Healing Yoga

From my yoga mat to yours: healing yoga for everyday life

What is Healing Yoga?

Healing Yoga emphasizes the qualities of yoga practice and lifestyle that lead to the lessening ofobstacles to healing. While specific poses do have specific effects on your body, heart and mind, the healing of yoga occurs most powerfully over time as the obstacles to your body’s potent healing...

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Yogic Practices for Early Winter

Early Winter, Hemanta, is the season past the volatility of Fall, around November 15th through January 15th. As the angle and duration of sunlight change, temperatures fall and there’s a general drying trend, even with snow fall due to the deepening cold. Cold and dry are the two signal qualities...

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Kapalabhati

Also known as skull shining breath, this rapid, forceful exhalation through the nose is rapidly warming and energizing and helps to develop core connection, strength and discrimination. The exhale is driven by contracting the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) with the transverse abdominus (TA) - the...

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Clarifying the true afflictions: morning reading as an antidote for what's got you down.

I woke up this morning feeling a little peaked with a rather full day ahead. Flu has been all around and I was feeling down: "Oh no! I've done everything to stay healthy! I've been so careful and good! I can't be sick!" I know - what a pompous thing to think! Of course I can be a little down. I...

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Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies - packed with yum!

We make these with pure powdered monk fruit and stevia sweetened Lilly's Dark Chocolate Chips - even if you're not sugar free, this way of doing it means guilt free breakfast cookies!!! Packed with almond goodness, fiber, healthy fats and phytonutrients from the chocolate, 2 of these will put a...

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Simple Steps to Calm Vata in Late Winter

Are you feeling a little more tired than you think your current warrants - a little more frazzled and frayed? If everything else seems to be in balance and you just can’t figure out what has put you a quart down, it may be a vata exacerbation - which is just to say that the principle of movement...

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Why You So Down on Sugar?

Every so often a client asks me this: Doesn’t Ayurveda condone the use of grains and sugar? Why do you usually stay away and suggest it as a practice? While it’s true that Ayurveda - the science of life - does, indeed, suggest the incorporation of a wide variety of grains and sugars into our...

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Yoga Techniques to Calm Anxious Hearts and Minds: Grounding Vata

Late Winter, shishira in Sanskrit, is definitely here. The days are a little longer, maybe perceptibly, but many people are still leaving for work and returning home in the dark or barely light. More than that, the cold has been with us long enough that not even humidifiers and daily moisturizers...

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Dry January: How Your Yoga Practice Can Support Your Exploration of New Habits

Less a New Year’s Resolution than an experiment in habit formation, Dry January seems to really be taking off this year. The basic idea is that after the excesses of the holiday season, some people take a month to set aside of the prime drivers of gustatory and sensual excess: alcohol. In the...

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Private and Group Consultations and Yoga Practice

Have you ever had a yoga teacher come over to you in class and make some small, minor adjustment - perhaps asking you push your knee out against her hand, or push your head back into her hand, lift your rib cage into her hand - or even more cryptically, look right at you while giving an...

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