Do you feel WORTHY? Try it on. Say it. Feel it. It is lively, unrestrained and uninhibited, and not always deeply familiar. This is your invitation to embark on an empowering personal experience into a world of self-love and acceptance for who you are right now. If you know my work it's no surprise that I believe the greatest gift you can give yourself is self-love. I was so delighted to assist when Salma Chellal told me she was once again hosting her Love Yourself Unconditionally event! Born out of her own struggles with feelings of unworthiness, her journey is not so different from my own healing of the deepest wounds. Yoga was integral to my recovery and I will be offering simple [...]

LOVE YOURSELF UNCONDITIONALLY Online Series2021-03-13T13:20:59-07:00

NEW MUST-READ for Therapists, Yogis, and Self Care Seekers

Why do I say Joanne Spence’s new book Trauma-Informed Yoga is a must-read? If you, as a mental health, yoga or other healing professional, support people in recovery from a history of trauma and associated mood disorders, you will love this book. Stephen Porges, PhD changed our understanding of the body-mind’s response to threat when he published Polyvagal Theory in 2011. Deb Dana, LCSW brought that understanding into the treatment room when she published The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy in 2018, and in the simplest and most accessible of ways, Joanne Spence, BSW, MA, helps us non-neuroscientists take hold of the “Autonomic Ladder” and support our clients and students as they rise to safety and connection. When I read Trauma-Informed Yoga for the first time (disclaimer—I read it a [...]

NEW MUST-READ for Therapists, Yogis, and Self Care Seekers2021-03-15T16:52:26-07:00


Do you have trouble meditating? Does your mind seem too active to find stillness? Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind; simple, yes, but not often easy. When I began to meditate, I went on "rounding" meditation weekends, and the group practice made it easier than practicing at home alone. In fact, the depression that clouded my mind created a lot of negative self-talk, no matter if I practiced with my mantra or focused on the breath. When I closed my eyes, my self-critical part took the lead. Sound familiar? Later, when I added yoga practices to "give my mind a bone"--mudras, mantra chanting, pranayama, kriya, body sensing--I found a portal into a quiet mind. [...]

And STILL, MEDITATION STILLS2021-03-15T16:02:40-07:00

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood Immersion ONLINE

Online Registration LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood Immersion is NOW LIVE! Spend a lovely weekend with the author of  Yoga for Depression. Amy guides you through evidence-based Yoga practices for managing your mood. LifeForce Yoga® interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings to help you release what is no longer serving you—without a story attached! Discover techniques to energize and elevate depressed moods; relax and calm anxiety; work with the chakra system; bring balance to your emotional body. You’ll practice: Pranayama (breathing techniques) and kriya (yogic cleanses) that regulate the emotions Meditations that lift the mood Sankalpa (affirmations) Bhavana (guided visualizations) Mantras (tones) that manage the emotions Mudras (hand gestures) that affect different areas of the chakra system and the body Yoga asanas suitable [...]

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood Immersion ONLINE2020-12-13T11:18:25-07:00

Increasing Courage Amidst Fear

Dear Ones, As we Americans face the inauguration, fear arises in many of us. Many have expressed the fear of the violence that may erupt in coming weeks and months. Most of us are expressing fear of the hate and distrust that has gone underground. What to do to create ease? I’m finding two things that are particularly supporting my sense of personal courage and confidence right now. One is taking a small action, any action, to serve in my community, and the other is a practice for calm strength and energy. My present action is here: The "Trashy Divas", a group of us in Tucson, gather every month to clear our favorite trail. Yes, it’s small in the scheme [...]

Increasing Courage Amidst Fear2021-01-19T15:59:14-07:00
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