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Las Vegas. I am devastated, but not surprised…..

I was devastated to hear of the shooting in Las Vegas first thing yesterday morning. As horrific as it is, I have to admit, I was not surprised. This a much bigger conversation than gun control, although I will say: – I do think there should be background checks...
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How to stay steady when life gets stormy

Being human is messy and complicated. There’s no avoiding it. Just recently, I was on my way out the door to teach yoga at Kripalu. I was so happy that Kai had sweetly fallen asleep for his afternoon nap, and excited for my Friday evening out of the house....
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Save your resolutions from their impending doom!

I decided a long time ago that I was done with New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because they never worked. I used to set all the big ones – to exercise more, to eat healthier, to attract healthy love, to spend more time outside…… Every time, New Year’s...
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The yoga tool that will change your life

  Dirgha pranayama (also called the complete yogic breath or the three-part breath) is the standout yoga technique that has continually had the greatest impact on my life. So much so that I’ve recorded a free download for you to try it. Dirgha, pronounced...
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How a simple breath balances your body and mind

  In my last post, I shared how Dirgha pranayama (also known as the complete yogic breath or the three-part breath) has been a life-changing practice for me. In this post, I want to delve more deeply into the psychological and physiological benefits of Dirgha....
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Save your resolutions from their impending doom!

I decided a long time ago that I was done with New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because they never worked. I used to set all the big ones – to exercise more, to eat healthier, to attract healthy love, to spend more time outside…… Every time, New Year’s Day would come and go, with all of it’s excitement and promises of new beginnings, and I’d slip right back into being my old, comfortable self. It turns out I’m not alone. 42% of people make at least one new year’s resolution, and only 8% of them keep it. If you’ve ever wondered WHY this happens and how we can flip this paradigm on its head, then keep reading! Why it’s so hard to change Experts in the field of neuroscience say that by the time you are 35, you essentially have a subconscious computer program that runs you. It’s made up of your most deeply ingrained thoughts, emotions, beliefs, reactions and behaviors. You are largely functioning on auto-pilot. In Yoga, this is called your Ahankara. Ahankara is your sense of self. You build it by gathering information from the world around you, from what people tell you about yourself, and from your successes and […]

Las Vegas. I am devastated, but not surprised…..

I was devastated to hear of the shooting in Las Vegas first thing yesterday morning. As horrific as it is, I have to admit, I was not surprised. This a much bigger conversation than gun control, although I will say: – I do think there should be background checks on anyone purchasing guns. – I agree with everyone who is saying that no one should be allowed to purchase automatic weapons (and from what I understand, they are actually illegal, and the shooter likely obtained his weapons illegally or modified them). – I also agree with those who are saying it’s not the gun — we need to dig much deeper. We have a higher rate of shootings (80 per day) than any other developed country in the world, even though some have looser gun regulations than we do. So what are the real issues? 1) We live in a culture of violence and isolation. As a society, we are obsessed with violence. From violent movies to children and adults playing horrifically violent video games to the violent acts of white supremacists being condoned to the fact that we were founded on violence….. it is in our cultural blood. And we […]

I cried after Kindergarten orientation……

It caught me off-guard, dammit! I thought I’d be OK with this transition because Kai has been in pre-K for the last three years part time. But the emotions washed over me and I couldn’t stop them. It’s the first time that he’ll be away from me five days a week all day, and it just seems like too much time for such a young child to be away from his mama! I’m not sure why our brains aren’t made to understand the passage of time better, but the cliche is so true! It goes by sooooooooo fast. And it hurts.  The emotion came and at first I resisted it, trying to talk myself out of it. Then I let it flow and I cried. Then I judged myself for crying “You have two healthy children who are growing just as they should! What do you possibly have to be sad about?” Then I allowed myself to feel it. I turned to my practice of acceptance. And I said to myself “I accept that he’s going to kindergarten. I accept that he is six and that he is growing up. I accept how I feel about this. I accept that […]

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