in a “no excuses” world, let’s give ourselves permission

Scrolling through my fitness-heavy Instagram feed, I sometimes see “motivational” quotes like these: “Never miss a Monday!” “No excuses… work out at home using a throw pillow and a can of soup!” “The meal plan you need to finally lose those 10 pounds” This kind of “get your shit together” inspo has never worked forContinue reading “in a “no excuses” world, let’s give ourselves permission”

working WITH your stress response: three practices you can use to feel better now

In the past few weeks, we’ve explored how our brain handles stress and trauma; we’ve learned about polyvagal theory; and we’ve learned that simply understanding our body’s response to stress will help us to avoid its negative effects. Now, it’s time to dive into some physical practices we can use to move through a stressContinue reading “working WITH your stress response: three practices you can use to feel better now”

you & your wandering mind

“My experience is what I agree to attend to.” -philosopher and psychologist William James What does it mean to agree to attend to experience? We have choice around what we will pay attention to; how we pay attention will shape our experience. The Buddha said, All experience is preceded by mind, Led by mind,Made by mind.SpeakContinue reading “you & your wandering mind”

it’s just your polyvgal pandemic response

This is part 2 of our series on working with the physiology of stress. You can read part one here. In my last post, we learned about the triune brain model and how each layer is responsible for different mental and physical functions. We learned that when we are faced with more stress than weContinue reading “it’s just your polyvgal pandemic response”

this is your brain on pandemic

Should I reorganize that closet or start a new career? Screw it, I’m going to eat these oatmeal creme pies. Like me, I’m sure you’e seen a lot of suggestions about how to best handle the maelstrom of emotions that come from living through a pandemic. Grief, fear, anger, depression, boredom, guilt– these are allContinue reading “this is your brain on pandemic”

Settling the Mind in Savasana: A Body Scan Technique

Recently I took a look at some different Savasana variations to help your body feel comfortable and relaxed for rest. When our bodies are supported and at ease, we give our minds a better opportunity to be calm and peaceful. Sometimes, even with the body in its most optimal position, our mind is still racingContinue reading “Settling the Mind in Savasana: A Body Scan Technique”

After Gym Class: Learning to Love Movement via Yoga

A few weeks ago, I read an article in the New York Times entitled “How You Felt About Gym Class May Impact Your Exercise Habits Today.”  This is something that feels so obvious to me I was kind of surprised that it merited an article, but then again, I think way more about my traumatic lifeContinue reading “After Gym Class: Learning to Love Movement via Yoga”

Presence in Yoga, Presence in Love

I love to teach yoga to newbies. There’s an almost palpable sense of coming alive in those first few classes. As students learn to move in new ways, it’s not unlike a toddler explore her range of motion- testing out a foot here, or the gaze here, or marveling at what her body can do and how itContinue reading “Presence in Yoga, Presence in Love”