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Union of Yoga and Therapy

Union of Yoga and Therapy

Mind Body Connection Health professionals and researchers around the world have become aware of the benefits of a yoga practice, including stress-reduction, clarity of mind, and overall life satisfaction. Yoga can be seen as a philosophy and a practice of connection. Yoga is a holistic […]

Asteya

Asteya

This precept is often translated as non-stealing. Though I like to flip that definition and view asteya through a lens of generosity. While comparative thinking has been around since mankind, social media and entertainment have exponentially increased our sense of falling short as a human. […]

Satya

Satya

This precept is based on the understanding that honesty is the bedrock of any healthy relationship and that deliberate deception, exaggerations, and mistruths harm others. One of the best ways we can develop this capacity is with right speech. A large part of our everyday […]

Ahimsa

Ahimsa

Ahimsa* is usually translated at nonviolence, but this precept goes beyond the limited sense of not harming. It first begins with how we treat ourselves. If we were to hear the playback of how we unconsciously speak to ourselves, chances are we’d hear silent judgment […]

Live Your Yoga

Live Your Yoga

The yoga sutras begin to make sense only through direct experience of their meaning. This is why I like to write about the yamas and niyamas, the first two limbs of the eight-fold path of yoga sutras. The yamas and niyamas each have five precepts. […]

Patience, Practice and Perseverance

Patience, Practice and Perseverance

A year ago, I was sitting in a studio with two dozen strangers eager to become Yin Yoga teachers. I had been struck with blinding inspiration months before. In a flash, I saw how to embody deep psychological work with yin yoga. I just needed […]

Inner Treasures

Inner Treasures

Build an expansive enough interior life that fear and creativity can co-exist.

Posture as a Portal

Posture as a Portal

I love yoga. Obviously. Yin yoga, in particular, is my favorite as it is ideally suited for deep growth and healing. Not only that, it is a sneaky way to practice mindfulness in action. We use the posture to get into the mind. In the […]

Social Disclosure

Social Disclosure

I’ve written hundreds of blogs since I first created this website, fifteen years ago. Before entering grad school and becoming a therapist, I spent twenty years in the food service industry. It is with some embarrassment that I confess to posting recipes for my first […]

It’s Not About What It’s About

It’s Not About What It’s About

Did you know about 80% of waking life is ruled by the unconscious, a sphere we know almost nothing about? Addiction is a classic example of this. More often than not, we don’t know why we do what we do. For this reason, it makes […]