My Dark Night of the Soul

About 6 years ago I found myself smack dab in the middle of a dark night of the soul. I had 3 young children, I was working myself to the bone, and my body began to revolt. Four rounds of strep throat in 6 months led to joint pain, diarrhea, migraine headaches, exhaustion, and brain fog. I could hardly get out of bed. How …

How is your Sleep?

How are all of you sleeping these days? I am feeling much more tired than usual, even if I get a full night of sleep. I’m also routinely waking up between 3-4AM. Unless I immediately fall back to sleep, my busy mind starts worrying and chattering and it’s a crap shoot whether I will sleep again before the sun rises. …

Surrender Practice

How are all of you hanging in there? In general I feel well, but will have waves of sadness that come . I talked to a friend yesterday who just feels angry. Another one of my friend’s anxiety has totally been triggered in light of the world’s events. For most of us there is worry. Worries about getting ill, about our overall safety, the …

Breath as a Metaphor

I’m appreciating my lungs and breath in a new way these days and envisioning them remaining healthy and strong. But if you are anything like me, I have noticed that my breath has changed since all the news of COVID-19. Disordered breathing is one of the first things to change in response to stress. How we breathe is a metaphor …

Vibrant Body

Haven’t you felt more of an urge to get outside and take a walk or get on your bike? While exercise is important no matter the time of year, it is especially essential as we transition into Spring. Our tendency in the Winter is to slow down and hibernate, so early Spring is the time to begin to lift the …

HeartMath

Do you put your head or your heart first? The research is clear: the heart is where it is at! The HeartMath Institute in California is doing cutting edge research on the physiological state termed “heart coherence”. They are learning: The heart sends more information to the brain than vice versa. (The heart is smart). The heart responds first to unknown future events that the …

9 Tips to Combat Depressed Mood in the Late Winter/Early Spring

This past week I observed many people starting to emotionally crash, myself included!  Getting ready for work I received the 10th call of the season came from the superintendent of my kids’ school announcing yet another snow day. I admit I spent several minutes in tears on my closet floor feeling exhausted, frustrated, limited, and certainly not wanting to deal …

Yoga For Emotional Well Being

Eighteen years ago I found yoga during an especially tumultuous period of graduate school.  Little did I know that starting yoga would have such an impact on who I am, and would change the course of my career. The integration of psychology and yoga is my passion, and I feel an urgency to get this work into the world. The …

Manifesting What Your Heart Desires

What do you want?  It’s a powerful question and also one of the hardest questions one might ask.  Getting clear on what you desire is not easy. But it is a question worth pondering.  I ask myself that question in a formal practice every day.  In the style of meditation that I practice and teach, every session begins with 4 …