Category: Mind Body Soul

so what’s it all about if it’s not about having it all figured out? ah, I see

Here’s the thing. It’s not about having it all figured out. It’s not about perfection. It’s not about getting it right. It’s not about being happy all the time. It’s not about feeling strong all the time. It’s not about smiling, and shining and being joyful all the time. It’s not about good hair, good…

Jul 11, 2011 · Read More · Comment (1)

lonely pain is supposed to be a good thing, I think. 10 things I’m doing with it

So…I’m human. Things aren’t always butterflies and sunshine. Sometimes things feel hard, and painful, and like a cut from a glass that broke as you were taking a long refreshing drink. In this moment, I know a few things:1. That, like Elephant Journal ed Waylon Lewis writes “In the Buddhist view the feeling of loneliness…

Jun 30, 2011 · Read More · Comment (7)

what and why do you eat? yoga philosophy’s yamas + 5 tips from Melina Meza

GUEST POST BY MELINA MEZA, BSC NUTRITION, RYT-500 There are numerous opportunities for the Yamas to support your current wellness and nutritional aspirations. The Yamas create a wheel of ethics that includes kindness, honesty, refrain from stealing, moderation, and non-hoarding. Following these five principles will help ensure that your life is filled with healthy relationships,…

Jun 15, 2011 · Read More · Comment

compassion, buddhism, yoga + depression. at least 10 insights from Michael Stone

  GUEST POST BY MICHAEL STONE  Part 2. Suicide is an attempt to resolve feelings of being overwhelmed by one’s own image of oneself, or part of oneself. Suicide is an attack on one’s own representation of one’s body as an object. It’s as if the death of the body can help one get rid…

Jun 9, 2011 · Read More · Comment

is suicide sinful? what yoga + buddhism have to say. guest post by Buddhist, yogi, + psychotherapist Michael Stone

GUEST POST BY MICHAEL STONE Awake in the World from Centre of Gravity on Vimeo. Yoga and Buddhist Practices work in terms of complementary opposites. If you want to settle your inhalation, for example, you spend time getting your exhalation very smooth; if you want to find extension in the hamstring muscles, you refine the…

Jun 7, 2011 · Read More · Comment

5 de-stress yoga tips for moms

Full disclosure: I’m not a mom. So what makes me think I can share tips that help moms de-stress and come back to calm? Because stress is universal and the tips that help it are, too. I’ve taught stress busters to corporate execs, academics, students and working moms. I’ve dealt with the Vata dosha–my dominant…

May 18, 2011 · Read More · Comment

i believe in us. today i’m gonna try and change the world

I believe in love. I believe small acts of kindness make a big difference. …right now, someone is giving someone else their seat on the bus, and transforming their experience of that moment—or even their whole day. I believe in the human capacity to grow, to evolve, to create positive change in the world—even if…

May 13, 2011 · Read More · Comment (4)

yoga is my prozac: 2 studies on why a yoga practice is great for your health

YOGA IS MY DRUG? “Actually,” he replied, “I figured it was Prozac.” Ha! This was the joking response of a guy I do some work with when I asked him, “How do you think I stay pretty much happy almost all the time?” He was adding up the total hours in a year that he…

May 5, 2011 · Read More · Comment (6)

inspiring: do you have a message for humanity? what would you say? [vid]

Retired lithographer Gordon McCann has made it his mission to give people a voice. He began in Vancouver’s infamous Downtown Eastside, with the intention of helping the homeless people there reach out to those who don’t hear them. It went so well he decided to do as many neighbourhoods as he could. I happened to…

Apr 29, 2011 · Read More · Comment

5 tips for tapping into your yoga flow when you can’t get on your mat. hint: make it with music

1. Breathe. We forget this. Breathing long, deep, yogi breaths can happen anytime, anywhere. Inhaling allll the way up from our belly, into our chest so our ribcage expands, even up to the roof of our mouth. Then our exhale drops down, all the back down to our bellies. This kind of breathing comes naturally…

Apr 20, 2011 · Read More · Comment