How do You Integrate Yoga and Mindfulness in your Life?

How do you integrate yoga and mindfulness in your lives, and in the lives of the children you raise and teach? Here's one person's story...mine. I’ve practiced yoga since 1972, and lived in a yogic community for many decades. All of the good that I’ve experienced in my life has come because of my relationship [...]

Yoga Self Care for Parents and Caregivers of Autistic Children

As any parent or teacher will tell you, nurturing children in a mindful way, and giving them the structure they need to thrive is a big job. When it comes to children on the autism spectrum, the scope and intensity of caregiving doubles or triples since these children often require more from their parents and [...]

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 [...]