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The Value of a Sweet and Spicy Core

I started to think about my offhanded video title “Sweet and Spicy Core” and what a confusing, nonsensical image that might be. Speaking linguistically, we throw the word “core” around to take on a broad range of meanings. The definition of “core” includes absolute, deep rooted, or in a complete or extreme way. Most often, the word core is added to make a statement stronger. In my definition, I …

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No More Squatty Potty, Bring On Malasana Pose

I secretly call Malasana the pose that shouldn’t really be a pose at all, as it is rather a forgotten instinctual position in our body; a bit like tonsils which we now take out as if they have no purpose. Invoke Your Inner Child I remember when my kids were little, watching them play for hours in “malasana pose”. Whether it was squatting next to the noisy traffic of …

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Explore Sacred Spirals In the Body

This body spiral practice came out of several inventive ingredients; The practical one being I laid on my newly finished floor to test the viscosity for what I thought would be a short moment and was still rolling around 45 minutes later in a cathartic state. I also recognized earlier in the week during several uphill hikes that it was taking conscious effort to get my pelvis and torso …

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’Tis The Season of Ritu Sandhi in Ayurveda

If You Feel Out of Balance… Did you know it can be connected to the change of seasons; particularly this time of year when we are going from summer (Pitta season) to fall (Vata season). The imbalance may show as restless sleep, constipation, irritability and impatience, heightened or nontypical anxiety, weakened immune system, and/or difficulty maintaining a comfortable body temperature, (and I thought that was just menopause 😂 ). …

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Change Pain With Somatic Movement and Distraction

The most powerful thing to change pain is your own mind. A practice used in Yoga Therapy for healing pain is the method of distraction. Distraction is about re-investing some of your focus. It does not mean the pain is gone. For instance, we often use the breath as an awareness point to distract ourselves from negative thoughts or feelings. This is one coping tool. In Somatic Yoga, distraction …

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Avoid Being Or Having A Pain In the Neck

As I was thinking about putting together a Somatic Yoga practice to balance and relieve the neck muscles, I overheard someone use the term “a pain in the neck” to describe someone else. How odd it is that we choose the anatomy of the neck to describe someone who is irritating; particularly a neck that is in pain. Why not the knee or ear?! Why do we pick on …

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Eight Limbs of Yoga In The Honey Jar

Do you want to know what meditation is?  If you practice yoga, did you know that yoga postures and meditation are inextricably linked? Meditation is the highest form of yoga.  There are common misconceptions around the terms meditation and mindfulness, and dare I say liberation.  This is the definition of meditation from the point of the the Eight Limbs of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras, a classic yogic text.  …

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The Other Path To Enlightenment

Imprisoned in the house from the cold, Christmas is a holiday to get through and New Year’s resolutions have never worked for me, so I struggle… every year, this time of year.   Repressed memories.   Unreached goals. Fear of more failure.   Gratitude for having more than enough laced with guilt in thinking of all those in need. I know this is part of the cycle – to …

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