Recent Blog Posts
You don’t have to destroy your body for yoga. Your own yoga practice – done in a way that it supports you – is not only good enough, it is beautiful.read more
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.read more
If your primary relaxation strategy is Netflix and/or alcohol, you may need an upgrade. Here are four reasons why kicking back with a bottle to binge watch Parks and Recreation is not cutting it.read more
Please join us for this free workshop tomorrow night at 7 pm in Asheville. It’s called “Exploring the Tools of great Yoga Classes” – with me and one of Asheville’s most seasoned trainers – Eric Seiler.read more
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.read more
This hippie, this scientist and this guru walk into a bar, and other stories from yoga teacher training
Apparently this came out of my mouth recently: “What we need is a scientist-hippie-guru (yoga teacher training) all together. I was being interviewed for this podcast – and I kinda think I should attempt an explanation.read more
This is an excerpt from a recent yoga workshop I gave called “The Neurobiology of the 8 Limbs of Yoga.” I’m talking about why you can’t expect everyone to be able to tolerate doing yoga slowly and why versatility as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist are important.read more
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?read more
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.”read more
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.)
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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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.