Listening to Our Bodies

The Importance of a Really Good Wallow

I've noticed a theme with a few of my clients lately – a theme of being afraid to really feel whatever is going on for them. The actual feelings and the situations that are bringing them up are widely varied. The commonality lies in the fear that if they truly feel the feelings, they will be overwhelmed ...

My Headache Story

Note: I initially shared a version of following post on my About Page. I removed it a short while later but am now feeling called to share it here. My ongoing struggle with headaches is still really difficult for me to talk about. I hope that through sharing a bit of my story here, those ...

Learning to Fail Magnificently

Today, I want to introduce a concept that is so big, so awesome, so potentially transformational, that I’m practically paralyzed just thinking about it. You see, I don't have the words to convey such an important concept. No matter how I turn it around in my mind, my words fall short. I fail. Yet, here I am, about ...

Days 1-7 of the 40-Day Shiva Nata Expedition (plus practice variations)

A week! Done. Already. It's going so freaking fast! First, the recap of this past week: As you may recall from the initial 40-Day Challenge post, Week 1 was all about crisp, precise movements (in Phase 4). And, about noticing whether or not I was able to remain relaxed while practicing clear, exact movements. The most interesting thing ...

The 40-Day Shiva Nata Challenge

Confession: I've been seriously neglecting my Shiva Nata practice since the beginning of the year. I want to get back on track. Badly. My solution: A 40-Day Shiva Nata Challenge. If you want to deepen your personal practice (Shiva Nata or something else entirely) or would just like some support, I'd love to have you join me. The ...

How to Bring Ease into Your Holidays – Round 2!

Last year, I used the following process to help me find a bit of ease when I was feeling overwhelmed by all the obligations, pressures and self-imposed 'shoulds' of the holidays. You can read the original post here. Well, I'm back in the place of overwhelm again. We leave for Kansas tomorrow (tomorrow!) and I have ...

On Feeling Alone – Together

Lately, I’ve been feeling intensely alone. Not lonely. I very seldom feel lonely. Here’s how I distinguish between the two: Loneliness is that desire to be with other people when you are by yourself. That feeling you get when you really want others (or one particular other) near you. Alone is something deeper. You can be surrounded by ...

Holiday Madness Without; Ease and Wellbeing Within

(It is possible.) We’re entering Holiday Madness. The external signs (the music, sales, signs, advertisements...) are already obvious. The internal signs... perhaps not yet quite so obvious. We’re still on the edge of the holidays, after all, not right in the middle of them. Internal signs? Yes. That sense of impending doom, of stress and overwhelm descending, of just ...

The Dark Side of Self-Care

Most people agree that self-care is pretty important, right? Also, most people agree (at least in theory) that they are more efficient, kind, effective, and loving when they are regularly doing the things that nourish and support them. Right? Ok, then. What’s stopping us from making self-care our number one priority? I have an answer. You may not like it. ...

Using Your Senses to Relax Your Body

I went to bed tense and grouchy the other night. Lying there, I could feel tension radiating throughout my body. My legs felt stiff and achy, my breathing constricted, my thoughts racing. Knowing I needed to get a good night’s rest, I started going through my list of relaxation techniques, discarding each nearly as quickly as ...