Blog & Yoga Tips/Tools

Becoming Friends with Your Breath

When I don't know what to say or write, I'll take a deep breath to let my mind quiet and make space for a calmer and more subtle "voice". If things¬†get stressful or I feel my anxiety rising, I've found letting loose a sigh, growl, or silly noise makes a world of difference. During moments … Continue reading Becoming Friends with Your Breath

A Tale of Two Beauties

A tale of two beauties. ūüėć Our dog Biscuits got really sick last week. Honoring the wisdom of her body and its call to rest and recover, she took to spending the day and night curled up in the bathroom behind the toilet, as this helped her feel safe and secure. While previously, listening to … Continue reading A Tale of Two Beauties

Communion as the Point

I find the more I blur the lines of where I end and others, nature, and God (or Spirit if you prefer) begin, the better life gets. Along those lines, in a podcast I recently listened¬†to, one of the speakers said something about "communion", both a powerful¬†relational intimacy and a central Christian practice, that brought … Continue reading Communion as the Point

When Yin Dances with Yang

For as long as I can remember I've been a pretty driven dude. Pushing to score higher, run faster, rank better, and so on. And while my fiery side has served me well, it's also been a curse. You see this competitive, yang, or masculine spirit has the unending appetite of a growing teenager, always … Continue reading When Yin Dances with Yang

The Gift (Helping Others) and Curse (Harming Others) of Power

One of the blessings of having my life wrecked like a ship in a storm when I should have died in a hiking accident 12 years ago, lost my job as an officer in the air force as a result, and when I went through two divorces, is it helps me see things from a … Continue reading The Gift (Helping Others) and Curse (Harming Others) of Power

Being a Peaceful Warrior

What is peace to you? How many people would honestly say they don't want peace? Why is it such a broadly and highly valued virtue is in such short supply in our world, and perhaps our lives? What is the path to peace within us,¬†around us, and across the land? One of my favorite yoga … Continue reading Being a Peaceful Warrior

America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference

In our rush to point out, fix, and dwell on the wrongs in our country (past + present), let's not forget we've done an awful lot of good as well!¬†We become what we focus on, and stay what we ignore!¬†So, while we definitely need to see, name, and heal our junk, I think it's vital … Continue reading America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference

Crying Our Way to Life

I taught 3 classes in a row where someone cried at the end. What a gift and inspiration!!! You see yoga is a practice of becoming more human and alive, and¬†tears are a sacred and important part of what it means to be fully human.¬†FAR from the cultural conditioning that says waterworks are weakness and … Continue reading Crying Our Way to Life

Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love

What is justice? Like real, life-giving, healing, and unity-building justice? Recently, "No justice, no peace" is one of the sayings going around in the peaceful demonstrations and posts. I don't know about you, but justice as punishment, finger-pointing, and shame (go to forms), has never helped¬†me. Quite the opposite, actually. I think of my 15-year … Continue reading Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love

See, Name, and Speak Goodness

What would change if you woke up each morning believing you are amazing? What would shift if you went into each day trusting others are intrinsically¬†incredible? While I was running the other day, the following thought came to me:¬†What if the solution to all our problems and key to a fabulous world and existence is … Continue reading See, Name, and Speak Goodness