almost but not quite…

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