Understanding Stress & The Vagus Nerve Emotional and Physical wellbeing are intimately linked. If we are in chronic pain, it can be hard to be joyful, happy, and interested in connecting with others. Conversely, if we are well-rested, well-fed, and in good physical shape, we feel good and want to be socially active. It …Read More
10 Practices To Cultivate Hope We are entering a space between stories. A space where it is important to practice cultivating hope. Something hurts in there. Can you feel it? We are one earth, one tribe, one people, and we are all in this together. We all go through times in life that challenge …Read More
4 Practices To Create Calm During The Coronavirus Pandemic We are being forced to hit the “pause” button as the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic is unfolding. The situation is inconvenient, and it is scary. Uncertainty about finances and health is causing stress levels to rise. In the long run, the unknown can take a toll on …Read More
I just finished this video testimonial from the last Awakening Hope Retreat! Listening to Yolanda talk about her experience brought tears and a deep knowing of why I created this journey. I didn’t know until Yolanda and I sat down to film her journey in her words that she had never been hiking before – ever!Read More
Yoga is a science that has been around for thousands of years. It consists of observations and principles about the mind and body connection. The science of yoga is now being proven through modern scientific study. Research is being conducted by many healthcare providers, including MD Anderson, to look at the health benefits of yoga for those dealing with cancer.Read More
We all have had them: the teachers that change our lives. The ones we remember long after the experience has passed. They leave an imprint on our lives and our spirits. It is with my deepest gratitude that I share the lessons I have learned from some of my most important teachers.Read More
My daughter was five years old when she, along with a neighborhood friend, secretly fed a stray cat in our backyard. The cat had no identification as to whom she belonged to, and she had been hanging out in our yard for a while. My daughter felt sorry for her and didn’t want her to go hungry. We weren’t looking to adopt a cat, but the universe had other plans. This was around the summer of 2003.Read More
Life happens. An opportunity may fall through, or grief and tragedy strikes when you least expect it.
When your direction shifts, it’s easy to feel lost. What can you do when you feel like you’re foundering? Here are three steps to help you work through your feelings and find your way back to yourself.Read More
When our body is out of sync, the autonomic nervous system, hormonal system, and the immune system are not working in a synchronized manner.
We can re-synchronize our body systems by creating a state of coherence and thus improving our mental focus, emotional stability, physical resilience, and improved cognitive function. This allows us to operate in a more efficient manner in all areas of life.Read More
Being continuously stressed caused me to develop a pattern of shallow breathing, which exacerbated my stress levels even further.
Through my yoga practice, I was able to become aware of my altered breathing patterns and relearn how to breathe deeply and easefully.Read More
Many emotions erupted as I sat in my office, confused and wondering. What just happened? Who was the person that wrote such an on-point, heartfelt account of her journey of healing? And more importantly, where was she now?Read More
Did you know that if you’re a woman over 40, you might disappear? I recently read this article from Beauty Redefined, a non-profit dedicated to promoting positive body images to women. Among the many eye-opening statistics was this one: “A whopping 62 percent of the female population of the U.S. is over 40. But get this: Older men appear as much as 10 times more frequently than older women in media.”Read More
We can all use a 5 minute reboot to reset the day and our positivity index! This 5 minute breathing practice will help you get connected to yourself and to your heart creating more spaciousness and allowing a release of stress and tension in your body and mind. Take a 5 minute break in the morning upon awakening, during the day when you feel disconnected, stressed, or in the need of a “reboot”, or at night before bed.Read More
In my last post, How to Know When Your Stress Switch is “On”, I gave you some symptoms that may indicate that your stress switch has been flipped to “on.” Recognizing that you are stressed out is the first step to recovery! Here, I’ll give you some ideas on how to turn off your stress switch.Read More
You hear it all the time. Maybe it’s from a friend, a family member, or a coworker; or maybe it’s from your spouse. They proclaim that their lives have been changed for the better due to their yoga practice.Read More
I was teaching a yoga class the other day, and the topic was embodiment. We talked about the foundational components of a yogic lifestyle, the eight limbs of yoga and about finding our path.Read More