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Practicing Open Heartedness

I’ve been making Valentine’s with my daughter Gretta who is obsessed with hearts.  She is drawn to anything with hearts: heart socks, heart cereal, heart stickers, heart hair clips.  Gretta might be one of the most open-hearted and loving people I know, so her affinity to hearts isn’t shocking. What does being open hearted mean?  When you are around someone …

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Being the Light During These Dark Days

My daughter Gretta, who has been gifted with joie de vivre, has been singing Jingle Bells at the top of her lungs all week.  During one of her renditions, I heard the lyric “making spirits bright” in a new way, making me think about how we can keep our our spirits bright this holiday season.  We are in a natural period …

Yoga is Good Medicine

I had the opportunity this week to lecture to 180 first year medical students about research on the health benefits of yoga.  They stayed awake, and were interested! Following my talk, the doctor who invited me said…”Wow, that data really makes me want to start yoga!” Here are some of the stats I shared with them that might motivate you …

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My Meditation Journey (thus far…)

It was 20 years ago I was first introduced to meditation while on internship at the University of Miami cancer center.  I was required to attend daily meditation over the noon hour.  At first, all I noticed was my racing mind, impatience, and annoyance that I wasn’t spending my lunch break in the warm sun.  Within a few weeks, however, …

Downshift as Fall Approaches

How is your life balance?  I spent years trying to find that elusive place of equilibrium with the perfect mix of work, family life, relaxation, and a clean house.  There were moments that felt balanced, but the operative word is “moments”…it never lasted. The yoga sutras teach that we can achieve balance, or a “sattvic” state in our mind and …

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Summer Solstice 2015

The sun is at the height of its power on Sunday when we experience the longest day and shortest night of the year. Solstice means “standing of the sun”, and is a major turning point in the earth’s cycle, providing a great time for self-reflection. Take a moment to honor all that has unfolded in your life since the solstice …