Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the metal element and the Lung and Large Intestine. The Lung is considered the most sensitive organ and is very closely connected to immunity so this time of year is a great time to boost the immunity to protect the lung. The Large Intestine is also important this time of year so doing a colon cleanse or a cleanse that has a focus on fiber which will help to clean out the intestines can also be beneficial.

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Teacher Interview : Jill Satterfield

Teacher Interview : Jill Satterfield

"How we work with what we see is how we develop" ~ Jill Satterfield Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga and Meditation. Over 35 years ago Jill turned to yoga and meditation because of chronic pain. She managed to heal herself completely and since then she has been teaching a combination of yoga and Buddhism. Jill has been one of my teachers....

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Teacher Interview :: Dr. Saraswati

Teacher Interview :: Dr. Saraswati

In today's interview I speak with Dr.Saraswati. In particular, Dr.Saraswati works primarily with women. We get into some interesting areas of discussion including some great practices for women who are experiencing menopausal changes and for women of all ages who want to keep their hormonal health at optimum. We even chat a bit about yoga for fertility. And if you're a teacher this isn't one to miss either!  

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Master Teacher Interview :: Tias Little

Master Teacher Interview :: Tias Little

I'm really excited to share this interview with you that I did a while back with yoga and meditation teacher Tias Little. This interview has so many gems!Tias and I touch on many topics during our time together. We cover what the "subtle" energetic body is and how we can access it when we practice yoga, some great tips for those just starting on the path of yoga, and Tias shares his thoughts on how yoga teachers can stay in integrity when teaching.

If you're interested in how yoga can help you de-stress, develop finely attuned sensitivity, and give you access to a greater sense of really "being here" this interview is for you. I hope you enjoy! 

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Teacher Interview : Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Anne Cushman

Teacher Interview : Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Anne Cushman

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Anne Cushman, Anne is an accomplished author and Buddhist mindfulness and yoga teacher. Anne is the director of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a former editor at Yoga Journal and Tricycle. Her personal essays have been published in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, O magazine, and the Shambhala Sun.

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Winter Solstice Meditation

Winter Solstice Meditation

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, tomorrow is winter solstice; the darkest day of the year. 

Winter solstice is a magical time. The darkness asks us to slow down and re-connect to the light within. This time of year holds such a beautiful and soulful energy. It gives us time to cultivate warmth through gathering with others and taking care of ourselves. 

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A New Loving Kindness Meditation

A New Loving Kindness Meditation

The ancient yogis knew that kindness could be such a powerful force in our lives. In fact, they taught a systematic way of getting in touch with what they called "our basic goodness". These practices not only help us to develop more wholesome states like kindness, they also help us to slowly dismantle the unwholesome states that keep us trapped in greed, resentment and a feeling of unworthiness.

Check out my latest audio loving kindness (metta) meditation to practice along.

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Are you trying too hard in your practice?

Are you trying too hard in your practice?

Whether we are practicing asana (the physical movements of yoga), or seated meditation, our experience arises through the filter of our sustained attention. The ancient yogis understood that through a deliberate cultivation of this attention, practitioners could experience the natural mind as radiant and clear. Yogis use the eight fold path as a way to cultivate this sustained attention and as a way influence being and behaviour. Through teachings and practices, the eight fold path gives us the tools to recognize ourselves as pure and radiant awareness.

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The key postures you need to know to meditate without pain

The key postures you need to know to meditate without pain

There are many postures available for the practice of meditation. Meditation can ultimately help you to let go of unwanted tension and gripping, but in order to experience this deep state of calm it first requires you to release the habitual (and often unnoticed) tendency to have an agenda during practice. This means letting go of what you perceive to be the "best" and most "yogic" posture and actually finding something that works for your body.

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