A Free Course for You! A Month of Mindfulness

A Free Course for You! A Month of Mindfulness

Would you like to develop a daily mindfulness practice?

We live in a world that is increasingly fast paced and full of distraction. It's not easy to sit down and develop awareness, especially when there are a million other things calling for your attention.

I created this free course for you to learn about mindfulness and integrate it into your life. Join A Month of Mindfulness and receive guidance on setting up a home meditation practice, along with guided meditations and mindfulness exercises.

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Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Using the wall is a great way to support the body if you’re feeling fatigued, or if you’re looking for a very gentle practice. Using the wall is also helpful if you or your students have some physical barriers that limit mobility in seated yin yoga poses.

Parts of this practice could be considered more “restorative” due to the very supported nature of the poses. But if you’re feeling a “stretch”, or feeling gentle pressure in the body, that means you’re still activating the connective tissues which is a central tenant in the yin yoga style of practice.

In any case, you can use this practice to slow down and calm the nervous system, or to support tired legs and feet. Check out the video to practice along:

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Join me for 7 Days of Spring

Join me for 7 Days of Spring

Spring is a such a wonderful time for a fresh start! Just as the buds burst through the ground, and the trees start to open, so do we! 

As the season changes, it can be a powerful time reevaluate our habits. I've seen time and again how simple daily practices can transform health and increase wellbeing. And when you create regular habits you see the best results.

So I created 7 Days of Spring.

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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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New Yin Yoga Practice Video

New Yin Yoga Practice Video

In a yin yoga style practice postures are softly held (mostly on the floor) for long periods of time. 

Holding a yin yoga posture creates circulation in the tissues and joints keeping them flexible and supple, calms the nervous system, and increases circulation of Prana or Qi in the energetic channel system of the body.

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3 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Anxiety

3 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Anxiety

The breath is an immediate doorway into discovering what is happening in the body and mind. Your breathing is a reflection of all kinds of systems in the body including muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological systems.  It affects energy levels, and your emotional state, and is in direct relationship to your energetic system which regulates the movement of Qi or prana throughout the body.  

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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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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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The most important thing to use during your yoga practice

The most important thing to use during your yoga practice

Connections between how we feel and the state of our breath have been demonstrated for thousands of years within yogic teachings and the ancient medical systems of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Today there are endless western medical studies that further prove the positive effects of smooth and unrestricted breathing on physical and psychological health.  Breathing affects respiratory, immune, nervous, and hormonal systems. It alters digestion, moods, energy levels, and sleep. It can cause us to explode in reactive behavior or help us remain calm and centered under pressure.

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