Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ

"We are all related". These are words from the Lakota language that embrace their philosophy of interconnectedness. I learned them from my Seminole spiritual teacher as well as my Lakota spiritual teachers. This concept is especially pertinent in today's world, although it is not an easy concept to embrace if you are not familiar with it. Most native cultures have a similar philosophy - the understanding that we, the human race, are intricately and intimately connected to the entire web of life, and that, what we do to the web, we do to ourselves. This is true, whether you believe it or not. Science is true, whether you believe it or not. One can experience it by going out in nature and livi

I forgot my cellphone!

In my personal yoga practice, I almost never play music, but when I first started teaching yoga, I realized my students might expect me to play music in the background. So, I downloaded a bunch of "yoga music" I thought was appropriate (and not distracting). Music that didn't make me want to "get up and dance" (as a dancer, I hear music and I want to dance, or even sing along!). I found some meditative music that I liked, and used in most of my classes. Then, when I moved back to the Baltimore area, I realized the teachers here were using more modern music - depending on the teacher - pop music, etc. It was weird for me to adjust and I thought, "Do my students even like my music?" One of

The Art of Listening

“Those who know, they know even without my saying and those who do not know, will not know even if I say something." - Buddha Women in our society, and in many societies have historically not been allowed to have a voice, and are ridiculed, denigrated and belittled when we do speak out. Being raised a strong, smart woman - I have seldom been afraid to speak out and speak my mind when I feel I have something to say...I am NOT one to hold my tongue. That being said, it has sometimes gotten me into trouble when I have spoken too soon and not considered all possible outcomes of my words or how meaning may be misconstrued. So, a little over 2 years ago, I began a practice I call "The Art of Lis

Digestive Distress

*Disclaimer: This post is not meant to be medical advice! Please consult a doctor if you are suffering from digestive distress of any kind! Stress affects all of us in different ways. Tension in the neck and shoulders, migraines, insomnia, depression or anxiety and digestive disorders are all pretty common physical, emotional and psychological responses to stress in our lives. Today's blog post targets digestive distress. For me, my digestion is the first thing to go haywire when I am stressed emotionally. Whether it's an upset stomach, constipation or diarrhea - my body becomes unable to process the food I take in. Scientific research tells us how important our gut is to our immune heal

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