What’s the minimum effective dose for meditation?

Many people who start to meditate (or are considering it) often wonder how long they’ll have to sit. Doing nothing, to some, seems like either a waste of time or an impossible feat. So, what’s the minimum amount of time you need to see results?  How meditation changes the brain …

Why everyone should practice alternate nostril breathing

The answer is: because even Hillary Clinton practices it. I’m joking. That’s not the reason, even though it’s true. Alternate nostril breathing, or what the yogis call nadi shodhana, is a conscious breathing technique that provides relief from stress and anxiety. It helps you stay grounded when, say, you feel like …

Five mind-body practices to help you get back in the flow

In Western society, we have been conditioned to relate to the mind as separate from the body. There’s a reason for this. But today, a growing body of research shows how our emotions, behaviors, and thoughts influence our health outcomes. It’s time for a mind-body reconnect. Maybe you have a …

Are your issues really in your tissues?

If you’ve taken a yoga class, you’ve likely heard some form of yoga-speak. Some teachers give instructions that don’t make any anatomical sense. “Breathe into your toes.” “Squeeze the toxins out of your organs.” Then there are the more high-minded, inspirational phrases. “Connect to your unbound potential.” “We are all …

The mind-body disconnect: When it happened and why it’s the root cause of suffering

How do you define health? Most people would likely say in some form or another, it’s the absence of disease. That makes sense. That’s how our healthcare system defines it. The thing is health is much broader than this. It encompasses physical and emotional states that are influenced by biology …

The fountain of youth: how to develop a more flexible mind

What happens to you when plans change at the last minute? Or, how about when someone or something violates one of your long held beliefs? What about when you encounter something new or unpredictable? You might notice your body start to tense up. Maybe you come out swinging, or you …

Seven questions to ask yourself for a healthier mind-body and society in 2018

The parts of New Year’s Eve that I enjoy are the openness to change in the air and the opportunity to ask self-reflective questions. What were the highlights of your last year? What about the lowlights? What did you learn? Sometimes these questions are met with a groan. But from …

The truth about shoulder stand: why it’s NOT the Queen of Asana

“Never do headstand, shoulder stand or plow” so was quoted Glenn Black, a well-known teacher and body worker in the yoga community in a Huffington Post article. If you’re a yoga practitioner or a yoga teacher, maybe this statement causes you to panic. Maybe it makes you want to throw …