Yoga

Yoga as a Life Practice

Yoga as a Life Practice

Developing a Practice A life practice is anything we do over an extended period of time that reliably deepens the connection to our experience and expression of aliveness. While yoga offers a plethora of formal practices, almost any activity can be used as a spiritual/life […]

The Science of Yoga

The Science of Yoga

Yoga has been around for a long time and those who practice don’t need the benefits to be validated by science. Still, there is kind of warm comfort in the research. This 20-minute video reveals how rewarding a yoga practice can be for mind, body […]

Confessions of an Old Yogi

Confessions of an Old Yogi

Yoga studios are crawling with raving lunatics. I should know. I was one of them. I looked every bit the part: rail-thin-rubber-bandy-raw-vegan-meditating-twice-a-day-yogi. While I could twist myself into a pretzel, it was only after tumbling off my mat that I began to embody what yoga […]

Weed and Yoga, Maybe Not?

Weed and Yoga, Maybe Not?

[Disclaimer: The following contains “woo-woo” language.] Contrary to popular myth, weed is not the magical doorway to higher consciousness that many hope for. I understand it’s possible you didn’t want to hear that, especially if you live in my town of Portland, Oregon. Cannabis was […]

Eat Yourself Calm

Eat Yourself Calm

The connection between stress and modern aliments is becoming increasingly clear thanks to scientific research that validates the mind/body connection. We know food plays a powerful role in both physical and mental wellness. Understanding our bodies’ natural rhythms and learning how to listen to our […]

Seeds of Change

Seeds of Change

Over the past three years ago, a few events created changes in my life that gave me pause. As life settled back into place, I reflected on the direction I was headed. I also began to toy with the question, “Just how good can I […]

What is Yin Yoga?

What is Yin Yoga?

So what exactly is Yin Yoga?  Yin Yoga was born from Taoist philosophy. The postures are more passive, occur mainly on the floor and are held for longer periods of time. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, […]

Your Body Is Amazing!

Your Body Is Amazing!

Your body is amazing. There is nothing like it. How you feel in it is less a question of years but a tally of habits, choices and chance. It’s the law of nature and the journey of being human that our bodies are aging and […]

Awareness

Awareness

There’s a joke in yoga that asks, “If you had to hide something that was the most valuable thing you had, where would you hide it?” The answer is: “in the present moment.” Ouch. Very funny, yoga. We all know the best humor has more than […]

Patience

Patience

Patanjali teaches that when you enter the stage of perfect wholeness, there is a calmness and a clarity that reflect prefect presence. The antidote to impatience is allowing yourself to reenter the flow of things, that is, to be in sync with the speed with […]