How you start your morning can have a big impact on the rest of your day. Morning routines are a popular topic, and I find it fun to read about what others do to start their day off on the right foot. I am in a good groove with my current morning routine, so it seemed like a good time to share about it here.Read More
Do you ever find yourself spending more time on the internet than you intended? Do you often go down a rabbit-hole of researching a topic, learning more about it than you really need to know? When you feel nervous or overwhelmed by all the things you need to do, do you reach for your phone to check email, scroll through social media, or play a game? I certainly have experienced all of these things, and I recently have decided to create some boundaries around my internet use.Read More
In July, I attended a 5-day Insight Yoga Retreat with Sarah and Ty Powers at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY. One of my favorite topics covered at the retreat was metta, or lovingkindness. Ty gave a few talks on lovingkindness and provided some metta phrases I had not heard before:Read More
Reading is one of my absolute favorite activities, and I was fortunate to read a number of excellent books this year. Here I share the ten that stood out the most. Although a few of them were published in 2015, most of them are older books that I read in 2015.Read More
At the Level II iRest Training with Richard Miller I attended this Fall, one of the topics that really resonated with me was the idea of feeling safe with yourself. This was presented by Dr. Miller as one of the valuable fruits of the iRest meditation practice and as being of great importance considering that the world itself is not always safe. The ability to feel a sense of inner security and safety can provide us with an always-available refuge and source of comfort.Read More
As we prepared for our recent move, we made an effort to substantially reduce the amount of things that we own. As empty nesters, the house we just moved out of (and are attempting to sell) is so much bigger than what my husband and I need for just the two of us. In addition, our priorities and values have shifted over the past couple of years, and it has become important to us to simplify our lives and try to reduce our environmental impact.Read More
Developing our capacity for mindfulness has the potential to make a positive impact in every area of our lives.
Part of the reason for this is that when we are able to be mindfully present, we are less likely to react from our conditioning or habitual tendencies. The ability to pause and respond rather than react to circumstances in our lives is critical since it is only in the present moment that we are actually able to make choices and take action (or choose not to act) with our speech or behavior.Read More
iRest®, which is short for Integrative Restoration, was created by clinical psychologist, Richard C. Miller, PhD, and is an adaptation of yoga nidra.[i] Yoga nidra (meaning “sleep of the yogi”) is a form of meditative self-inquiry based on ancient teachings of yoga. During iRest yoga nidra, simple instructions are provided regarding where and how to direct your attention.[ii] During the practice, the body and mind enter a deeply receptive and relaxed state, and insight into the true nature of being is possible.Read More
Last week I had the incredible experience of attending Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy, where I became certified as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator (VLCE). Victoria, who is an author, inspirational speaker, and host of the Main Street Vegan radio show and podcast, brought together an amazing group of knowledgeable instructors, and it was wonderful to connect with the other like-minded, inspiring students.Read More
If I had to choose one central message I try to convey through my yoga teaching, it would be the importance of developing self-compassion. Self-compassion as I understand it means being kind and loving toward yourself when you are faced with feelings of inadequacy, difficulties, or pain.
According to Dr. Kristin Neff, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin who has done research on self-compassion, there are three main elements of self-compassion. The first is self-kindness, which means being gentle and understanding with yourself when you experience difficulty or failure or when you notice personal imperfections.Read More