You Asked and It’s Here. I’m so pleased to share that what many of you have been asking for: Presenting Your Fab Yoga Life. It’s taken over a year and I believe it’s worth your wait. Key information to create the teaching practice you imagine is possible has been gathered together into a 6-part online […]
Practice and Pilgrimage through the Kathmandu Valley Imagine listening to the chanting of monks and the clanging of morning ritual bells as wafting incense reaches out from the mysterious temple entries. Imagine rising at dawn to circumambulate the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, otherwise known as the wish-fulfilling stupa. Imagine yourself meeting great masters of meditation, […]
You may already know that yoga and meditation are tools to train the body and mind to be present. But how do you apply these skills to make positive change in your life? Enter contemplative coaching. Contemplative coaching is the term I coined to describe a practical and therapeutic application of mindfulness practice– a combination […]
Somewhere between the extremes of effort and surrender lies the harmonious equilibrium called yoga. Holding both extremes at the same time, we essentially short-circuit conditioned mind with its habitual patterns. If what we mean by yoga is “union”, then the foundations of Ashtanga yoga provide a valuable tool to experience this dynamic balance of opposites. […]
It’s so tempting to believe that if we just get what we want, everything will be wonderful. You may sense that something is missing and if and when that illusive “something” comes along then you’ll be really happy. But I think you know how that goes.
Here are a few tricks I’ve learned to develop and maintain a meditation practice:
I’ve been a paid guest in some of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Quite often the resorts will pay airfare as well, and offer a work permit, so I’ve been able to spend extended periods of time in some very exotic places. The experience is rich, and I have friends from all around the world as a result.
Learning to adapt is the best way to create a strong mind and boost mental health. A supple mind is a relaxed mind. Seasoned expats have learned that accepting things as they are increases confidence and well-being, knowing you can handle whatever challenge comes your way with strength and grace. This is a skill anyone – expat or not – can benefit from.
Panic and anxiety are not purely mental events–they are physiological events, so they can’t be treated with the thinking mind only. You need to learn to BREATHE deeply, and train yourself to come back to the breath on a regular basis. Mind and breath are intimately connected. If you can calm your breath, your mind will follow. Ashtanga Yoga and meditation are tools to manage anxiety and stress.
Training body, speech and mind to develop and maintain pure awareness through yogic disciplines, meditation and contemplative study will change your relationship to your mind, and to your world. When you train yourself to be fully present, you then tend to make better choices in your life, creating less suffering for yourself and those around you.
Maybe you’ve heard the call recently. With the new moon today and 2 eclipses this month, many of us are feeling pulled to make big shifts in our lives: to take back power where we’ve given it away, to stop whining and enjoy the ride, to get our act together and share our gifts. This […]
Our whole life has one purpose, to be present and awake for what’s happening now. You can trip yourself up with plans and decisions, when actually what is needed is to learn to be present. Rather than deciding on a course of action, you set an intention and simply learn to be present in full […]