Gentle Seated Hip Flexor Release to Relieve Pain and Discomfort
If you have ever experienced a sense of aching hip joints or pain in your buttocks you may have an imbalance in your hip flexors. This often happens from sitting too long or from a lack of strength on one side of your body. Our hip flexors are very easily affected by stressful situations and the body is designed to flex us forward into a fetal position as a protective response. We often don't even realize our body is doing this flexion pattern as it is hardwired into our mind-body connection by the nervous system. THIS VIDEO IS A SEATED PRACTICE TO FIND MORE SENSE OF SPACIOUSNESS AND EASE IN THE HIP FLEXORS. read more
Solar Flares, Planetary Evolution and YOU!
Solar flares have an affect on our magnetic field and emotions. This simple yoga practice combines rhythmic movement and the natural electrical currents of our hands to transform energy that get stuck at the solar plexus and manifests in unresolved “emotional commotion”.read more
Self-Love: 3 Minute Heart Chakra Breath Meditation to Relieve Stress
Self Love begins with taking time to nurture oneself and connect with our heart, breath and entire body. This 2-part video gives instructions for a simple and relaxing breath centered mediation that activates the magnetic field around the heart while using all 5 fingers to balance the 2 hemispheres of the brain and providing a breath pattern and eye focus that focus the mind to calm the nervous system. Part 1 is a short, step-by-step description of how to do the meditation. Part 2 begins at the 5 minute marker and provides voice instruction and soothing music with a background video of water lapping on a sandy shore taken while I was visiting Belize. The meditation in part 2 is practiced for 3 minutes, but can be practiced for up to 11 minutes if you choose. I highly recommend watching the description of how to do the meditation in part 1 before doing the practice in part 2 for the first time. Part 1 (instructions) is 5 minutes long and Part 2 (meditation practice) is 7 minutes long. My intention in sharing this video is for each and every person who views it to experience a sense of his/her connection to unconditional love and light that interconnects All of Creation. May this practice assist in letting go of self-judgment and open you to remembering your own divinity as a spark of the light of Source. I also acknowledge, with gratitude, that this meditation is from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.read more
Activate Gluts to Relieve Lower Back Pain
A gentle and effective sequence of movements to do whenever you are noticing stiffness or discomfort in your lower back and hips.read more
Transition, Integration and The Importance of Mindful Movement
4 Keys to Moving With More Ease Each Dayread more
SEATED MOVEMENT TIP TO RELIEVE TENSION & STIFFNESS IN SHOULDERS AND HIPS
If you sit for hours on end this short and simple movement and breath series will energize and revitalize you.The movement sequence will release tension and stiffness in your shoulders and hips by bringing energy into the entire torso using gentle contralateral (moving opposite arm and leg simultaneously) movement. Not only does it release tension but it also bridges the right and left hemispheres of your brain to increase mental clarity and focus. Your ribs gently open allowing deeper breathing which makes it easier to sit tall with a sense of energy. Plus- it you feel fantastic when you've finished! Give it a try and let me know what you thinkread more
STRETCH, WIGGLE & BREATHE for Health and Well-Being
In my 7 Daily Movement Tips for a Healthy Happy Body I share easy ways to incorporate actions you can take throughout each day to feel more energized, calm and comfortable in your body without using any fancy equipment or spending lots of time. This tip is all about getting your energy flowing from your core to your limbs and opening up to deeper, fuller breathing. Just imagine a cat or dog - they always take a long stretch when they stand up. And doggies often wgiggle from head to tail when they are happy... they just cannot stop the happiness from flowing into their whole body! Just lilke cats and dogs, when we stretch our limbs and our spine we are gently vitalizing our muscles and fascia. And isn't it such a satifying sensation when we allow ourselves to stretch? When we wiggle and gently shake our body we lubricate our joints through the movement of the synovial fluid. The older we get, the more important it is to keep our joints supple and fluid. And when we stretch and wiggle our body becomes able to expand and breathe more fully to oxygenate our blood and move chi (vital life force energy) throughout every cell in our body. The more our chi is flowing the greater our capacity for physical health, mental focus and overall agility. I INVITE YOU TO TAKE 3 MINUTES WITH ME TO WATCH THIS VIDEO AND TRY THIS OUT paying attention to how you feel when you finish compared to when you started. Are you more calm? More energized? Better able to focus? What if you took a few minutes at least once during each day to give this gift of health and well-being to yoursef? Better yet - what if you invited someone to take a break with you and join in doing this each day? My invitation to you is to take this loving action for self-care right now and every single day!read more
CREATE INNER CALM THROUGH ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING
In my Tools to Cultivate Calmness workshop we talk about the importance of conscious, full breathing as well as keeping our nervous system in a state that supports relaxation. Alternate Nostril Breathing has been used by yogis for millennia to create a sense of harmony and balance in the body/mind. In this video we practice consciously filling and emptying our lungs before beginning the breath technique in order to create a sense of movement and connectedness in our ribcage and belly. Then we practice all 3 approaches to alternate nostril breathing in order to build a greater capacity for right/left brain interace and balance. By warming up our lungs and ribcage first before beginning alternate nostril breathing techniques we are able to drop into our body more quickly and stay focused on the breath in a grounded way.read more
Chi Flow Seated Stretch to Energize Core and Limbs
This is a seated stretch to lengthen your body and connect the energy from your fingers and toes through your arms and legs to your navel center.read more
Chi Flow Standing Movement in the 3 Planes
Our body is designed to move in 3 Planes that connect right to left, front to back and top to bottom. This is a weight bearing breath and movement sequence to activate and harmonize the relationship between our shoulders and hips.read more
Kundalini Meditation for Stress Relief and to Resolve Past Relationship Issues
This breath meditation is very calming to our nervous system and balances our heart chakra as well as both hemispheres of our brain. By slowing down our breathing to 4 breaths per minute and focusing our eyes and hands to "jumper cable" the flow of energy through our fingers from our heart we become calm and resilient in our emotional center which allows space to process stuck relationship issues.read more
Star Moon Breath to Vitalize Your Navel Center
Our body is like a 6-pointed star with 6 limbs (2 arms, 2 legs, our head and tailbone) that all radiate from our navel center. This short, fun movement and breath series awakens our sun energy and encourages energy to flow to our fingertips and toes.read more
How Long Does it Take to Change a Habit?
So – how long, exactly, do I need to practice a new habit before it "takes hold"?read more
Exercise as Therapy Session
Cold weather and lack of daylight can lead to a mild case of the winter blues or more serious seasonal depression. And while it’s common knowledge that exercise boosts mood, movement routines specifically designed to release negative energy and emotions may do even more to foster emotional well-being.read more
Magical Movement Without Moving: The Power of the Mind
I am a “wiggler”. It is not in my nature to be still. Like most kids, I took the ability to move around for granted when I was young. My body was a “thing” to be used to achieve the goals I had set and I was pretty hard on myself when it didn’t live up to my expectations.read more
why PRACTICE MINDFUL MOVEMENT?
Why is mindful movement such a Key Element to living a creative, healthy and authentically empowered life? Because ALL CHANGE comes from the movement of our mind directing the movement of our body.