Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Easing Physical or Emotional Pain…Mindfully

In our society, we have almost become “programmed” to view pain as a bad thing.  Actually, physical pain serves a very helpful purpose as a messenger.  If we didn’t feel it, just think of the damage that could be done from, say, a hot stove or a broken bone!  As well, we also tend to […]

Wedding Day Yoga Leads to Bliss

This week I celebrated my wedding on the beach.  My husband and I were married privately 6 months prior, and had decided we wanted to create a special beach wedding celebration with close friends and family.  The thought was that it would be “easy” carefree and “simple” to host a gathering for 70 close friends. […]

Is yoga like stand-up comedy?

“You’re a yoga teacher? Cool…show me something really impressive!” This is a typical response when I share that I teach yoga (and teach the teachers!).  I think that it must be what stand-up comedians feel when they divulge what they do, and hear the inevitable “Say something funny!” Oh, the pressure! When I get that […]

Birds-Eye View

The last time I went to Pikes Peak (not far from the place that I now call home), I had no intention of doing anything other than hiking and enjoying the scenery with my husband. Little did I know that I would have two experiences that changed how I feel about the world around me, […]

The Blessing of Affirmations

When you look in the mirror, what’s the first thing you say to yourself? If you are like most women, it’s not something kind or complimentary. Most of us are WAY too hard on ourselves, and the media doesn’t help with that. Think about it…can you recall ONE company that promotes happiness with what IS […]

BODY EMPOWERMENT – “Breathing”

As part of the weekly Wednesday posting of my ongoing YouTube series “Body Empowerment,” here’s “Breathing (Body Empowerment 58)” originally posted May 21, 2012, on YouTube.com by Caroline Rothstein. This video addresses and explores the importance of breathing and the breath as a coping mechanism in times of triggering anxiety or negative thought patterns. About BODY EMPOWERMENT: Founded […]

Worth the “Weight”?

I never thought I could learn so much about myself from a cactus! Upon a recent trip to Arizona, I learned something about the Saguaro cactus (the really tall ones that can have a bunch of “arms”, once they are 75 years old). They can shrink and expand, based on how much moisture they hold […]

Yoga Strengthens My Core

I admit it – I LOVE Yoga! Incorporating it into my daily life has empowered me to stand tall and speak from the heart. As you may know, yoga is a very personal practice which makes one stretch myself past their limits, physically and mentally.  Practicing yoga encourages me to persevere and ignore negative thoughts; it […]

Meditation and Stress-Management Through Ancient Painting Techniques

I recently learned of a style of painting called suiboku-ga or Sumi-e that originated with Zen monks — the artform itself is a meditative practice.  What better stress-management tool could there be?  It employs art, yogic teachings, meditation and mindfulness. With gratitude to a yogi that I have followed for about 8 years named Leza […]

All This Talk of Mindfulness … What IS IT?

Partially re-posted from my “Eating Disorders in Schools” blog on Gurze publications. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn of the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”*  When I teach students about mindfulness I explain that it is an important part […]

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