Singing Bowl Meditation

A very simple and elegant tool for meditation and creating space for yoga and awareness is the singing bowl. Children are naturally are drawn to instruments and can be guided into focused attention when sounding them provided that they are shown how to hold the bowls with reverence and care.

You can get a singing bowl at any Tibetan store or online for a wide range of prices. My one student acquired hers at a yard sale for 50 cents! It’s

By |October 13th, 2016|Articles|0 Comments

Yoga as a Tool for Easing Back-to-School Anxiety

The beginning of school season is something that brings anxiety and fears up for all of us- kids, teachers, and parents. This is natural, normal, and healthy. A lot is changing, and we all need to be alert so we can respond appropriately and make all the necessary changes that will serve us best. But there is so much that is beyond our control, and when we are under pressure, this can cause a lot of stress. Even when the

By |September 2nd, 2016|Articles|0 Comments

Bedtime Poses for Parents Who Need Help Sleeping

Happy End of the first month of 2015!
It’s almost time for Chinese New Year! Call out your dragons, let’s go dancing in the streets, and pass out fabulous fortunes to each other in red envelopes!

But for now, I’d like to present today’s topic to you- bedtime poses.

How did I come up with the topic?
Funny enough, this blog post was inspired when I received an email from a woman who works at a new mattress company called Casper. She was inviting

By |February 2nd, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Strength Training through Asana & Positive Self Talk

“I am in control!”  -paired with star pose
My focus for my classes in October has been the Yoga Calm® principle of Strength.

Very simply defined, Strength is the power to act, to endure, or to resist action. To have Strength is to have the ability to protect oneself and others from hostile transgression or illness. Nearly everyone desires Strength in one form or another, but how does one possess it? Inside of every person is a well-spring of infinite Strength,

By |October 19th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh

Hello beloved yogis and parents of young yogis!

The fall equinox is almost upon us, and last time I wrote to you the Summer Solstice had just passed. As the days accelerate, it is more important than ever to make the time to breathe mindfully a daily practice. I went on summer hiatus from this blog in order to recharge, and now that school has resumed, I am inspired to return to bi-weekly posting. I plan to expand the topics this

By |September 19th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments

Changing Woman

Happy Week-After-Solstice!

Solstice weekend was a brilliant blast of nurturing sunlight that I felt perfect for reflection on the part of the cycle that has to do with growth. Earlier in the year, we planted a lot of seeds. Back on Mother’s Day, I planted the young corn plants featured in this blog. This is a very good time to look around and observe what is growing in your garden and life. Do you like what is growing? Is something missing

By |June 26th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments

We Are Here

It’s one of those refreshingly overcast days that I love to experience once the sunshine becomes prevalent in Portland. The contrast feels so soothing.

I thought today that I would share the song that I share the most often in my classes. My intention is for as many of my students to have it memorized as possible before they move on with the rest of their lives. I feel this song pretty much sums up the grand philosophical spiritual question of,

By |June 12th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments

Frog Old Woman

(photo credits: Talia Keen)

Drinking my coffee, gazing out the window at the rose bushes, and the clouds in the Portland summer sky are conducting a conference about whether to allow a full sunshine blast in the next 15 minutes or 2 hours from now. It rained quite a bit this morning, and that feels just right.

This week’s story is from the Maidu people of Northern California, and it is called “Moon and Frog Old Woman.” It is part of

By |May 28th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments

A Lover of the Stories

This morning, I sat in the sun and read stories from around the world while I drank my coffee. I started reflecting on how uplifted I feel when I finish reading a story that illustrates a moral. These stories are the seeds of lessons that span centuries and even millennia. It is through listening that these seeds get planted in your heart.

Sometimes the seeds fall on rocky ground. The heart or the mind is not open. The attention for listening

By |May 13th, 2014|Articles|1 Comment

Turtle’s Race with Wolf

Today, rather than going too deeply into the plot of this week’s story, I wish to reflect on the essence of it. The name of this tale is “Turtle’s Race with Wolf,” and it can be found in the same compilation that I have been using and will probably continue to use throughout the year, The Girl Who Helped Thunder, retold by Joseph Bruhac, Sr. and Joseph Bruhac, Ph.D.

Because of the title, the children pick up on the plot

By |April 30th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments