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Why Menopausal Goddesses Should Nourish Their Adrenal Glands

It is my opinion as a 55 year old woman that when you go through menopause, biological knowledge is power. So is a therapeutic yoga practice that addresses the adrenal glands. Hot flashes, or vasomotor instability as it is called in medical terms, is partially a product of imbalance in the adrenal glands. Adrenal insufficiency …

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Release Stored Emotions in The hips With Somatics & Yoga

The hips are lamentably but accurately considered the junk drawer of stored emotions. If you follow the belief that the issues are in the tissues, mental health conditions and trauma create physical symptoms in our body. Even when mental stress dulls or ceases, tension lingers in the tissues of the body in the form of …

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Low Back Pain, Breath, and The Quadratus Lumborum

No single muscle (or pair of muscles like the Quadratus Lumborum – QL) should be held accountable for low back pain. Never the less, if you do have low back pain, the QL muscle is likely to be tight. QL is the deepest supporter in your lumbar spine (L1-L5, AKA ‘low back’). As such, it …

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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 …

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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 …

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What I wish I said In the Mindbody Radio Interview

I did a twelve minute interview on mindbodyradio.com today and you can listen HERE.  Since I am more comfortable writing than public speaking, after the interview, I wrote down what I wish I would have said about being a Yoga Therapist and studio owner. What do you do?I offer a variety of accessible weekly classes …

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Stretching? No! What Is the Purpose of Yoga?

The classic teaching of all wisdom traditions is that humans suffer because we forget who we are – Divine BE-ings. We forget who we are because as humans we are hard-wired pleasure seeking survivalist. We seek enjoyment and relief from agitation and pain from things outside of ourselves – drugs (both the prescription kind and the ones that will get you in jail), alcohol, food, working too much, and in our relationships with others. The yogic path reveals that who we seek and what we need is buried inside of us under all of our human roles and repetitions of self-defeating stories.

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