Getting Off the Line

I think we can agree that we’ve all had a day – or a week – where we can’t seem to shake the funk, yes? Sure…sometimes there’s nothing we have to do about it – other than to simply BE with whatever arises. That said, if you had a tool to shake the disempowering context, wouldn’t you want it? One approach I use…

A Different Approach to Headstand

Headstand, or Salamba Sirsasana (sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna), is touted as the King of All Asanas. My relationship with this pose has vacillated as I’ve become a more experienced practitioner and teacher. One thing that’s had a profound influence on how I relate to Headstand is my choice to view this pose through a “product over process”…

Facing The Counterfeit

In my last BLOG I made a critical connection – that our biggest breakthroughs are housed inside our biggest fears and breakdowns.   Now what I didn’t mention are some of my secret weapons to stand in the face of what I like to call The Counterfeit. This phenomenon is akin to what author Seth…

Creating Space for Breakthroughs

Picture my wife and I traversing a winding, lush mountain road toward the Waimea State Park on the island of Kaua’i. We wind around a hairpin turn and, in an instant, a massive canyon vista bursts into our view.   Cristina turns to me and playfully quips, “Today does NOT suck!”   I’m present to…

When Your Love of Asana Shifts

It’s very natural that we start off with a physical practice that drives and inspires us in yoga. And, in many cases, it’s a core reason why you – and many of your students, if you’re a teacher – come to this thing called yoga.   The author of The Heart of Yoga: Developing a…

The Work-Life Balance Myth

I recently had the privilege of leading a mindfulness talk, titled Mindfulness for Life-Work Balancing, to a group of leaders from a Houston-based education collaborative. These leaders were mainly coordinators and managers from various educational service centers and schools. Within minutes of meeting the group it was evident that each leader was dealing with an exponentially full…

The Sting of “No” is Your Greatest Gift

It’s tempting to skirt or stonewall incoming criticism. We actually begin training our subconscious brain from a very young age to avoid hearing the word “NO”. Why? Well…because hearing the word can sting. We also don’t get what we want. Getting what we want is like candy for the dopamine pleasure centers of our brains — whether…

Managing Your 3 Energies: Strategies for Working Mindfully

The dominant energies that intersect and ultimately dictate our moment-to-moment work flow are: (1) optimal creative energy, (2) low-fi energy (also described here as our “dip”), and (3) dullness or lethargy. In my co-leadership of a yoga-inspired business (Mind Tribes), a yoga-based nonprofit (In-Powered), and my regular private and group yoga sessions, working mindfully necessitates…

No Effort is Ever Wasted

It’s common to experience things as a waste of time and money, especially when we’re confronted with conflicting information. It’s a practice of coming back to your “why” which grants access to discernment and knowing fully which tools to continue using and which ones to leave behind.

U-Shaped Thinking & Tension: Attitudes for Growth

When we experience any sort of pain – either in practice or in life – we habitually zoom in. We zoom in quickly to rid ourselves of the pain. We zoom in to find the solution. We try to solve the shoulder injury, the low-back tweekiness, the failing career, or the pain of losing someone.   In our…
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