Practicing Authenticity – Embracing Who We Are

Researcher and Author, Brené Brown says,  Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Two words in this definition stand out for me – “practice” and “embracing”. First up, authenticity is a “practice” it’s not just an attitude or belief – it has to be something we actually do, and to make it stick, we probably need to do it daily for at least 30 days to begin with.  This will create a habit. Also we need... Read The Rest →

The Power of Embodied Presence and Mindfulness in Yoga Therapy

Embodied Presence – Have you noticed how simply taking a deep breath can often change how you feel? Taking a deep breath is an easy way to re-inhabit your body after your mind and feelings have been racing around and not coming home to you.  Among other things, that deep breath, brings focused awareness back to your physical experience in the moment.   It brings you home to yourself for a few moments, and when you land, things sometimes don’t seem as bad as they did.  This describes a very simple... Read The Rest →

Putting Down the Load

The other night I couldn’t sleep. My mind was turning so much I decided to get up and write out all the thoughts running through my head. There was so much to sort out, my list of “to do’s” required sub categories. By the time I was done writing the list I noticed I felt much more settled and calm. I found that interesting because It’s not like I really got anything accomplished, but by purging and sorting my thoughts out on paper, it felt like I no longer need... Read The Rest →

A More Meaningful Life

Are you looking for a career that gives deeper meaning to your life? SEEKING MEANING IN LIFE  is something we all do, and it often includes questioning our career. Many seekers of a fulfilling career are naturally drawn towards a career as a yoga professional – either as a teacher or a therapist. It’s a meaningful and potentially fulfilling choice, and one that serves others. In 1984,  I was in search of a more meaningful life and career.  So I left my Australian homeland and tenured college teaching job, to study and live at... Read The Rest →

Listening to the Body: Applying Principles of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy to Psychotherapy

Listening to the Body by Ruth Jacobson, Ph.D. The growing field of somatic psychotherapy recognizes what many Eastern spiritual traditions have taught for hundreds of years: our emotions and our bodies are very connected.  Given the deep and inextricable connection between emotions and the physical body, applying traditional systems of wisdom from the East which understand and work with this connection to the practice of psychotherapy makes good sense.  Many of the principles and practices of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT), a mind-body-spirit modality founded by Michael Lee, M.A. in... 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 →

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