Being a shamanic healer, I see a lot of soul loss in people. Signs of soul loss are depression, insomnia, addictions, confusion, immobilizing fear, tidal waves of emotions, tightness in neck and shoulders, lower back and hips. Read More
The yoga Asana practice—including prolonged holds of sitting poses for meditation—will require your comfort with discomfort. Without such discomfort, we’d never progress in our physical and mental training. There will naturally be discomfort as we explore our edges. But when we bear too much discomfort and push beyond safe boundaries, we can damage ourselves. Thus, it’s critical to learn how to cope with discomfort and how to discern between intensity and pain.
On the physical level, the yoga Asana practice lets us see how our bodies naturally move through space. Are there areas of tightness that restrict our freedom of movement? Are there imbalances in the body—front to back, top to bottom, left to right—that affect the way we move? Yoga lets us both observe and correct these areas of tightness and imbalances. This guides us to the knowledge of knowing when to exert effort and when to softly release. Read More
With the New Year births new aspirations that are fertile with positive intentions and expected outcomes. Ranging from calling forth more abundance to eliminating what is no longer necessary, the collective is inevitably off-to-the-races with a fierce commitment to their goals. This eagerness and newfound resolve can be a transformative experience when we allow the progression to unfold organically. The tendency, however, can be to go all the way, right away. Read More
In yoga, there is a tendency to assume that we can stretch our way through perceived problems. Consider the ever-elusive “hip opening” action in the Asana practice. We aspire to use our hip-opening practice as a panacea for all our aches and woes. We imagine that open hips will allow us to wrap our legs into fancy postures like Lotus Pose. But an imperative step before the expansion of our hips is to first establish stability. Read More
Within our muscles are spindles that measure changes in muscle length, and each of these spindles has about 10 sensory receptors in the surrounding fascia. There are two different types of these myofascial mechanoreceptors, which measure the mechanical load on our muscles and fascia and each responds to different types of stretching and movement.
As yogis, the deepening of the Asana practice inspires us to better understand how we move—and as we become more aware, we head down a path toward even more curiosity and self-awareness. Understanding the three anatomical planes of movement can be the keys in helping you recognize patterns and imbalances in your body; allowing you to become more conscious, inquisitive, and ultimately, more knowledgeable of physical exploration. Having these tools of knowledge in your yogic toolbox will absolutely enthuse you to begin moving in directions that will awaken your fullest physical potential! Read More
Once upon a time, we all viewed the world as a friendly, lighthearted, and inviting place. Then, somewhere in the process of becoming an adult seriousness, self-doubt, and fear may have replaced our wonder and fun-loving attitude. While we can still connect with the idea of being playful at times for many of us, playful moments have become more and more fleeting. And, the sense of seriousness we use to succeed at work or school extends to many other areas of our lives, including our yoga mat. Read More
In the Buddhist teachings impermanence, it is believed that change is inevitable, continuous, and unavoidable. Everything changes. Just realizing that fact can protect you from turning to that most disempowering of reactions to change: "Why me?" What the Buddhists call impermanence, is the ever-changing nature of Shakti—the intrinsic, dynamic power at the heart of life. Shakti is the cosmic, divine feminine energy that continually brings things into manifest being, keeps them going for a while, then dissolves them. Read More
I have heard the word peanuts used to describe a small amount of something, a trifling sum of money, or an insignificant person. Peanuts in this story will have the opposite meaning.