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,…

6 Ways to Gently Combat Chronic Pain Naturally

I’ve been managing chronic pain for over two years now. I’m not averse to seeking medical treatment, including medications, to treat symptoms, as well as root causes. But, as anyone with chronic conditions knows, there are times when they flare up despite utilized therapies and popping another pill may not be feasible or practical. At…

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Quibbling about Nibbling

Those that only take a nibble here and a nibble there will never attain anything…Those who really want to be yogis must give up, once and for all, this nibbling at things. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life-think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. -Swami Vivekananda I keep…

Mindfulness App: Prune-Habit Maker, Quit More

Much has been written about the disconnect created by our constant ability to receive information. More than ever, carving out a space for ourselves to experience full presence while living with ready access to distraction is important for our well-being. Technology can also be a tool to help with mindfulness. For example, we can learn…

Mindfulness App: Super Stretch Yoga for Kids

Much has been written about the disconnect created by our constant ability to receive information. More than ever, carving out a space for ourselves to experience full presence while living with ready access to distraction is important for our well-being. Technology can also be a tool to help with mindfulness. For example, we can learn…

An Exceedingly Brief History of Meditation

  Meditation is a practical, systematic technique for knowing yourself. It is does not belong to any religion or culture. But, it can be found in many of them because it is human to want to understand ourselves on every level. Meditation is a simple method of exploring the inner dimensions of yourself and ultimately…

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…