I actively sought out conversations with women about their dreams of personal evolution this summer. These discussions were rich and meaningful, just the way I love them. I met with over a dozen women and learned that above all that we are all the same. That we are talented, skilled, educated women waiting on the [...]
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This summer I have been Re-Visioning. I think it was kick started by my oldest graduating, and feeling for the first time, the suggestion that these kids really are only gifts for a short time before they are ready to leave. I have two other still deeply entrenched in our home, but the suggestion was [...]
So, how often, if ever, have you considered what exactly your breath is doing for you with each inhale to each exhale. My bet is it hardly ever crosses your mind. So that being said, lets explore. You know my fondness for metaphors, well get ready for Jill Novak’s simple explanation of breath. Give yourself [...]
A good spring cleaning just feels right this time of year; let the windows open and fresh air blow through, chuck stuff out where it has stacked up in all corners, maybe even try a detox or short cleanse for the body. But what else could this spring cleaning do? I am just in the middle of a [...]
Another one inspired by the fantastic Donna Fahri’s “The Breathing Book.” Let's explore what the breath does with your organs. Bringing attention back to your organs is a beautiful way to redirect your nervous system back to its resting and relaxed/parasympathetic system. When we start to feel and sense our organs our breath automatically slows [...]
We all have experienced trauma in some way or another in life. Some of it sits unprocessed, caught, and causing further suffering in our cells. Sometimes you remember exactly when it happened, you felt yourself freeze, hold your breath, perhaps go into autopilot, or stop feeling pain. Your miraculous body helping you navigate through horrible experiences by [...]
Sometimes it helps to centre ourselves before we start movement. It helps to “drop in” and get connected before we move. For this inquiry, sit tall on a bolster or some support underneath you. Move through the process of dropping in, then allow your movement/asana practice to begin naturally from this place. Notice if this [...]
This one is self-admittedly difficult. It is strange to try to connect the diaphragm to the movement of the pelvic floor, and yet when this function can be in its optimal state in our bodies we have a huge advantage in function, stamina, and efficiency. When this connection works as intended we move in ease, [...]
Sometimes how we position our physical body is key to how we can find our natural breath. Often lying flat on your back is a bit restrictive and you need to support yourself along a bolster, a recliner, or even upright with your back against support. A position that allows your spine to be in [...]
Want to dive into how you and your breath are actually connected? Increase your awareness of when and how your personal patterns are restricting your body’s ability to have full and strong breaths? When we realize that our breath is not optimal, and we start to understand when it happens, then we can begin to [...]