My Favourite Self Care Ritual :: Ayurvedic Self Massage

My Favourite Self Care Ritual :: Ayurvedic Self Massage

One of my very favourite rituals I like to share with clients and students this time of year is the practice of self-massage. Autumn is such a great time of year to develop this habit because this is the time of year when the energetic quality of vata increases. This practice is also helpful if you spend a lot of time flying, traveling, or you feel you don't have much routine or regularity in your life.

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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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How do you love?

How do you love?

Forget warrior I or child's pose. Headstand or seated meditation? No way. There are times in life when the lying pose of svasana seems to be the only sane pose to practice.

Our yoga and meditation practice can take different shapes at different times in our lives. It is meant to meet us where we're at - and sometimes that place is not pretty; sometimes it is not a place to practice lotus pose.

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Loss and All the Seasons of Our Life

Loss and All the Seasons of Our Life

And.... EXHALE.

I sometimes sit on my front porch wrapped in warmth listening to the rain. Every evening the night sky gets darker earlier and the tree in the front yard loses more of her leaves.

At times it feels as if I am also losing my leaves. Stripped bare to bark and branches. Turning inward. Finding quiet. Exploring the depths of loss.

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4 Quick Ways to Support Yourself through Self Care

4 Quick Ways to Support Yourself through Self Care

Taking time every day to center and find some stillness in our lives is a wonderful way to nourish our body, mind and spirit. Daily sadhana (practice) can be a way to connect with what is truly important. Almost all activities can be done as a mindfulness or spiritual practice when done with presence and intention....

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