Notes From the Mat

From my mat to yours.

Challenge + Comfort, Practice + Letting Go

“If failure isn’t an option then neither is success.” ~Seth Godin A couple of weeks ago I asked a question on Badlands Yoga’s facebook page about challenge or comfort; you immediately caught the assumption in the question and reflected deeply about the value of each in your practice, responding...

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Going back to the root: feeling better through empowering changes you can make yourself

As a YogaGuide, I help people struggling with pain, tiredness and feeling at home in their bodies. Clients come to me after they’ve been routed through several specialists by their primary care professional, including many tests and imaging studies, often without meaningful improvement or even...

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Butterflies Take Time: give yourself some… on the mat

Caterpillars are very hungry and see very little; only light and dark patterns very nearby. They have sensors on their “mouths” - the maxillae under their mandibles - that tell them to eat when it’s ok and not to eat when it’s harmful. One day, after shedding many skins, their juvenile hormone...

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The exhausting cycle of stress and how to break it

Have you ever felt like this: You’re having a bad week, or money has been tight for a while. Work conditions aren’t ideal. Family relationships are wearing thin and it feels like there’s nowhere to stand that both honors your feelings, and spares the feelings of people you love but don’t always...

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​Are you eating oatmeal for fiber? Think again...

Most of the things we think of as “flour” or “cereal” are just seeds, seeds that need their hulls removed before we can consume them. They are ubiquitously high in non-fiber carbohydrate and require extra processing before they get to us. They’ve become the backbone of our national food chain and...

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Letter to a Yoga Teacher

"With this body and capacity you transform the ordinary and make it sacred... Through this cause and condition you pick up dirt and turn it into gold." ~ Dogen, 13th century zen monk Dear Aspiring Yoga Teacher, If you are reading this letter, there is much you have already learned: the actions...

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Dynamic Duo of Pranayam: Kapalabhati and Nadi Shodana (Skull Shining and Alternate Nostril Breath Practices)

Originally part of a longer post, published October 25, 2007.... Skull shining breath is a fast, exhale-focused belly pumping breath, really excellent at creating heat, clarity & focus. If you make a diamond by joinging your thumbs and forefingers, then place it on your abdomen by putting...

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4 Principles of Balance in Yoga Poses and Life

Repost from yogaguide.wordpress.com, February 28th, 2010... with editing Balance in yoga pose starts with Mountain - the one that looks suspiciously like just standing there. What turns it into a yoga pose is extreme awareness: how is my weight distributed? How is my spine stacked? What's the...

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What is Yin Yoga, How can Yin Yoga help me and Should I be doing it?

Yin yoga works with sometimes intense sensations over longer periods of time (2-5, even 10 minutes), and relies on the difference between pain and intensity. We'll discuss 3 different ways to work with intensity and turn anything into meditation. Yin yoga is a style of yoga that focuses on...

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Home Yoga Practice Mojo: 30 Days of Yoga Practice Inspiration and Mojo

Home Yoga Practice is the foundation of Healing Yoga and is accessible to everyone. But how do you get started - or restarted? How do you stay inspired? How do you know what to do when you roll out the mat? If you're ready to commit to you, your well being, your practice and your...

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