Yoga nidra: deep (conscious) sleep, relax and rejuvinate

I’ve been doing yoga nidra meditations for a couple of years as part of my collection of healing practices. Lately I’ve been doing a lot more of it and it’s so deeply relaxing and healing I thought it was time I shared it. I have to say that even though I’ve been doing it for two years it’s only recently from a greater state of well-being that I’ve come to deeply appreciate the profundity of this practice.

“Yoga Nidra is an an ancient form of guided meditation that has been proven effective to reduce stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness and many other psychological disorders.” … [click on title to read and view more]

Yogic breathing in daily life

By Sangeetha Saran Deep, thoughtful breathing is a crucial part of yoga. Proper yogic breathing is known as pranayama, which is the science and art of yogic breathing techniques. Because breathing in this way is emphasized in yoga classes, students often assume they can resume normal breathing after leaving. However, by incorporating yogic breathing into your […]

Free Teleclass, Making the Case: Yoga for Trauma Recovery

Five percent of Americans, or more than 13 million people, have PTSD. Complex or Developmental trauma (trauma that occurs during childhood) has been linked to a long list of chronic conditions including heart disease, COPD, chronic pain, addiction, depression and anxiety – and it makes people more susceptible to developing PTSD after a traumatic experience.

In this free, 45 minute teleclass, Subtle Yoga founder and director of the Subtle Yoga Training for Behavioral Health Professionals, Kristine Kaoverii Weber, will provide a compelling case for using yoga therapy as a powerful adjunct in the treatment of trauma. Kristine will help you understand how to discuss the powerful benefits of yoga for trauma with community health care providers and help you understand how to break through the barriers which keep yoga isolated in the fitness industry. Yoga is not just fitness, yoga is therapy – and yoga professionals need to learn how to talk about yoga as part of an integrative strategy – not just how to get referrals for privates or classes. … [click on title to read and view more]

The memory of trauma is imprinted on the human organism

The memory of the trauma is imprinted on the human organism. I don’t think you can overcome it unless you learn to have a friendly relationship with your body. The big question: How can you help people confront their internal sensations? … [click on title to read and view more]

About Yoga and the Vagus Nerve

Sometimes we refer to our instinctive wisdom as “gut feelings.” Maybe we don’t know why we feel the way we do or how we know the answer to a question. We just do. Some of us chalk it up to instinct or a sixth sense while others discount the phenomenon altogether. Could there be a scientific explanation? The answer may be the vagus nerve, a physical link to the mind-body connection. … [click on title to read and view more]

Asheville Community Yoga: my partners in healing

I’m sharing info about this yoga studio for multiple reasons really. I’m happy and honored to raise their profile on the internet so as to help support them. They are truly in service to the community and so I too want to give back. Also, it would be lovely to see such studios opening up all over the country and the world. I hope that this post might plant seeds so that this sort of vision can be replicated elsewhere. So many yoga studios don’t seem to have the true spirit of yoga. Yoga has become a part of popular and hip culture, so that in some circles the yoga as lifestyle and philosophy gets lost. We need more yoga studios that are, as this one is, deeply in service to the community.

Number two is that the folks in the video talking about how yoga and the community there at Asheville Community Yoga are real people talking about their real experiences. I, too, have found that being part of that particular community and practicing yoga regularly, both, has radically helped support my healing process.

Three, I want to again, talk about how yoga has helped me in my life, in general. It literally raised me from my bed, where I had been bedridden for 2 years. My muscles were completely atrophied. I started with leg and arm lifts and turning my feet and hands in circles. Serious baby steps. And now I can do all sorts of stuff. … [click on title to read and view more]