Simple Breathing for Managing Moods

The Yogic practice of breathing, called pranayama, is an ancient method for mobilizing the body and mind toward balance. When we restrict the breath, we diminish our energy levels. When we relearn to breathe deeply, we allow our mind and body to utilize the nutrient-carrying and waste-removing power of oxygen in our blood. In Yoga,…

Sharing the Yamas and Niyamas with Children: Ahimsa Part 1

********* In this series, I will discuss sharing the Yamas and Niyamas with children. The Yamas and Niyamas are ethical principals that  are outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. They can be applied within any spiritual, religious or secular practice since they deal with how to act peacefully within ourselves and with other people. This first…

Behind My back

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional ~Buddha If you’ve ever been in a Yoga class where you spent more time in child’s post than in down dog, you understand the feelings of embarrassment, frustration, and surrender. Even when you take the ego out of performing in a class, there’s still a small part of you…

Yoga for Tired Eyes, Part 2

“When the mind is tired or strained, nothing can rest the eyes; and when the mind is at rest, nothing can tire the eyes” ~Pratima Raichur In Part 1 of Yoga for Tired Eyes, I talk about cool rinsing, oil massage, and eye palming for tired eyes. Taking care of our eyes can help us…

Yoga for Tired Eyes, Part 1

“When the mind is tired or strained, nothing can rest the eyes; and when the mind is at rest, nothing can tire the eyes” ~Pratima Raichur When I am tired, often the first place I notice it is my eyes. The eyeballs themselves feel dry and irritated. My eyelids feel heavy, slow, and even itchy.…

How Soon Is Now?

Mama Sutras Series Yoga Sutra 1.1: “Now is the Time for Yoga” In this second examination of the first sutra (the first part can be found here), I’ll approach it from a deconstruction of the sutra. Next time, I’ll look at it from a parenting perspective. This first sutra acts as an introduction for all…

Rebooting The Mama Sutras Series

Last year, I began a project using the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as a framework for looking at gentle parenting and mindful living off the mat. I left the series for awhile as I explored some natural tangents into Buddhism. But, I’m ready to return to the Yoga Sutras. I’ll begin with my original post…