The Mindfulness Dilemma and a Way Out

I’m puzzled with all the fanfare about “mindfulness” for both adults and kids.  Maybe it is my decades of meditative practices that has me saying “huh?”when the world is going crazy for mindfulness.  If you are being YOU, you are naturally mindful.  You don’t need to try.  If, when you are gulping down your [...]

This Election and the Brick in My Brain

I've discovered a fiercely protective warrior within me.  It wants to protect country, world, people, animals, Mother Earth.  All the sickness going on right now in our country... I can't even articulate it. My brain does not know how to convey the understandings of how WRONG this takeover feels in my knowing heart. It turns [...]

Kindness Stones for Kids Yoga

Mari Stonestreet is a Radiant Child Yoga 200 hour teacher living in Japan.  She has family yoga classes weekly and lots of fun and important ideas for her classes.  The children and their parents have fun doing yoga together.  Then...they do meditative, heart-opening art.  Here's one project, in Mari's words: "This project was part [...]

A Few Words about Breathing

We all breathe, but do we experience breathing? On each breath comes prana, the subtle life force, carried to us by the air. The prana that comes to us when we breathe is the same energy that animates all physical matter. By making the breath slow, deep, and conscious, we make the most use of [...]

Brain “Brake” for these Emotional Times

In these tumultuous times we all need a "brake" on the brain and emotions at times.  You can do this anywhere, anytime.  Just find a private space (bathrooms work!) and go to it! This Kundalini Yoga meditation was originally given for women, but men can also benefit from it. It may give essential help  at [...]

Kundalini:  The Awakening of the Self

I am posting this excerpt from my book, Keep It Simple Series (KISS) Guide to Yoga,  because a list of yoga styles on New York Times magazine did not include Kundalini Yoga, which has been around since 1969.  If you want to get happy, fit, healthy, and feel the LOVE...try Kundalini  Yoga. People who do [...]

Post-Election Thoughts from a Lifetime Meditator

This has been a helpful understanding of late: Positive energy is inclusive, coherent, integrative Negative energy is exclusive, incoherent, divisive From an innate part of myself (which has been confirmed by experience), I know that all points of view are valid, like different facets of a diamond shining from different angles.  The question is whether [...]

Life Flows If you Let It: One person’s experience after RCFY Teacher Training

 "Since returning home from Radiant Child Family Yoga Teacher Training, I have deepened my daily yoga and meditation practice.  It seems funny to even call it a daily practice; it’s more like it spreads through and penetrates my days and who I am.  Rising earlier in the morning and creating more diverse and varied practices, then [...]

Mary Oliver’s Shiva

For Joci and Karim, with love...which is the same as healing. Shiva Shiva, pretend you are with me as the doe in her summer red coat tiptoes       down                through the pines                           and [...]