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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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Why And How We Set an Intention In Yoga Class

The Significance of Setting Intention in Yoga The word yoga has 2 meanings in Sanskrit: one definition is to yoke or union, as in the way we bring together the physical body and mind with postures and breathing. We also use the word yoga to describe a state of being where we do everything in life with more awareness. What we do and say to ourselves in class becomes …

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The Ayurvedic Concept of Ojas In spring

Ojas is the beautiful sanskrit word that explains the essence of life. It is the subtle form of radiance, heath, immunity and longevity. On the physical level, Ojas corresponds with our bodies’ muscle, fat, bones, bone marrow, blood, plasma and semen. Ojas, along with Prana (physical vitality) and Tejas (mental clarity), make up the three positive forms of our constitution or doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in Ayurveda. In spring, …

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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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Gratitude Meditation With Tarjani Mudra

Tarjani Mudra – Gently press the tips of the index fingers together, allowing the other fingers to relax inward.  Release the shoulders back and down, with the elbows held slightly away from the body and the forearms parallel to the earth, as if you are spaciously framing your heart. Take time to settle in and relax.  Pick a place where you will not be disturbed by anything or anyone.  …

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Applying The Three Gunas In Elections and Life

If you are still struggling with the post-election dystopia, have you considered trying yoga? Before you do, may I please explain something? As Gabriel Halpern said in his dharma talk last weekend, starting yoga to find peace and comfort is like being caught in a rain storm and deciding to jump in the ocean.  As a yoga studio owner, it saddens me to see countless class passes expire. In …

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Yoga Therapy to Weed The Inner Garden Of the Mind

Perhaps it was the soaked soil after several days of straight down rainfall that motivated me, but it was the first time in 2 summers that I got into the garden to weed. Though I love my work, teaching 14 weekly yoga classes and offering yoga therapy does not leave much time for gardening. I used to do some pulling and transplanting in spring then leave things like watering …

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