If you breathe, you belong here. Join me in exploring the intersection of yoga and meditation with everyday life. I’m offering you the tools that help me get through the day. My core values are empathy, integrity, equity and respect.
Change is inevitable, and there can absolutely be too much of anything, even a good thing. We can’t take it with us! We might as well loosen our grasp and invite ourselves to be with what is. Consuming more, especially at the cost of other beings, doesn’t generate real happiness. Next time you find yourself feeling anxious about a transition, or holding on tight, let go! Take a sacred pause, as taught by Tara Brach. Ground yourself in your environment, as you are, in your wholeness. Align with your values and authentic needs, and renounce the habits your fear holds onto. Meditation begins at minute 7.
When you tune into your inner knowing, the external fuzz of life can feel less irritating and intrusive. We don’t need to bother so much with outside stimulus when our nervous system is grounded in our intuition. When have you found yourself almost overwhelmed by a situation, and then discovered that although it was too powerful to control, you didn’t have to be tossed around by it? You may have discovered that, with trust in your highest self, you could ride that wave. This meditation from the kundalini tradition has repeatedly been reflected back to me as a useful visualization during the challenge of labor. During my own labor, I definitely found myself taking refuge in the strength I had developed through challenging meditations such as this. To go straight to the meditation: skip to 8:40. Join me on an idyllic organic farm for the Unwind & Unfold 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat August 18-22. More info at Healthyhappyyoga.com
Brahmacharya is walking the path of the divine. Knowing our direction, and responsibly cultivating our energy towards higher purpose. Access potential energy with three part breath, deep rest (Yoga Nidra), and a pranayama to widen your circle of inclusion. Join me on an idyllic organic farm for the Unwind & Unfold 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat August 18-22. More info at Healthyhappyyoga.com
Yamas invite us to recognize the interconnection of all beings. They can be seen as self regulation strategies which help us stay on track in our relationships, including with ourselves.
Asteya, or desirelessness, is the third. Any time we’re taking without permission, it can come from a place of lack. When we know that we already have within us everything we need, we will take only what is freely given. Developing an Attitude of Gratitude, we feel fulfilled and merge with the blessings of our lives. This meditation is given by Yogi Bhajan through my teacher, Hari Kaur. Join me on an idyllic organic farm for the Unwind & Unfold 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat August 18-22. More info at Healthyhappyyoga.com
This Meditation for Total Relaxation was given by Yogi Bhajan, and my beloved teacher Hari Kaur Khalsa published it in her wonderful book “A Woman’s Book of Meditation” You certainly don’t need to identify as a woman to gain the rejuvenating benefits! Please grab your blanket, get cozy, and join me for this practice visualizing and relating to the elements. Yoga Nidra’s traditional intention isn’t just about rest. Ultimately, it prepares us to completely surrender and merge with higher consciousness. Join me on an idyllic organic farm for the Unwind & Unfold 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat August 18-22. More info at Healthyhappyyoga.com
This meandering talk starts by examining tension, then asks what is health really? Happiness? We explore difficult emotions, reactivity, the limbic brain and the buffering effect of community. What would it be like to be seen in our wholeness?
I describe a grounding, restorative pose and a simple activity for discharging stress. Please join me! Join me on an idyllic organic farm for the Unwind & Unfold 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat August 18-22. More info at Healthyhappyyoga.com
Satya is the second of the yogic philosophical restraints, which we gratefully impose on ourselves to guide us in our relationships. Speaking truth to power is essential in this world. When your wise heart is awake, you know when it’s appropriate to express your creativity, when to use your voice, while also understanding intuitively when to be quiet and listen. Roll out your mat and join this live class to attend to your integrity, and I hope you have some fun too! We end with a Meditation for the Blossoming of Your True Self. Join me on an idyllic organic farm for the Unwind & Unfold 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat August 18-22. More info at Healthyhappyyoga.com
What makes you happy on the deepest level? You can cultivate the feeling of joy or contentment and grow that within you. Practice a guided visualization to move toward tranquility. Find balance through a 4x4 breath pattern. Then, work with a self compassion practice of accepting your disowned or shadow self. End with deep relaxation and a chant/prayer that all beings everywhere be happy and free from suffering. Join me on an idyllic organic farm for the Unwind & Unfold 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat August 18-22. More info at Healthyhappyyoga.com
How do you overhaul your subconscious habits when they no longer serve you? In this live recording of a meditation session, we cover several techniques. Samskaras are the psychic grooves we create by thinking the same thoughts over and over. Our mind has the potential to shift to a different groove. You’ll learn variations of three part breath, and chant the Sa Ta Na Ma meditation. Finally, enjoy a grounding relaxation to continue the process of healing your subconscious mind. The edit is a little choppy, since I cut voices to maintain the anonymity of the meditation group attendees.
Yamas are the yogic values you can use as a guide in relationships. The first is Ahimsa: Non-harming of self and others. Where do you turn harm inward? How do you lash out or unconsciously cause harm? You’re not alone. Criticism, in my experience, doesn’t help. What has helped me develop empathy is self compassion, therapy, and, especially, meditation. Join me in this practice of unflinching self care. Join me on an idyllic organic farm for the Unwind & Unfold 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat August 18-22. More info at Healthyhappyyoga.com