When I teach class, I'm often asked what books have inspired my practice, or have helped me to develop my practice further, so I thought I would share some of my personal favorites to help you too! If you're like me, you'll end up writing all over them, dog-earing the pages, covering them in post-it notes, and turn them into living, breathing parts of yourself and your practice. Each of these is a fav for different reasons, and I hope it inspires you, while giving you lots to think about. While I have a library wall built by my super-handy husband, I also love leaving piles of books everywhere, just in case...

{These are my opinions, and this is not a sponsored post. All of these are easy to find on Amazon-enjoy!}

The Pure Heart of Yoga by Robert...

"Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about"

There are so many ways that people experience trauma, but one thing is pretty universal-how our brains process it. In my last article, Warriors, I described the research based program I trained under called Warriors At Ease. They focus on training teachers in trauma sensitive yoga practices-especially for veterans and first responders. It has always been surprising to me how many people struggle with past trauma, and it's what has shown me the importance of being sensitive to that in my classes. You really just don't know what the person next to you has experienced and is carrying around. Maybe everyone really is just doing their best. 

PTSD (Post Traumatic...

"If veterans can achieve awareness, transformation, understanding and peace, they can share with the rest of society the realities of war. And they can teach us how to make peace with ourselves and each other, so we never have to use violence to resolve conflicts again"

-Thitch Nhat Hanh 

I recently completed a journey to become certified with Warriors At Ease , to deepen my own awareness and understanding of trauma, how the brain responds to trauma, and how I can better serve those who selflessly give of themselves so that the majority of us can sleep peacefully at night. Since I'm a civilian, I found the training to be pretty amazing; it's evidence based, trauma sensitive, and informed by the unique aspects of military culture that I wasn't...

Usually I find clarity in stillness-meditation, being outside in nature, or being on the boat in the water someplace. But recently I got a heavy dose of clarity wrapped in a very unexpected package-my routine mammogram. I will start this story at the end, letting you know I'm ok. And I know now that no matter the outcome, I would've been ok, but the eventual biopsy was negative for cancer. The lesson was positive, though, and it's why I want to share it. 

The beginning of the school year always means one thing for me-my annual mammogram appointment. I always go right away, wait for results, and I'm in and out in record time, no issues. This appointment was different, and to be honest I had an uneasy feeling that...

In yoga, we settle the mind by moving the body though the "8 limbs" of practice: asana (physical practice), pranayama (breath practice), yamas & niyamas (inner and outer observances) amoung other simple yet complex practices (pratyahara, dharana, dyana, samadhi).  But "yoga" doesn't have to include all of them, all the time. I taught a yoga nidra class (deep relaxation and meditation) recently and someone asked when we would "do the yoga part". It's a common misconception that it's not yoga if you're not in a warrior 2 position at some point. Sometimes your yoga can be the mindfulness you espouse during the day. Mindful of your thoughts, what you eat, how you interact with people...taking your yoga off the mat is more important to me than if you...

We have all had the experience of being away on vacation, and falling in love with the vibe, right? The calm, the relaxation, even the air even feels different! Why? Probably because you have slowed down, stepped away from the pace of everyday life (practices, meetings, emails.....) and more than likely, you unplugged. The constant stream of tv news, social media, pop ups and the problems of the world disappeared. And what happened? You felt amazing! I'm guessing you found time to be out in nature-on the beach, on a trail, or climbing behind a waterfall! I recently returned from facilitating an amazing yoga retreat with Shannon Algeo and The Travel Yogi to Iceland. I was in heaven, exploring the waterfalls, coastline, glacier...

If life has been feeling a little flat, you're finding it difficult to find inspiration, and that get up and go activation energy just isn't there? You might be ready for a energetic re-charge, and this adventure might be just what you need! 

I hope you'll join us for an amazing week filled with daily yoga, deep meditation, & crystal alchemy sound baths, along with exploring the other-worldly landscape of Iceland. It will give each of us the energetic re-alignment we are seeking. Prepare to feel energized, yet deeply grounded and fully open to receive all that Iceland has to offer. Your intuition will become clearly defined, as we sink deeply into the feeling body, learn to recognize how intuition guides us, and tap into your personal power....

What are Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls?

I know, "crystal alchemy" sounds kind of foreign right? I first learned about this type of healing when my oldest daughter was in preschool, many years ago. In this case, the crystal refers to the quartz in the bowls and the alchemy refers to the process of transformation, creation, or combination in their use.

Her class started early and I usually found myself in the library to pass the time. I read a book called, "The Healing Power of Sound" by Mitchell Gaynor, and was fascinated by the Harvard-trained doctor and his take on healing. A patient of his (who used singing bowls during his cancer treatment) opened a new door for the Western trained doc who quickly saw the benefits...

I don't know about you, but when I watch the news it's basically a police report and that's just not fun! I want to hear the stories of kids doing something amazing, a charity giving back in a big way, people changing lives for the better-but those stories are always a blip on the screen, at the very end of the news broadcast...or worse yet on at 4:00am when no one in their right mind is awake! How is that fun? Helloooo!! It's not! I know there are important things happening in the world, and bad things too, but I'm tired of hearing the worst things that happened overnight while I drink my coffee everyday. I want to start my day with something good! Something inspiring!

The Magnify The Good Spotlight will shine a light on...

Instead of asking my yogis to set an intention for class today, I asked them a question: 

What desire lies deep at the bottom of your heart?

What is important to you that has become buried under the busy-ness of life? Before you became a spouse, a parent, a grown-up. Can you remember? Will you continue on the path that feels safe, and comfortable? The path that is clear?

Or will you have the courage and wisdom to build your life around the answer to the question?

The path will be full of weeds, and it won't be easily seen. It's definitely not comfortable. You might feel completely lost. There might be thorns to go through to get to it...but wouldn't it be worth it to allow your true self to emerge again? To live the life you imagined before th...

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