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Surfing the Cycles of Awe

Surfing the Cycles of Awe

Because from now on, everything gets brighter.

Years ago, I realized that Winter Solstice was my day – it puts me face to face with the fact that everything – personal struggles, relationships, career, family, the economy, the weather, etc. goes through its ups and downs. Things rise, they blossom, they decay, they dissolve, and then they rise again in some new form.

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Warning: Instagram May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Warning: Instagram May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Warning: Instagram May Be Hazardous To Your Health. Use at your own risk. Side effects may include: knee injuries, spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, labrum and rotator cuff tears, broken toes, wrist strains, wardrobe malfunctions, and bruised egos. Please be aware that surgery and/or therapy may be required in 10 years or so.

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The Research – How Spirituality Benefits Health

The Research – How Spirituality Benefits Health

About 10 years ago I started digging into the literature around yoga and mental health. What I noticed was that most of the research looked at asanas or pranayama, but there was little research that talked about the spiritual aspects of yoga. Practicing yoga made me feel more connected to my spirituality, and my students were saying the same thing, so why wasn’t someone researching that?

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Neurobiology of the 8 Limbs of Yoga – Hardwired for Hypervigilance

Back in 2009, at one of my workshops for mental health professionals, a woman approached me afterwards with a comment, “The presentation was nice, but I really didn’t get what I wanted out of this workshop,” she said, peering over the top of her readers with a frown. “I wanted to hear about how depression affects the brain and what yoga can do to help rebuild those chemicals and brain regions.”

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What’s the Yoga Meme?

I think it’s useful to be clear about the kind of memes we use when talking about yoga.
A “meme” is kind of like a gene – but it relates to the whole culture, not just individuals. It’s something that spreads virally – and like genes, it can self-replicate and mutate. Interestingly (but not surprisingly) that word has been co-opted to mean funny photos shared on Facebook. (Here’s what Richard Dawkins, the guy who coined the term “meme,” had to say about that.)

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Upcoming Events

RYT 200 – Begins Jan 19, 2018

RYT 200 – Begins Jan 19, 2018

Whether you are an experienced or aspiring yoga teacher, a health professional, therapist or educator looking to integrate yoga into your work, or simply someone who is looking for a framework for personal growth, the Subtle® Yoga approach to training will provide you with a unique structure in which to experience and learn to teach, great yoga.
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Subtle Yoga for Trauma Recovery: A One Day Introduction | Feb 8 2018

Subtle Yoga for Trauma Recovery: A One Day Introduction | Feb 8 2018

Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind. In this workshop participants will learn basic yoga practices to improve the symptoms of trauma, including brief interventions for self-soothing and grounding, and longer terms strategies for befriending the body, regulating the nervous system, and moving toward self-regulation and empowerment.
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Subtle® Yoga for Chronic Pain | March 8, 2018

Subtle® Yoga for Chronic Pain | March 8, 2018

Because of the risk of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion in the treatment of chronic pain, a broad and integrated approach is essential. Chronic pain is best understood as a psychophysiological behavior pattern that eschews separation into distinct, independent psychosocial and physical components. An approach to chronic pain that incorporates evidence based somatic/cognitive interventions, such as yoga, can help clients reduce stress, control pain, and use less medication.
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Applying Subtle® Yoga in Clinical Practice | Sept 7 -8, 2018

Applying Subtle® Yoga in Clinical Practice | Sept 7 -8, 2018

Research and skills to support the application of yoga across the spectrum of behavioral health care (treatment, aftercare, prevention and health promotion) will be presented. Participants will learn how to implement accessible Subtle® Yoga techniques including postures, breathing, and meditation. Case studies on incorporating yoga into behavioral health will provide details on the practicalities of integration.
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