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Embodiment, The Nervous System and Yoga Therapy

Perhaps it is the climate of our nation, but I am overdue for a geek blog. If the words “gray matter” intrigue or excite you, or if you just wonder why savasana feels so good, please enjoy this blog on how yoga can embody your nervous system. Gray matter is brain tissue located in the cerebral cortex of the brain.  Studies have shown (you are going to have to …

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In praise Of Spider Webs

Mind is the spider; spinning, spinning, madly spinning. Recreating the past; restless and poisonous. A tapestry of turmoil. Thoughts all connected with one unsubstantiated thread. I lost my place in the center. Terrified of heights, I grip the edge, fearful of falling back down. So desperate for a satisfying meal, unable to get beyond the gasping fly. Too self-absorbed to see the beauty of the whole web. Be patient. …

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Choose Love To Heal Trauma

Raw and scared and hopeless and unsure and angry and revengeful: Hatred is a result of all of these faces. There is no need to see photos of victims, know their names or hear their stories; I choose not to know so please don’t talk details.  My protective cover is on. It is a shield that only allows me to choose love. The sensational story lines are for the primitive …

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Healing from a Concussion with Yoga Therapy

(This first person perspective on using yoga therapy to heal a concussion was written in July 2010 while 6-20 days post-concussion. The timing of the concussion was incredibly serendipitous; six days later I was scheduled to attend an 11 day Yoga of the Heart training with Nischala Joy Devi at Kripalu Yoga Center. The program is designed for cardiac and cancer therapy, but it was a remarkable recovery option …

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