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Author: brahmi

Giving Thanks and Ahimsa

A few years ago there was a turkey in our neighborhood who would walk in front of your car, tail feathers fully extended, stop you from proceeding, and start pecking the tires. The neighborhood named him Vern L’Heights, set up a Facebook page, and started posting photos. He was a character!   Vern stopped returning, but the turkey population in the neighborhood...

Yoga and Balance

When I ask students what their goals are for their yoga practice “improving balance” often comes up as one of the replies. I truly believe that Yoga is one of the best things you can do to improve balance. In fact, yoga is all about balance - balancing strength and flexibility to provide optimal range of motion and freedom from...

The value of yoga? 

    What is the value of your yoga practice?  Does it help you relieve your back pain? Relieve stiffness? Stress? Manage anxiety? Clear your mind? Help you focus? Stay present? Improve relationships with others and yourself? Does yoga help you live your life better and more fully or is it just an exercise class to you?   For me, after my family, yoga...

Opting Out of Suffering

I’ve just returned from our annual international yoga retreat. This year we went to Puerto Vallarta. The villa was lovely. It had an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Yoga on the beach, the sound of the waves, beautiful weather! After so many hours spent finding the villa and making all the arrangements, I was relieved that everyone was happy and no...

The Difference Between Pain and Suffering

Originally published July 24, 2016 Recovering from shoulder surgery seemed like a perfect time to explore the difference between pain and suffering. My current sankalpa (a deep intention or promise made to myself) is to not suffer. Of all the sankalpas I’ve had over the years, this is proving to be powerful. For example, on a several hours long telephone call...

Breathing Practices to Alleviate Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Research has shown that lengthening the exhale slows the heart rate and triggers a parasympathetic nervous system response known as the relaxation response or rest and digest (Jerath et al., 2006). A study by Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Feb 2005) showed that slow rhythmic yoga breathing can “alleviate anxiety,...

Food as Medicine – Diet for environmental sustainability, human and animal health

The plain fact of the matter is, the omnivore diet is not healthy for humans, animals or the environment.  It is becoming more and more evident that meat production in the US is not environmentally sustainable. Fortune Magazine, NPR, and others have reported on Bill Gates' investment in Beyond Meat, a company creating a vegan meat substitute. The market apparently is...

Snow Day Practice

Snow day practice. Lots of time for flows, pranayama, meditation. Take the time and space to become present, quiet the thought waves, reconnect with the center of your being - Anandamaya Kosa - the body of bliss. The investment of your time will pay off with more clarity, focus, and inspiration. Off to practice! Please let us know your experience. Jaya Guru Devi ...

Yoga for Snow Shoveling

A state of emergency has just been declared and we're all hunkering down waiting for a potentially "historic blizzard" to hit.  It's safe to assume there's going to be a whole lot of shoveling going on.  And where's there's shoveling there's the potential for sore shoulders and backs.  So even though the yoga center will remain closed through the storm, it doesn't...