3 Energy Medicine Practices to Ease Anxiety

In the perspective of Energy Medicine Yoga, anxiety is caused by an imbalance in the element of fire, which is governed by the meridians of heart, pericardium, small intestine, and triple warmer. In summer, which is the season of fire, many people feel like they’re burning out of control, full of anxiety for everything they […]

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2 Poses for Mental & Physical Balance

In our increasingly busy world, where the many things pulling our attention are seemingly never-ending, we have limited time to do a practice to keep ourselves healthy and balanced both spiritually and physically. So rather than ask you to add one more thing to your already busy lives, I propose following the adage of working […]

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SoulMat : Brush your Teeth, Floss your Back!

Many of you know I am a massage therapist as well as a yoga teacher. While I have helped countless people with back problems… I can’t touch my own back. Nobody can touch their own back. Not in any useful therapeutic way, or not without multiple bolsters and blocks and rolled up mats carefully arranged. […]

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Mind–Vrtti=Peace

About a decade ago I met a yoga teacher named Rama Jyoti Vernon. She was tall, ageless, with a thick, black mane of hair. One of the founders of Yoga Journal back in 1975 and the person who first brought BKS Iyengar to the US, Rama came to 8 Limbs to talk about the Yoga […]

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On Pranayama

Breathing practices have been used for centuries by various contemplative traditions. Tibetan Buddhists, Sufis, Yogis and many others have benefited from sustained attention to the breath. Modern science has documented the effects of the breath on our nervous and endocrine systems, noting how the breath can be used directly to shift these systems when attended […]

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Beginner’s Mind – Meditation

We often see the image of a person in meditation sitting much like the Buddha, legs crossed, hands in mudra and a smile upon the face. It’s a great image: it looks so simple, so peaceful, so easy!!!! But for many of us it feels difficult to find stillness and silence in our chaotic lifestyles. […]

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On Compassion

A couple years back, during a guided meditation on retreat, I was given the prompt, “Why are you here?” I don’t remember exactly how I silently answered that question but I think it was something along the lines of, to deepen my meditation practice. Whatever it was, it was a pretty standard response for the […]

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Love+Devotion=Bhakti

This month our Yoga Math theme is Love+Devotion=Bhakti. Hopefully we all know what LOVE is, and that it makes the world go ’round. DEVOTION can be to a person, to a deity/the divine, or to a cause or activity. When we DEVOTE ourselves we give over or commit our resources to that chosen aim. We […]

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