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…

  Imagine absolute spaciousness. All physical tension, worries, and concerns float away as you breathe more deeply into relaxation. Your mind begins to quiet and your thoughts slip into the darkness. The only sensation is the quiet rhythm of your breath. You surrender more deeply into this world of limitless expansion and yet you do…

  Uncertainty. Most of us avoid it with everything we’ve got. We grasp tightly to what we know. We seek out safety, stability and confirmation. We aspire to be in control. In fact, most of us have spent most of our lives learning skills to help us stay in control. Whether it’s on mountain slopes,…

A peaceful warrior is always working on themselves. Someone who is continually facing life’s circumstances with a warrior spirit yet strives to keep their inner world and outer world at peace. It’s someone who has inner strength and personal power yet strives to live a peaceful life. Someone who is full of inner resources despite…

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…

When was the last time you sat, really sat and asked yourself, “What do I want in this life – in my profession – in my relationships, etc?” I don’t mean for 10 minutes at your counter with coffee in the morning, or the flittering thoughts as you’re driving to a meeting or to pick…

Set your books down tonight, books of science, pages of genus and species, chapters on history and religion, the lives and passions of others. Can you remember what it was like to be a child? Walk the forest under full moon. Some things are hidden in darkness but others are alive in the soft light.…

When we cut and cook an onion, it becomes translucent and reveals many aromas and flavors. Its layers reveal its beauty. And so do ours. As we peel back the layers of our being, we delve into the exploration of what we are made up of, what defines us, and what remains once all the…

Before you meditate, fill a glass jar with water. Look at it and think of how it’s like your mind during a quiet moment — clean and clear like the sky. Now take a little bit of sand or soil that you’ve brought in from outside and dump it in the jar. Each tiny grain…

Are we at a tipping point for understanding how the mind and body can heal and repair themselves? After attending the Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference at UCLA, it certainly feels that way to me. At this gathering, therapists, counselors, scientists, and mindfulness and self-compassion teachers came together to discuss the theme: Mind, Consciousness and the…

Commitment can be scary. 365 days of handstands, however, may just be an upside-down perspective worth seeking. From the first handstand of her yearlong journey (in standstill traffic, on her way back from Mexico, after six months of sailing), Deidre Norman discovered that when she challenged herself to stay committed to daily documented handstands, she…