“It’s the Jedi That Take the Time to do It”

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Here it is – the last day of 2017. I wasn’t feeling very inspired to blog until I saw Star Wars during this holiday week. The title of my post is a quote from series creator, George Lucas. In a then titled “Revenge of the Jedi” 1981 story conference transcript, he is in conversation with Writer Lawrence Kadan and Producer …

Showing Up For Yourself Through Ritual

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Yoga, contrary to popular belief, is not a religion. Yet when I was trained on ritual, an aspect of the integrated practices of Yoga, images of religious ceremonies came to mind. Ritual is a universal feature of human social existence that has been practiced by our ancestors for millennia; as such it resonates deep in our bones says Francis Weller, …

Alchemy of Grief

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“As we heal, it offers each of us an opportunity to consider what is most precious in our lives, release attachment and identification to what is not, re-examine our choices, and set a direction for our future that truly reflects our heart’s deepest wish.” ~ Gary Kraftsow, Founder, American Viniyoga Institute After the death of my mom in 2007 I …

Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery Support with Yoga Therapy and The Colorado Cancer Coalition

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In the midst of a cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery? Learn more about how Yoga Therapy can help by watching my video below. You might also consider attending the Colorado Cancer Coalition’s annual symposium where you’ll learn about cancer trends, screening guidelines, treatment updates, symptom management, and much more. https://www.coloradocancercoalition.org/symposium/

Becoming Your Own Teacher Part II

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The number of Yoga practitioners in America continues to grow. Now over 36 million, in just four years the number of those practicing increased by over 80%. Another 80 million were said to be likely to try Yoga in 2016 according to the study. It’s not surprising then, that the use of Yoga as a complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is …

Becoming Your Own Teacher Part I

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“Listening is the practice of Yoga; it’s so important to go into your own body and ask it to be your teacher” ~ Rodney Yee Yoga classes have many benefits ~ the energy of the group and that brought by the teacher, the community, theme and music ~ but it wasn’t until I started practicing at home that I began …

Win the Morning, Win the Day, Win Your Life

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I am a big believer in a morning routine. And it can start with making your bed. Naval Admiral William McRaven spoke of this practice in a 2015 commencement speech and Charles Duhigg, author of the Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, calls it a keystone habit. These are habits (exercising each day …

The Opening: A Personal Reflection

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If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know I stick to less personal topics. Not this month. One of the reasons I chose to pursue Yoga Therapy is because it puts me on the hook. And in fact I am constantly reminded in training that if I don’t practice what I teach my clients, it can undermine my ability to …

Depression as a Gateway

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I decided to delve further into the subject of depression after reading that it is the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15-44.3 and affects 15 million Americans (6.7% of the population) 18 and older in a given year (1). It’s no surprise that I come across it regularly in my practice. Let me preface by saying that I …