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May 12, 2021
finding warmth: ten standing + hands/feet movements

Humming is warming Humming, singing, speaking, and listening to the human voice -- all can be soothing to the nervous system. When the sounds communicate a safe relationship, they can help to boost your vagal tone. What is vagal tone? It's basically how easily you can move between being agitated and being calm.) Which means […]

May 10, 2021
humming is healing, and chanting is, too

What's with the chanting? If you've been to my class enough times, you've probably heard me chant/sing Sanskrit mantras at the end of class. This is something I came to through my ISHTA studies. The "full" ISHTA meditation concludes with chanting several mantras. I learned them gradually, first listening in during group class, then chanting […]

May 7, 2021
chanting A-U-M

A-U-M or OM One of the ISHTA meditation practices includes humming or chanting "Aahh" then "Uooo" then "Mmmm". These are the component sounds of "OM," which is also chanted for devotion and meditation, though I rarely use it that way. So I thought I'd give it a try and compare the two. This week, I […]

May 7, 2021
expanding: standing forms on moved to heal

Moved to Heal gets a new format I'm trying out a shorter, more concise format for the Moved to Heal practice episodes. In the new format, the practices are shorter, and most offer forms grouped by "type": standing, seated, hands and knees (or hands and feet), reclining, prone, and breathing. I've also eliminated the section […]

May 5, 2021
waking center: five standing + hands/feet movements

Healing is work Yoga is often associated with relaxation and general wellness -- with each and every practice. That can be the case for some, and it can also be the case that your experience will vary quite a bit from day to day. Moving through a practice can be work -- not only in […]

April 30, 2021
being ok with meditation

Listen to "Ep 506 - Being Ok with Meditation + Sat Yam" on Spreaker.

April 28, 2021
steady: fifteen standing movements

It's ok to take your time Welcome to this week's TSY practice! If you give it a try, I invite you to leave aside expectations or assumptions and trust how you feel in a given moment, even if it takes a while to figure out how that is. It can take time and space to […]

April 26, 2021
breathing as a practice for rest or mood shifting

In a previous post, I shared how your breathing and body/mind state relate to one another through the autonomic system, as well as how trauma and triggers should be considered when breathing to regulate your physical and mental state. You can read that here. In this post, I’m going to outline two breathing practices that […]

April 23, 2021
experiencing the change inside

We all change We grow, we age, we change -- from year to year, day to day, and moment to moment. The other day I took a special delight in paying attention to my body changing from tense and tired to relaxed and ready to rest. It was a reminder of just how much is […]

April 21, 2021
weaving: ten standing movements

Be where you are Today, I invite you to let yourself be where you are --in whatever way you take that invitation. And with that, I want to share a bit about letting your breathing be where it is, because our breathing and physiological state (and therefore our emotional state) are causally linked. Breathing is […]

April 16, 2021
letting go of assumptions

Holding assumptions is normal The way our minds work, assumptions and face-value judgments take effort to avoid and overcome. Sometimes that's just fine. An assumption doesn't adversely affect you or anyone else and just hangs out in your base of knowledge not being called on all that much. Of course, often times those assumptions are […]

April 14, 2021
soft stance: ten standing movements

Bringing awareness into practice For most of us, body awareness is a blurring of what we feel in our body and what we've learned about our body. Can you recognize this in your own awareness? Perhaps notice where that blurring --which you might experience as complex or unsure, among other things - feels ok for […]

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