Archives of Practice

Yoga Nidra Magic from The Master Who Created It

What’s your favorite way to relax?  Do you head for the bed and horizontalize? Watch youtube videos of baby goats wearing pajamas? Make a big pot of mashed potatoes with extra butter, collapse on the sofa and watch an HBO series? Cocktails with friends? Walk in the park? A good sweaty yoga practice? Some or all of […]

Yoga Nidra: The Practice of Inner Beauty Sleep

“As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” ― Pablo Neruda   “We see the beauty within and cannot say no.” ― Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius       Beauty and Sleep.  Two very good friends, bedfellows even. The expression “Beauty Sleep” usually conjures the […]

3 am Yoga- or, Yoga Practice to Soothe Sleeplessness

3 AM. I’m in bed. Wide awake. I’m not worried about a thing, yet I‘m surely not falling sleep anytime soon. I know a thing or two about sleeplessness. My body is drawn into the yoga posture known as Child’s Pose (face down, knees drawn alongside the ribcage, in wide-knee fetal position). I’m hugging a pillow underneath my chest. […]

You are the Real Bling

Sharing this one for you to think about while you shop for gifts, while you hang sparkly ornaments on your tree when you look into your loved one’s eyes. You are the real bling.  I hope you unearth lots of Eureka this holiday season. What am I talking about? Well….. My Passion: Cultivating Consciousness by […]

Build the World You Want from Inside Your Playroom

I want to keep cool and collected as the holidays close in and help you do the same. Here’s the strategy I’m trying. I’m hoping to balance my own meditation-sabotaging thoughts and habits: A new twist. Instead of breathing away negative or sabotaging thoughts as I usually do, I’m gonna see what it’s like to play with them like […]

Meditate like an Artist & a Scientist’s Lovechild

Art and science are often talked about as two separate worlds with thick walls around them that no one can or should pass between. Drawing a line between art and science keeps art dreamy and science dependable. But.  I think our inner world is much more sophisticated. We are made of the union of opposites.   We know we’re part […]

Thank You, Mister Iyengar

Thank you Mister Iyengar  If you follow yoga news, you probably know that BKS Iyengar is no longer with us. Hearing this news, I had to drop what I was doing and reflect. I imagine so many other people all over the world did the same. Iyengar, along with Pattabhi Jois, more or less Co-Fathered modern yoga. I’m […]

Atypical: 5 Reasons Why it Sticks

From the Google dictionary a·typ·i·cal āˈtipikəl/ adjectiv not representative of a type, group, or class. “a sample of people who are rather atypical of the target audience” Synonyms: unusual, untypical, uncommon, unconventional, unorthodox, irregular, abnormal, anomalous, aber rant, deviant, unrepresentative; strange, odd, peculiar, bizarre, weird, queer, freakish, eccentric; exceptional, singular, unique, rare, out of the ordinary, extraordinary; informal:  funny, freaky Know me personally? You might not need to ask “Why atypical yogini?” (Ahem) I don’t remember my reaction […]

New Blog for the Modern Meditation Community

You might know already that we’ve recently launched Meditation for Non-Meditators: the (Forever) Beginner’s Blog. It’s our gift to ourselves and the meditation community. It’s the meditation blog we’ve always dreamed of but could never find. You might be wondering WHY a 2nd blog? Will the 1st blog keep going? Answers for YOU– >> Q: Regarding the […]

2 Meditations for Summoning Spring: Snowglobe and Spinal Tap

The term somatic (from the Greek σωματικός) means ‘of the body’—relating to the body. So, we experience the mind as well, but as an integral part of the body.  What these practices will do for you: Help you shake-off wintertime doldrums and lethargy Get stuck energy moving Bring a sense of spontaneity  Ground your attention into the center of your […]