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…

Yoga is a mirror. I stumbled upon yoga years ago at a time when the mirror of yoga and of my inner life seemed to be shrouded by a veil as thick as cotton. As I grew into womanhood and left my mother’s house for college, I began to dangerously attach my happiness to an…

It was a cold, clear morning in April, and I awoke feeling pretty down. I won’t go into the details of why, but after wallowing around the house dabbling half-heartedly into a handful of unfinished projects, I realized that a dark cloud had settled heavily around me. Captain Ego was in full control, and I…

In today’s society is it hard to find someone that has not heard of the chakras. Though too often, it stops there. Learning the chakras is a lifelong study, but one that will truly enhance the person that you are. Chakras are not a new age fad, or trend, but rather an ancient Eastern wellness…

Intuition is an invaluable, built-in, higher guidance system, which comes with us at birth. The soul (higher consciousness, higher self, spirit) is the source of these intuitive messages, and the soul informs us what is our greatest good. Intuition bypasses the rational mind and presents itself in the form of “that little voice inside,” a…

We tend to forget that we are animals. I know it is not sexy or spiritually inspiring, but the truth is we are part of the animal kingdom. We are also unique. Our human experience is complex. We are animals with a conscious. Animals with an ego. We are self-aware. This can present a lot…

Once you name it black it will keep you in the dark Once you name it sorrow it will hold you in its arms Once you name it sky it closes you in Once you name it a leg you think you know how to move     Once you name your heart red, all…

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…

When I return home from a yoga training, like the 7 weeks I just spent with my teachers in Maui, I can most accurately gauge its effect. Do I feel rejuvenated, inspired, different or transformed in some way? Is there more clarity with regards to my current goals, intentions, and self-work? Do I have more…

It is summer in Jackson Hole. The verdant green of the valley shines into my windows with almost shocking intensity. As I gaze into shimmering aspen leaves over pink honeysuckle blooms in my yard, I’m finding it difficult to move away from this sublime present moment to take my readers with me on a journey…

Some call it a leap of faith when you take a jump into the unknown. But what is the unknown, really? What do we really not know anymore? Everything seems so premeditated, so measured and analyzed. In fact, when in uncertain situations, we tend to do as much analysis as possible to try to figure…

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…

Do you eat well, exercise—or try to—and still struggle with food, weight and body image? Do you have trouble with overeating, emotional eating, fatigue, mood, digestive concerns, maintaining or losing weight, or with other eating challenges? If so, you are likely missing out on a critical piece of nutrition. When you limit your focus to what…

Editor’s Note: this article originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole. We now know the brain is very dynamic; it can be upgraded at any age, and it changes in response to internal training. Neuroscience has identified four brain circuits that, when activated on a regular basis, will lead to measurable increases in happiness and wellbeing.…