Mindful Movement and Yoga

6th Day of Yoga Meditation, Balance, Whidbey Island

Today was the last day of meditation here before we continue on on our journey in the U.S. National park system and the surrounding landscape....

Morning Yoga at Swan Lake Sanctuary

This morning's prayer and yoga practice was at swan lake nature sanctuary in Victoria, BC. One of the many wonderful things about revisiting a spiritual...

Behavior is Movement…

The expression of emotion and thought into form. If our thoughts make us do and act in one way, our movement can make us think...

Yoga and movement awareness classes with Rita

In the yoga and mindful movement classes, you will explore practices that will energize and strengthen you, helping you to release deep-seated tension and cultivate...

Sensation: a Simple Method to Finding Your Center and Recovering Vitality

For most people, the oldest and most constant connection outside of our mothers is sensation. As babies, when we feel the sensation of hunger, we...

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 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...

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...

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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...

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…)

Haiku poetry, 1st graders, and Yoga

I love poetry. So you can imagine my excitement when my son's 1st grade teacher told me they were introducing poetry to the class. His...

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...

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...

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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...

10 Second Mindfulness Technique…for the Child in You or the Child Beside You

No matter the age, we all have a need for a good start to the day. Slowing down before we speed up, allows for the...

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...

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...

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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...

Yoga is NOT a physical exercise

Yoga is not a physical form of exercise for me. It is a way of life, of "thinking", of being. There are physical postures, ways...

I feel more (less) with yoga and meditation!

There is the expectation among people that somehow if you meditate or practice yoga that you feel less. You are supposed to be more calm...