There are many different sorts of insomnia. Trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep and the one where you wake up around 5 am and can't go back to sleep until 6 or 6.30 or so and then get rudely awakened by your alarm after what seems only minutes later. Ever wondered what that one is all [...]
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
When we're young we are so quick to believe that anything that someone else does that we don't like is being done with the intent to hurt or [...]
In a previous newsletter we talked about measuring your self worth by the list of things we get accomplished during the day instead of realizing that our self worth is based on our existence as whole human beings. Taking time for 'being' helps to balance out all the 'doing' and leaves us less [...]
When my oldest son was only about 4 years old he started developing the attitude that I came to call the Spiderman Syndrome. He never wanted to practice to become good at anything, and if he wasn't immediately excellent he would never want to do it again. When he played soccer, he wanted to score [...]
A side effect of doing yoga is that it can make you cry. Obviously, we yoga teachers don't advertise with that because it could easily be taken the wrong way. While we don't set out to make our students cry, we may sometimes welcome our students' tears. And if you've ever felt like crying during [...]
Many of us measure our self worth by how productive we are, how much we get accomplished each day. We make lists and cross items off. We give everything 100%. We squeeze in a quick task before we need to leave on yet another task. We feel agitation or guilt when we haven't 'deserved' down time or [...]
It's true. No one goes through life without getting hurt, physically and emotionally. No matter how privileged we are, we all suffer heartbreak now and again. But you would do well to realize that hurt and suffering are not the same thing. Hurt is a fact of life, but suffering is an attitude and a [...]
Use your eyes to seek out magnificence in your world today. Not what's missing or what's wrong; because you will find what you are looking for. Also, having a sense of gratitude towards what is right in your world makes the parts that are not so right seem less overwhelming. If all you see are [...]
Smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are well known risk factors for heart disease, still the number one killer for both men and women in the western world. There is also strong evidence of another, less well known, contributing factor: so called 'Type A behaviors'. We all know people [...]
They come for the vanity and stay for the sanity.
~Dr. Sara Gottfried on women and yoga
I read this quote in the SF Chronicle a while ago and it reminded me of myself back when I started Yoga. It was a year after Ian was born (I am not counting my forays into prenatal yoga, in retrospect that [...]
When we say the breath is the connection between the body and mind, it also means that the breath can be used to influence one or both. The example that springs to mind is feeling anxious. When we have fearful, anxious thoughts or are in an uncomfortable situation, the body gets tense and the breath[...]
One of the hardest things to teach new (and old!) students of yoga really does not have much to do with the particulars of the poses, or even the breath. It has very little to do with tight muscles or insufficient strength, although they are part of it. One of the hardest things for people to [...]