Body and Brain

On Taste (Part 1)

Most mornings when we get up, Robbie and I pay attention to the sounds around us. We name 5 things, taking into account the sounds...

https://youtu.be/pbpM9aMoMUU
The Metta Practice of Loving-Kindness

Loving kindness meditation or "Metta" is a traditional Buddhist prayer that wishes benevolence and good wishes toward oneself and another. It is not a religious...

Reestablishing a Rhythm

When everything around you appears in disarray...your thoughts befuddled and nothing makes sense...there is usually 1 of these 2 things going on: "creational chaos" or...

Downloadable Practice for Centering in the Midst of Change

A step by step Home practice for Centering Oneself in the Midst of Change The one constant in life is change. To balance and maintain...

Patterns of Pain, Patterns of Happiness (Part 2)

When working to relieve or eliminate chronic pain, it is essential to understand the underlying patterns of thought, movement and types of "tissue holding" that...

Patterns of Pain, Patterns of Happiness (Part 1)

Perhaps the simplest and most efficient way to initiate healing and maximize efficiency and balance is through becoming aware of your Breathing.   In this...

More Awareness, Better Health

Most adults experience movement through mimicking a teacher of movement. They do the movement, very often a movement with an emphasis in one plane such...

Skeleton Meditation

Well it's halloween, and it seemed appropriate to bring up the skeleton meditation. The skeleton meditation is done in Tibetan Buddhism and in other traditions...

Wholistic Fitness

True fitness of the heart, mind, and body or "wholistic fitness" relies on our ability to   1) Contract the muscles and whatever we need...

True Healing Can Occur Right Now

You can heal right now.   You can.   True healing occurs in many dimensions, at the heart, the body, the mind, and the spirit....

How Much Aliveness Can You Bear? (Part 2)

"One of the things that is interesting about children is how much appetite they have...but also how conflicted they can be about their appetites. Anybody...

How Much Aliveness Can You Bear? (Part 1)

We are polar beings. From conception on, we divide, connect, separate then long for wholeness. We are male. We are female. We are love. We...

Dandelion and Bean Sprout Stir Fry with Freshly Grated Tumeric

Here is an easy to make, delicious and healthy option for a summer meal!   The ingredients:   * 1/2 onion or white part of...

How to Meditate, by a 3 Year Old

When my son was 3, he would teach guests at our house how to meditate: "Sit down. Cross your legs like this. Put your hands...

https://youtu.be/0IC0OuiLMbc
Learning to Breathe Correctly: Start with Where You Are

We often have the idea that there is something we can do better, including something simple as breathing. We go to a teacher to teach...

Large Love, Small Love, All Love

Several years ago I led a 40 day meditation on Love. Up until that point, I had some ideas of what love was and wasn't,...

The Practice of Metta or Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving kindness meditation or "Metta" is a traditional Buddhist prayer practice that wishes benevolence and good wishes toward oneself and another. It is not a...

The Practice of Tonglen

Tonglen is a Tibetan practice of breathing in the suffering of others and breathing out love and compassion to them. (more…)

How to Manage Your Inner Environment… Energy Fields and Sensations, (Part 1)

Whether you are an empath, a healer, someone engaged in spiritual practice and prayer, or are all of these, there comes a point where our...

Honoring your God Body

To find peace, to live and love fully, we must honor the body and all its sensations. Rita Naomi has been a leader in Integrative...

Quinoa and Kale with Garlic Mustard Pesto

The other day I took visiting family members to a Washington DC institution: Politics and Prose.   This bookshop is one of the few remaining...

Wild Garlic Mustard Pesto
(vegan, GAPs, gf)

Aaaah spring! How delightful the plants are as they burst forth with the warmer longer days. It is easy to see why Greek mythology describes...

Pleasant, Unpleasant, and Neutral*

In buddhist philosophy, the primary emotions can be broken down into 3 categories: emotions that are pleasant, unpleasant and neutral. Just as in the mind,...

What is Yoga?

My young son crawled under me this morning as I moved in cat/cow pose. He tugged on my sleeve, "mama." I paused and we sat...

https://youtu.be/dp4PiNorPAY
Bhu Mudra

A hand posture that brings about calm, lowers blood pressure and increases "groundedness" or a feeling of solidness in the body. A great centering practice...

What is Body Posture?

Posture seems simple when it is boiled down to adjustments of the head, shoulders, thoracic and lumbar spine. Many people are told to sit up...

https://youtu.be/bHSkhRhS5KM
Being of Service…

The 4 phases of authentic service...and how having awareness of our intention and being aware of a larger purpose can bring us to what we...

Chicken Yoga

This morning as I spread my yoga mat outside, Diamond and Sparkle, my hens, came over to say hello. They softly clucked, pecking the ground...

Heart Ticklish

A yoga teacher shared with me once about having a fear of teaching so great that she managed to make it through her yoga teacher...

https://youtu.be/N5dzMkX4RpA
Dirga Breath

Dirga breath is a three part breath that utilizes all parts of the lungs. It clears out toxins in the body and brings in fresh...

A Simple Gesture For Calm

From Buddha to Jesus, hand mudra's have been used for 1000's of years to express the sacred. Hand mudra's have also been used to generate a...

It’s Good For Your Brain, That’s Why

A research article was published last March on the positive effects of Kripalu yoga and meditation in the scientific journal "Frontiers of Human Neuroscience". Brain...