Getting Curious About Our Inner Critic

We all have an inner voice that constantly chatters in our minds, evaluating our actions, appearances, decisions -- sometimes making us feel unlovable or not good enough. My young Inner Critic was linked to feelings of shame, and as a teen this part named me Shamey-Amy! For most of us, the IC manifests as a harsh and judgmental force, undermining our self-esteem and hindering personal growth. Mark Twain said, “If we talked to our children the way we talk to ourselves, we’d be arrested for child abuse.” As that shamed-based being, I did what I knew to do -- I smiled nervously, and tried to keep my cool and radiate confidence, and I know you know: inwardly there she [...]

Getting Curious About Our Inner Critic2023-08-21T12:51:00-07:00

Yogic Applications for Psycho-Emotional Healing

Online Registration Yogic Applications for Psycho-Emotional Healing Nov 1-3, 2023 IN PERSON, LIVE ONLINE with recordings Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA.  Learn how pranayama, asana, mantra, mudra, bhavana, and simple meditations will help those who are experiencing situational and chronic psycho-emotional challenges and imbalances. Yoga for mood works. We live in challenging times and incidence of anxiety and depression, stress and anger are on the rise. We know a steady yoga practice can help us navigate these difficulties and gain emotional resilience. This workshop goes a step further to illuminate specific therapeutic techniques that can shift one's mood in the moment. Amy’s compassionate model of therapeutic tools will impact your growth as a teacher and expand [...]

Yogic Applications for Psycho-Emotional Healing2023-08-09T07:12:04-07:00

Bahamas Beach Retreat: Building Resilience

Online Registration Bahamas Beach Retreat February 22 — 24, 2024 Building Resilience: Yoga for Your Mood Life is short- Start the New Year with a yoga vacation! Come relax. Be inspired. Activate your heart. Deepen your awareness, and be present to the beauty of nature that surrounds you. It's especially uplifting to gather in community. This retreat offers the sweetness of in-person connection in an amazing location to ground and let go. I know you won’t regret a spacious break to restore your connection to Self at the beautiful Sivananda Yoga Ashram in The Bahamas. The beach there opens my heart. Yoga and meditation outside, clean vegetarian meals, the sunsets, the air.... Community kirtan, chanting, and mantras [...]

Bahamas Beach Retreat: Building Resilience2024-02-12T12:10:16-07:00

Bahamas Beach Retreat

Bahamas Beach Retreat February 19 — 21, 2023 Yoga for Your Mood: Practices to Shift Depression and Anxiety Life is short- Let's start the New Year with a yoga vacation! Come relax. Be inspired. Activate your heart. Deepen your awareness, and be present to the beauty of nature that surrounds you. It's especially uplifting to gather in community after so many years of isolation. This retreat offers the sweetness of in-person connection in an amazing location to ground and let go. I know you won’t regret a spacious break to restore your connection to Self at the beautiful Sivananda Yoga Ashram in The Bahamas. The beach there opens my heart. Yoga and meditation outside, clean vegetarian meals, the sunsets, the air.... [...]

Bahamas Beach Retreat2023-01-06T09:37:16-07:00

Questing Truth: A Soul-Centered Interview Series

Questing Truth podcast LIVE 12/22/22 12noon PT/3pm ET Watch LIVE on >> boldbravetv.com I'm delighted to be a guest with Clinical Psychologist Michiyo Ambrosius, on the Questing Truth podcast tomorrow! ✨ We'll explore yoga as a therapeutic tool for getting in touch with the inner self, then enjoy a few healing practices that incorporate breath, visualization and sound. We'll also touch on ✨Shifting Limiting Beliefs ✨Elevating Enjoyment ✨Making Contributions to Community and Humanity. Join us! Watch LIVE on >> boldbravetv.com or later here on YouTube!

Questing Truth: A Soul-Centered Interview Series2022-12-21T14:57:52-07:00

Stepping Back for Ease. A Gift.

Stepping Back for Ease. A Gift. The holidays can be amazing and complicated; jubilant and crazy-making; overstimulating and lonely all at once. Even when we're joyful, there’s the added stress of finding and paying for gifts, and often many preparations. For some of us it might mean attending holiday events with difficult family members. For others of us, whose family circumstances have changed, it might mean spending more time than we wish alone. This year, I can check the box on all three of these categories! A nearly 50-year spiritual practice of yoga and meditation has not immunized me from stress, grief, disappointment or betrayal. But I have learned a few strategies over the years. I know that if I can [...]

Stepping Back for Ease. A Gift.2022-12-12T11:49:14-07:00

Loss in a time of Thanksgiving

Loss in a time of Thanksgiving. 💔 When life upends our plans, and the love and companionship we’ve cherished explodes into a toxic cloud, or we face some other inconsolable loss, there are two options: We can numb out and put one foot in front of the other. Or we can stay present and put one foot in front of the other. Either way, we keep going. Choice number one constricts the heart, literally putting us at risk for heart attack and immune system dysregulation. The second choice risks us burdening our friends with TMI, blubbering at inconvenient moments, and spending too much time in bed. Having spent way too many years unconsciously tamping down my feelings (a childhood habit [...]

Loss in a time of Thanksgiving2022-11-22T07:31:14-07:00

Perfection, Acceptance, and Dogs :)

Perfection, Acceptance, and Dogs :) We would love to be as accepting of life as it is, as our dogs, right? Jordy, my neighbor’s dog has leukemia and has only a few weeks to live. Yet she still loves to chase rabbits, go for walks, receive a good belly scratch and come to my door for treats. If she’s uncomfortable, she isn’t complaining. She doesn’t resent her owner when he says “no” to more treats, and she could care less that I have a Mezuzah on my doorframe. I’ll never be that comfortable with the here and now. We humans are works in progress. Perfection is the enemy of love. I wish I could help my precious granddaughter understand this [...]

Perfection, Acceptance, and Dogs :)2022-09-06T09:36:45-07:00

A Contemplation for Comfort

A Contemplation for Comfort. Each morning, the Daily Meditation from Richard Rohr, Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation arrives in my inbox. Recently, this paragraph moved me: Ultimately, we do not earn or find God. We just get ourselves out of the way. We let go of illusions and the preoccupations of our smaller selves. As the cheap scaffolding falls away, the soul stands revealed. The soul, or True Self, cannot be created or achieved by our work. It just is, and it is already. The soul is God’s “I AM” continued in me.  “The Soul is God’s I AM continued in me.” Dear Ones, Whether you’re an agnostic, atheist, or a believer, the physicists tell us that we are all [...]

A Contemplation for Comfort2022-08-31T08:36:14-07:00

The Healthy Love Show

Online Registration The Healthy Love Show: Get Ready Emotionally, Physically, & Spiritually for Juicy, Connected Love LIVE Sep 14-16 10am-5pm EST (free series) I’ll always remember how I felt when my first marriage ended. I was not a healthy human.    This was way before my sunrise pictures on Instagram and Facebook; long before writing Yoga for Depression and discovering how simple movement, combined with breathing practices and sound could transform my life. Back then I was so filled with shame, remorse and regret that I drank to numb the pain. In the television industry at the time, drinking was part of the culture anyway, so I "got away with it", but not for long. I felt [...]

The Healthy Love Show2022-08-26T13:50:46-07:00
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