Symphony of Breath

“Our breath is constantly rising and falling, ebbing and flowing, entering and leaving our bodies. Full body breathing is an extraordinary symphony of both powerful and subtle movements that massage our internal organs, oscillate our joints, and alternately tone and release all the muscles in the body.  It is a full participation in life.” Donna Farhi

  1. The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama by Richard Rosen
  2. Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing by B. K. S. Iyengar and Yehudi Menuhin
  3. Anatomy of Breathing by Blandine Calais-Germain
  4. The Little Book of Yoga Breathing: Pranayama Made Easy. . . by Scott Shaw
  5. Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully by Dennis Lewis
  6. Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing by Andrew Weil
  7. The Breathing Book: Vitality & Good Health Through Essential Breath Work by Donna Farhi
Published in: on October 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Study as if you were to live forever…

… Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. Mahatma Ghandi

A link to a complete list of Mahatma Gandhi books.

Published in: on October 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Role of Striving in Yoga

The role of striving in yoga is a topic I believe is often overlooked.  Particularly, in our western culture where striving is ingrained in us as young children, yoga practitioners will look at asana with an end goal in mind.  I regularly hear people say, “maybe someday I will be able to do Triangle right” or “I wish I was as good at yoga as her”.  It is hard as a teacher to know how to explain that there is no such thing as a finish line in yoga and that a yoga practitioner’s level of expertise can not be measured by the shape of their asana posture.  Ganga White has an eloquent paragraph on just this topic in his book Yoga Beyond Belief.

“Postures and practice should be adjusted to the needs and levels of each practitioner, not the other way around. Yet more often than not, students approach limitations in reverse and force themselves into postures. It is said that there are 840,000 asanas. In one way this mythic figure is a metaphor for a flexible approach to finding the appropriate poses for particular purposes, as it suggests there is a variation or adjustment of every pose for any body. Goals have their place. They give us energy and move us forward. They give purpose and direction and motivate us to achieve.  However, focusing excessively on goals can cause aggressive practice that takes us out of the moment and out of attunement to the journey.  Softening our goal orientation can help overcome aggressiveness and effort in yoga practice so we are more able to enjoy the journey.  Goals are the finish line of a race, while yoga is an ongoing process throughout life.  We need goals, and we need to keep them in their place.”

Yoga Beyond Belief (Ganga White) p#45

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm  Comments (1)  
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To Om or Not to Om may be the Question

Many of us who teach yoga will find ourselves at some point teaching in a school, church, hospital or other publicly owned location.  It is particularly important to think about what influence your words and actions may have, not only on your students, but also on the organization for which you are teaching.  People enter certain buildings and spaces with very specific expectations.  We as teachers want to make sure we are not inadvertently taking advantage of reduced boundaries and open vulnerabilities. As always, know why you teach the way you do.  What is your intention and purpose?  The following article touches on some of these questions:

Food and Depression

My friend and fellow yogi, Lori Tindall, is a wealth of knowledge.  With her Masters in Holistic Nutrition, I know she has the information I need to help me figure out what to eat.  OK, some of you may think duh, what do you mean “figure out what to eat”, but I must admit that I find this one of the biggest challenges in my life.

Having a mental illness means having to pay special attention to all aspects of self-care.  Of particular importance is nutrition, for what is more personal than what me take into our bodies.  I thought some of you may also find Lori a useful resource. Below you will find an excerpt from her monthly newsletter (including a tasty recipe) and her contact information.

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”~Edward Stanley

Please feel free to email Lori with any of your questions at:

Holistic Nutrition
Did you know…….
Several nutritional related causes of depression:

  • suboptimal nutrition
  • disturbed blood sugar balance
  • lack of omega 3 fats
  • low serotonin
  • over production of histamine
  • adrenal exhaustion
  • food allergies/sensitivities
  • hypothyroidism
  • hormone imbalances

95% of serotonin is manufactured in the gut. Heal the digestive tract & improve liver function! The liver is the most overworked organ some of what is does: breaks down many hormones (including testosterone, estrogen etc.), regulates blood sugar levels, processes all food, nutrients, alcohol, caffeine, drugs/medications, etc. A liver can lose as much as 70% of its capability and not show diagnosable liver disease. If the liver functions are not working ideally, or it’s toxic load is too high, free radicals can build up in the body and cause additional oxidative stress–thereby increasing the nutritional requirements substantially. To learn more & schedule a consultation, email me at:

Lori’s Curried Cauliflower Recipe

This was a hit at a “foody’s” house party….

Steam or roast 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of cauliflower heads, tender but still a little firm, set aside. Mash & chop fresh garlic (1-2 tablespoons) and set aside to “rest”.
Saute 2-4 tablespoons of canola oil or olive oil, 1 red onion, dash of sea salt to help to sweat the onion, then add 1 1/2 (+) tablespoons curry, red pepper flakes to taste, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon coriander. Then add garlic, 1/4-1/3 c. of apricot or peach preserves, juice of 1 lime, fresh herbs (1-2++ tablespoons) chives or cilantro, add cauliflower and toss. Garnish with cashews or sunflower seeds, and gomashio. YUM!
Please feel free to email with any of your questions etc. at:

Published in: on October 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hanging like a bat!

Bats aren’t the only things hanging upside down this month! For October we have lowered the price of our Aerial Yoga classes! Now through the end of the month a drop-in class will be $12, a five class pack is $55 and a ten pack is $100! That’s a savings of up to $30! Put that in your candy bag!

Published in: on October 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NAMI Walk brings out hundreds for mental illness awareness

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Article by Justin Corr can be found on it’s original website at the above link.

Below I have included just a few excerpts from the article.

BOISE — Eight hundred people gathered in downtown Boise Saturday morning to bring more awareness to a problem that affects Idahoans, their families, and their communities. It’s a problem they said is often misunderstood.
Angela Bryson has had her own battles with bipolar disorder, but was helped through by NAMI. “Externally, they might be putting on a good show, but if you’re sensing something is not quite right, and you can be of some help, definitely, stepping forward can change somebody’s life,” Bryson said.
“Whatever someone needs to feel better, that’s what they should do,” says Campbell. “Talk about it, get the help they need, and their recovery is very, very possible and very hopeful.”
As the biggest ever NAMI Walk came to a close, organizers hoped that awareness of mental illness, and the importance of treating it, will only grow.   If you’re looking for more information on NAMI, click here.