Yoga class is full of forms: standing poses, balancing on hands or feet, seated poses, backbends. We shapeshift and move through poses on the belly, side and back. The yogi is always practicing moving into and out of forms as part of practice. One word for form in Sanskrit is Murti. This word is specifically…

Question: What is your brief definition of yoga? Answers: (responses from real people who practice yoga) A: Union of mind, body and breath A: Alignment of body and mind A: Striving towards the middle path A: Where I go to remember how to be calm A: Physical exercises which promote strength, exibility and balance A:…

Question: Why do you practice yoga? Answers: (an interesting and diverse array of real student responses) A: For sanity and peace A: To balance and heal my body from many injuries A: To improve my athletic performance A: Overall health A: To meet girls A: Stress reduction A: For community A: To detox A: To connect…

  Arianna Huffington is doing it. CEOs and CFOs of Fortune 500 companies are doing it. And now, thanks to an anonymous donor and the St. John’s Wellness Program, more than 50 employees of the Teton County School District and the Teton Science Schools are doing it. Practicing Mindfulness. There is more and more scientific…

  You talk to anyone who does yoga, and they will tell you it is a practice. In the best of cases, it is a practice for life. Studies have shown that regular yoga asana practice over a long period of time supports flexibility and strength, peace of mind, and balance of emotions. But what…

The Ultimate Towner is a down and dirty four-mile race in which participants overcome 25 obstacles ranging from mud crawls and rope swings to 20-foot walls. Tim Walther, the founder of Grand Dynamics, started the race four years ago after a climbing accident and a breakup – one of the most difficult times in his…

Is there a path to inner sustainability? Only if you are willing to travel through your inner landscapes and discover, no — remember, who you are and what passions and gifts you have brought into this lifetime. This soul journey is for the courageous and faithful who are willing to go into the shadow as well…

Meditation Sit comfortably in quiet solitude, and place your hands on your belly. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings as you consider the question: Am I fully loved for who I am, no matter my faults, circumstances or mistakes? Meditation: Here is an exercise to take you away from your thinking self and to…

Biofeedback and Visual Imagery for Healing and Performance Successful athletes visualize success before they’ve succeeded. The 90% mental, 10% physical percentage illustrates the power of the mind in relationship to the body. And if athletes happen to encounter an injury, they can use these same visualization skills to heal. The sophisticated power of the mind…

As I gathered music, altar objects, and prepared material for the four women’s metaphysical groups that I lead at Padma Mountain Studio, I found myself reflecting on their faces and how they have changed in the past 30 years. I saw the commitment to spiritual awakening, passion to learn tools to empty the mind, heartfelt…

An overwhelming period of anxiety took over my life a year ago… the gut wrenching, breath stopping kind, absolutely paralyzing both mentally and physically. Perhaps you’ve had times in life where you felt safe, stable and then the earth shattered beneath your feet (a landslide?!): your mind suddenly turned into a night-long, ever- working entity…

I invite you to sit still for a moment and consciously drop down. Fall from your head into your heart field, like a pebble being dropped into a soft watery pool of potential. Feel the quiet ripple relax your shoulders and straighten your spine. Try it again and this time really let yourself fall deeper…

A recent Harvard study reports anxiety and depression are hitting epidemic proportions in our country. It goes on to say that yoga and meditation are proving to be two modalities that are helping. As yogis we know this, and we practice what we preach each time we step on our mats. Our world of 24/7, constant-go…