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February 3, 2020

Most days I wake up and I'm excited to get my day started: I feel gratitude for my life and my passions, my family and friends... But there are those few mornings when I wake up and this isn't the case. It doesn't happen often, but when it hits it feels like a wave has...

January 1, 2020

Excerpt from CANCER + YOGA by Lorien Neargarder, copywrite 2019:

The first time I was asked to teach yoga to people with cancer, I declined. At the time I associated cancer with the death of my grandmother. She was a larger-than-life figure in my family and was always r...

October 29, 2019

More and more we are presented with evidence of how important it is to t

urn away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and sit quietly. There are even claims that meditation is the fountain of youth for the brain!

Most people tell me that they are unable to sit st...

August 6, 2019

I have this one shirt. It's a favorite shirt, worn out in all the right places, but even when it was new I found a piece of thread dangling from the hem. I hesitated to pull or cut it because I feared it would damage the integrity of the shirt. Now when I feel the tick...

April 9, 2019

A 2015 study published in the Journal of American College of Radiation found that "Listening to guided meditation significantly lowered biopsy pain during imaging-guided breast biopsy; meditation and music reduced patient anxiety and fatigue without compromising radiol...

April 4, 2019

Today I am looking for that perfect blend of sweet and sour, but it has nothing to do with food. I'm looking for that balance in myself. 

I know I can be sweet: calm, supportive and kind.

I know I can be sour: fierce, combative and sharp.

But can I walk the edge betw...

January 21, 2019

"Start by visualizing your perfect day," Cathy instructed us. It was the most unusual staff meeting I had ever participated in. She offered us a luxurious restorative yoga practice, complete with soothing manual adjustments that felt at times like a massage. At the end...

December 21, 2018

I'm writing this on the winter solstice, the time of year with the shortest day and longest night. This event has long been celebrated as the return of the light, because starting tomorrow the days grow longer again. This literal light at the end of winter's proverbial...

October 30, 2018

It’s the middle of the night and it’s eerily quiet. It takes me a few seconds to realize that I’m awake because I have to empty my bladder and that it’s quiet because I’m in the middle of the desolate Outback of Australia! Our guide told us yesterday that we’re in an a...

August 15, 2018

Vrksasana is the Tree pose, a balancing pose that requires a stable and strong standing leg and openness through the hips. For some, the balancing aspect of this pose is the most challenging. For others, opening the bent leg is too much for the hips, which throws the b...

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