3 Short Practices to Instantly Lift Energy, Mood, and Circulartion

Yoga always places a high value on purification of body and mind at all levels, but especially in spring as we need to release the ‘sludge and heaviness’ of winter.  It is a time to stimulate and revitalize the liver and large intestines; to release toxins and brighten up. To do this, we can and incorporate warming flows, twists, side leans, and inversions. Build heat gradually to help generate sweat and detoxify our bodies. 

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Expanding in the Heart Of Winter: A Restorative Practice Can Create Inner Space While Winter Contracts Around Us

Expanding in the Heart Of Winter: A Restorative Practice Can Create Inner Space While Winter Contracts Around Us

According to yoga and Ayurveda, like qualities increase like. We want to ensure that winter’s contracting elements do not weigh down our body and mind. We may wish to equalize by creating warmth, lightness, and openness. Our yoga practice, spiritual practice, and lifestyle should also keep things bright, fluid, and moving inside.

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Restorative Yoga Training: Deepening Your Practice and Teaching

Restorative Yoga Training: Deepening Your Practice and Teaching

Since 2001, I have been leading Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings across the country. Fifteen years later, it is amazing to see these healing styles of yoga being offered everywhere. Popular magazines are featuring restorative practices.  Celebrities are promoting it. “Restorative is the new power yoga” and is most definitely trending in 2017.

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How to Brighten Up Your Winter Blues

How to Brighten Up Your Winter Blues

This is one of my personal go to mixes to lighten up winter heaviness. Mix 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of grapefruit and 2 drops of eucalyptus (or peppermint) in an unscented base such as jojoba oil. Lavender is calming, grapefruit is a mood elevator and stimulates digestion, and eucalyptus is excellent for opening the respiratory system.

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Breathe In a Fresh Start

Breathe In a Fresh Start

For decades I've dabbled with essential oils. And while I know they work in ways beyond what is obvious to the nose, I have long chose my scents mainly because I love their aroma. I reach for Lavender to sooth me, peppermint to clarify, grapefruit to lift me, and (my number one staple) sandalwood to bring me back down to earth.  

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