Category Archives: mindful yoga

Do You Know How To Rest? Learning a Life-Saving Strategy

I have had a complicated relationship with “rest” over the years. My first awareness of this was when I found myself unable to step down on my foot without excruciating pain. It came out of the blue from one step to the next. One moment I could walk and the next moment I couldn’t. It

Why I Love Costa Rica and Maybe You Should Too!

Pura Vida is Costa Rica’s unofficial national slogan, and you hear it everywhere. The meaning of pura vida is “pure life,” and symbolizes the simple, cheerful outlook and lifestyle of what is often called the happiest country in the world. Pura Vida can be used to say “hello,” “good-bye,” “okay,” “you bet,” “don’t worry, be

Strengthen Your Heart Connection—”Hello Beautiful!”

It’s estimated that we have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. Whew! That’s a lot. What’s even more amazing is that, according to research, 75% of these thoughts are negative and 95% are repetitive. We excel at criticism and judgment. And these repetitive, automatic thoughts lead us to believe ideas about ourselves that are less than

Gift Yourself a Jungle at the Beach: $200 OFF NOW

I recently took a chance. Despite being discouraged by some people, I signed up to teach a yoga retreat at a new location — on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica at the beach!! I listened to my gut, and I was right. It was AMAZING and TRANSFORMATIONAL. So much so that I already signed

The Wisdom in Balance: Contracting and Expanding

NOTE TO START: This will be the beginning of a new era of writing which will focus on my two current areas of interest — Yoga and Energy Medicine. I have been teaching yoga in the Kripalu tradition for 25 years and, for the past three years, I have been teaching an Energy Medicine Yoga

Taking It Off The Mat: Yoga For Your Life

I’m in the middle of teaching the 21-Day Summer Sunrise Yoga series. Every two days I teach one of the Yamas or Niyamas (basically the yogic directions on how to live your life found in Limbs One and Two of the Eight Limbed Path of Yoga). Each Yama and Niyama have an associated mudra (hand

Align Yourself with the Energy of the Summer Solstice

June 21 is the Summer Solstice, which reminds us to turn inward and find the nourishment needed to grow and evolve. It is a time to pause and wait for the energy planted in the Spring to reach full bloom. After the Solstice, the northern hemisphere begins tilting away from the sun and the days start

Taking Mindfulness into the Community—Here’s an App for You!

If you think teaching mindfulness would be helpful for people in schools, hospitals, or in crisis mental health settings, first, I agree with you. Second, you’ll want to finish reading this blog about a wonderful organization called movemindfully®  and what they’ve accomplished in the Twin Cities area. But most of all, learn about the resources

Unlock the True Healing Power of Yoga

When Lauren Walker and Donna Eden join forces, it’s a superstar event.  Two leading pioneers in their respective fields of yoga and energy medicine.   As Lauren began to weave these ancient techniques that Donna teaches into her personal yoga practice, a beautiful synergy happened.  A magical union of two ancient healing traditions became Energy Medicine

Yoga is Freedom–On and Off the Mat

One of the most beautiful things about yoga is there is a yoga for every body. No matter how old or young you are, no matter what size you are, or your physical ability–there is a yoga for you. In fact, yoga is not as much about physical movement as it is about your mind