Five Tips to Stay Cool and Calm

August 7th, 2018

Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, but none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.
-Mikhail Lermontov

We have arrived at the heart of our summer, August. Bright sunny days of hot sun and sticky days of rain showers.  Heat and humidity.

And then there is the hectic energy of getting in the summer vacation, beach days and BBQs as well gearing up for back to school and the fall.

So how do we stay calm in the chaos?  How do we stay cool in the heat?

Here are five yoga and mindfulness activities to help keep you cool and calm. (more…)

Just Breathe…

July 30th, 2018

Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is the only moment.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Did you know that you take approximately 21,000 breaths a day?  The act of breathing reminds us that we are living beings, that we are alive. The breath is our life source as well as a conduit to our internal state of being.  Through the breath we live, and through the breath we can also heal.

In our yoga practice there are two pieces to breath work. First there is what we might call breath training, or understanding breath. Secondly there is pranayama, or breathing exercises, we do to strengthen and practice the regulation of our breath. (more…)

Freedom to Balance

July 10th, 2018

It is easy to avoid doing things that feel really challenging or that we are afraid of.  The crazy thing is that when we do step through a challenge, or face a fear, it actually diminishes.  I was massively afraid of heights in certain situations and one day, while at Six Flags with my daughter, I decided it was time to face my fear once and for all by doing a bungee jump.  Since this was an activity at a theme park, I figured that it had to be safe and the worse that could happen is that I would be really really freaked out.

As we got hauled up into the air, I was so scared.  I could not pull the cord that would release us and allow us to fly straight toward the ground (what was I thinking. Lucky for me, my awesome daughter Jesse was there and she managed to find the cord and off we went.  Once the initial shock wore off and I opened my eyes it was actually a really cool experience. AND,although I do get shaky and sometimes feel really challenged by heights, I am more easily able to work through it.  Facing the fear, lessened the fear. (more…)