Notes From the Mat

From my mat to yours.

​Are you eating oatmeal for fiber? Think again...

Most of the things we think of as “flour” or “cereal” are just seeds, seeds that need their hulls removed before we can consume them. They are ubiquitously high in non-fiber carbohydrate and require extra processing before they get to us. They’ve become the backbone of our national food chain and...

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Letter to a Yoga Teacher

"With this body and capacity you transform the ordinary and make it sacred... Through this cause and condition you pick up dirt and turn it into gold." ~ Dogen, 13th century zen monk Dear Aspiring Yoga Teacher, If you are reading this letter, there is much you have already learned: the actions...

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Dynamic Duo of Pranayam: Kapalabhati and Nadi Shodana (Skull Shining and Alternate Nostril Breath Practices)

Originally part of a longer post, published October 25, 2007.... Skull shining breath is a fast, exhale-focused belly pumping breath, really excellent at creating heat, clarity & focus. If you make a diamond by joinging your thumbs and forefingers, then place it on your abdomen by putting...

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4 Principles of Balance in Yoga Poses and Life

Repost from yogaguide.wordpress.com, February 28th, 2010... with editing Balance in yoga pose starts with Mountain - the one that looks suspiciously like just standing there. What turns it into a yoga pose is extreme awareness: how is my weight distributed? How is my spine stacked? What's the...

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What is Yin Yoga, How can Yin Yoga help me and Should I be doing it?

Yin yoga works with sometimes intense sensations over longer periods of time (2-5, even 10 minutes), and relies on the difference between pain and intensity. We'll discuss 3 different ways to work with intensity and turn anything into meditation. Yin yoga is a style of yoga that focuses on...

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Home Yoga Practice Mojo: 30 Days of Yoga Practice Inspiration and Mojo

Home Yoga Practice is the foundation of Healing Yoga and is accessible to everyone. But how do you get started - or restarted? How do you stay inspired? How do you know what to do when you roll out the mat? If you're ready to commit to you, your well being, your practice and your...

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Why Home Yoga Practice is the Foundation of Healing Yoga

Your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is your internal system for creating homeostasis, and homeostasis is the balancing of opposing forces in the body. But sometimes the forces being balanced won't come into balance in the usual way - sometimes one or more the conditions being balanced requires...

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3 Signs that Your Neck Tension Comes from How You Breathe

Neck and shoulder tension is one of the top complaints that initially bring people into my studio. I recently attended a training online by Robin Rothenberg, C-IAYT, Essential Yoga Therapy Program Director, during which she used a line she has become known for: “You can’t stretch it better,” and...

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How Yoga Heals: Take control of your well being through everyday practices

Yoga heals by bringing every layer of your being into the light of awareness. In the light of awareness, patterns and habits are organically transformed. Through long repetition of habits cooperating with the rhythms and conditions of our bodies - also known as epigenetics - genetic expression is...

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You CAN reprogram your brain. Yoga can help.

Resilience, your ability to "bounce back" from stress, is not entirely something you are born with. Self-regulation, another term for resilience, is something you learn as you deal with frustrations of being in human body as a toddler who has never had to figure out this feet thing before - much...

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