Moms Benefit from Yoga Therapy for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Beyond

“The job of a birth partner or a laboring mother is to look deep within, past the intellect, into the realm of body wisdom, and trust the process. This is the heart of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and it works in the delivery room like you can’t believe!” ~Lela Beem, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Professional, Evanston, IL. Recently, as part of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy’s Professional Spotlight Series, I had the honor of interviewing Lela Beem, PRYT professional in Evanston, IL. It was Lela who I received my very first... Read The Rest →

Your Yoga Not Mine – From The Diary of a Yoga Teacher

This yoga teacher is done with going through the motions of asana practice. Asana practice alone is not enough. As a yoga teacher, I want to offer more than a flowing choreography and a good stretch.  Why are we doing what we do in a yoga posture?  How does it relate to our life away from the mat? Yoga can change life for the better right? Yoga is not just a band-aid for stress, and aches and pains, although it can be applied that way and that’s not so bad... Read The Rest →

Harness Body Wisdom – Capture the “Ahaa…Moments”

Ever had one of those ahaa… moments during your yoga practice?  You know, the moment when you get sudden insight or awareness that has life changing potential? I think we all have them from time to time regardless of the nature of our practice.  My belief is that when we engage our body and become very present to our whole being through the medium of our body – something magical happens.  I think our bodies have amazing wisdom to share with us and are just waiting for that right moment... Read The Rest →

How to Put Oomph to Your New Year Resolutions

Whatever else it means to us, the coming of the New Year does present a great opportunity for us to re-think and re-focus.  This reflects the essence of Phoenix Rising  – “dying to the old and being born to the new.” A great time to celebrate and set new directions.  From my experience though, and possibly true for you, some great resolutions have died on the vine before bearing fruit. Is there a way to set new year resolutions so they will produce some tangible and desired change in our lives?  I... Read The Rest →

Follow Your Dharma

My colleague Stephen Cope in his recent book, “The Great Work of Your Life” talks about dharma as “your life’s true purpose”.   To follow it, the question then becomes, what do we do at any given time in life to firstly know what your dharma is, and then, more significantly, take the action needed to manifest it – to live it out day to day.  It’s become easier for me, as the years have unfolded, to embrace this concept, to pay attention to it, and hopefully to put action to... Read The Rest →

Awareness – The First Step to Authentic Living

Tich Nhat Hahn says, “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” When we become more aware, we have more choice and can get in touch with what really resonates for us in life.  When we make choices and use them to dance to the beat of our own drum, we are living more authentically. So why not shine a little awareness on your life?  Yet, when most of us try to “be more aware” a few things usually go wrong.  First up, we are “trying” and... Read The Rest →

Winter’s Chemistry And Our Body-Mind

Winter drags on for most of us. I heard last week, the only state that does not have snow is Florida. I meet many people daily in my job. I have been trying to maintain a sunny disposition in the face of this interminably long winter. I keep hearing myself say, “The sun always wins”. I see more light every day and hold my hope of warmer days close.   Often I find myself thinking in the middle of winter doldrums, “what’s the matter with me?” as I find myself... Read The Rest →

5 Tips for Yoga Teachers

I work with a lot of yoga teachers.  And I have been on the journey of being a yoga teacher for many years now.  I often find a commonality amongst us teachers, especially as we begin our journey.  We tend to fall into the mind trap of having to be someone other than who we are.  We often feel like we need to project this image of “perfect” as if we have already attained the highest state of enlightenment, kaivalya, and show our students that we always live from it. ... Read The Rest →