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Author: Julie Peters

Bagalamukhi the Paralyzer and How Stillness Moves Us Forward

Stillness and movement work together and can help us sense what we deeply desire…

Audio Meditation: Relax into Your Breath

This meditation is ideal if you need a pause from your day to slow down and calm down, and you may wish to put it on as you are lying in bed at night preparing to sleep.

On the Passing of Michael Stone and Mental Health in the Yoga Community

Yoga, self-care, and alternative forms of medicine cannot always fix everything.

The Goddess Matangi and the Joy of Being an Outcast

Matangi tells a secret—that there’s a hidden joy, even power, in being an outcas…

Dhumavati: Goddess of Empowering Ugliness

So how can we, with Dhumavati, embrace the ways in which we are, powerfully, ugl…

The Dark Side of Forgiveness: The Goddess Tara

Tara is one of the most famous and widely beloved goddesses in Buddhism. She was…

Kali, Goddess of Rage and Resistance

Once upon a time, the god Shiva, the Lord of Destruction, was so busy meditating…

Breaking Your Addiction to Thinking

Thinking is obviously an important tool. Humans have the powerful ability to thi…

Why Commit? And How?

Once upon a time, people spent their whole lives in one career until they retire…

Understanding Your Cravings

Dieting mythologies have taught us that cravings are our enemies. We are told to…

Your Self-Esteem is Not the Problem

Like everyone else, I’ve had difficult times in my life. I’ve had bad breakups, …

Weight, Worth, and the Radical Act of Having a Body

Photograph from Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley (Workman Publishing). Copyri…

Secrets of Yogic Breathing (Ujjayi Pranayam)

Ujjayi Pranayam means Breath of the Warrior. When we do this breath, it can make…

A New Definition of Love in Divisive Times

The other day, I had one of those moments which must be unique to this particula…

The Art of Receiving What You Are Getting

We don’t always get what we want. But we always get what we receive.In Sanskrit,…

The Key to Creativity: Constraints

We do yoga to set ourselves free, right? That’s the message we get, anyway: the …

Celebrating Black Yogis for Black History Month

Yoga has its roots in India, but it has changed and evolved hugely since it came…

Showing Up Matters: Stories of the Goddess

We are in a moment of change. Some of us are hopeful, others rageful, and others…

Tips for Insomniacs with Busy Minds

I’ve struggled with insomnia my whole life. It’s partly because I think a little…

Celebrating My Inner Masculinity

This week, I skipped out on yoga. Instead, I tried kickboxing for the first time…

One Simple Trick to Make Life Easier

I don’t always make New Year’s resolutions—I find the darkest coldest months a p…

Self Love as a Practice

We all know there’s great value in loving ourselves. Self acceptance, self estee…

The Truth about Going Retrograde with Mercury

September is a bit of a wild month, astrologically speaking. There is a solar ec…

Befriending Pain

Over the last several years, I’ve come to believe that the greatest, most powerf…

Why Your Anger Could Be Good for Your Relationship

Many of us fear and avoid anger, especially in the realm of intimate relationshi…

On Meditating Badly

Every morning, I meditate. Badly.I know meditation is good for me. Meditation ca…

The Goddess of Intoxication

The sixth night from the new moon is presided over by Vajresvari Nitya—the Tantr…

The Complications of Living in the Now

We all know living in the moment is a key aspect of happiness. We know we need t…

Support in Service of Sweetness

One of the most famous yoga sutras—the short aphorisms in yoga attributed to Pat…

Loving Through Change

Non-attachment is a pretty familiar concept within the worlds of yoga and medita…

Celebrating the Darkness

In many spiritual traditions, God is seen as the source of light, banishing the …

The Goddess of Escaping from Your Daily Life (If Just for a Moment)

In the Tantric tradition, the goddess of the 13th night from the new moon is cal…

The Yoga of Being Sick

The day after I finished a major project (my new book, Secrets of the Eternal Mo…

How Do I Find The One?

Around Valentine’s Day, a lot of people are thinking about love—whether they wan…

New Moon, New Year: Wisdom from the Chinese New Year

A month or so into 2016, people are feeling a little low. Everyone seems exhaust…

Lessons in a Bad Yoga Class

The other day, I took a bad yoga class. I went to see one of my favorite teacher…

A Goddess Guide for the New Year

Traditionally, the dark times—winter solstice or new moons—are times to reflect,…

The Spirituality of Anger

Anger is not the most comfortable emotion to feel. It also may be the most abhor…

Writing to Connect to your Body

A major aspect of my practice has always been about coming home to my body. We l…

Is Downward Dog an Invention of the 20th century?

When I first started practicing yoga, I thought it was a 5000-year-old practice.…

How Your Search for Happiness is Making You Miserable

Happiness: we all want it, and we want to know how to get it. We read books abou…

The Power of Your Mistakes

We are living in a time of more choice than ever before. Not only can we order p…

The Real Secret of Yoga (Isn’t the Yoga)

Often when we hear the word “yoga,” we think of static physical postures like Do…

Stop Opening Your Hips: Yoga for SI Joint Pain

I’ve been dealing with pain right between my sacrum and my pelvis at the joint w…

The Wisdom of Uncertainty

One of the best things about yoga, for me, has been learning to tap into the wis…

Foreboding Joy

“The best thing about yoga,” a teacher of mine used to say, “is that it makes yo…

In Defense of Hands-On Adjustments

Hands on adjustments are a relatively common but also quite controversial aspect…

The Goddess of Vulnerability: Bherunda Nitya

If you look up at the moon on the fourth night from now, you’ll see a beautiful …

The Spirituality of Desire

In many religious traditions, desire, especially sexual desire, is best to be av…

The Special Place: The Meaning of Vinyasa

My dad has a special way he likes to order when we are out at a restaurant. Firs…

How to Be a Yogi and Still Read the News

It was a bad week for news. This week’s news made me feel angry, helpless, and s…

Reclaiming Your Most Valuable Resource: Your Attention

Do you know where your phone is right now? If it beeps or vibrates, will you kee…

Yoga for Allergies Part 2: The Nervous System

A few years ago, I had a very annoying skin allergy. Wherever I scratched, my sk…

Yoga for Allergies or Seasonal Colds

Allergies are really common during the spring season as trees and flowers begin …

The Truth About Changing Your Habits

At the studio I run in Vancouver, we used to participate in 30-day challenges wh…

Three Tools for Managing Social Anxiety

When you are feeling stressed and anxious, what’s your strategy? If you’re like …

The Blood Moon and your Fierce Face

Once upon a time, the great god Shiva and his beautiful consort Sati were having…

The Wisdom of Disconnection

Every now and then, I help facilitate a group of men who meets weekly to have co…

Cultivating Intimacy through Meditation

There are three major issues facing our world today, according to Buddhist teach…

What Non-Attachment Can Teach Us about Intimacy

“Live in the now!” Garth exhorts Wayne as he fawns over a beautiful guitar he ca…

Find Your Voice with the Deep Core Line

“Just remember,” I told my friend right before she got onstage to perform a poem…

The Power of the “And Principle”: A Lesson in Tantra

This year, I’ve been deepening my research into Tantric yoga philosophy while al…

Quick and Dirty Yoga Detox and Cleanse Yoga Sequence

It’s a New Year, and we could all use a little help to cleanse, detoxify, and bo…

Feeding the New Year

‘Tis the season for drinking too much eggnog, eating too much, and pulling out o…

Reclaim Your Body

The yoga that we practice here in North America has a fascinating and complex hi…

How to Catch a Thought: 3 Tools for Mindfulness

“Your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find the barriers within you…

Affirmations for Negative Self Talk

Have you ever pasted up a big sign on your bathroom mirror that says something l…

Yoga for Menstruation

I love getting my period. I know that’s a weird thing to say, and many women gro…

When Mindfulness Fails You: Tools for Managing Anxiety

It’s 4am. I’m spiraling deep into what I call the “nightmare fantasy”: imagining…

Endings and Beginnings

During the time of the Fall Equinox, which fell this year on the same week as a …

Strengthen Your Relationships through the Chakras

I’ve always thought the lessons of yoga were really easy: non-attachment, forgiv…

The Chakras for Emotional Clarity

In emotionally confusing situations, our first urge is to try to understand. We …

Summer System Overload

It’s been a hot summer. I showed up to my yoga studio the other day, and noticed…

Tapping Into your Gut: Learning from a Source of Deep Intelligence

One way of thinking about yoga is as a form of education into your own body. The…

Boost Your Confidence with a Power Pose

One day, I showed up to my yoga mat with a broken heart. I’d just gone through a…

A Beat You Can Breathe To: Yoga and Music

Have you ever noticed the music yoga teachers play in class?We know intuitively …

The Secret Sacredness of the Yoga Body

Many yoga practitioners get curious about the deeper practices behind what we ar…

Yoga for the Moon Cycles

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been tuning into the energetic cycles of the…

Yoga for Chronic Pain: Part 2

Pain is important: it tells us that something is wrong. As I discussed in my las…

Yoga for Chronic Pain: Part 1

Yoga as an embodied mindfulness practice has the potential to change your brain.…

Minding Your Moods

Sometimes, in the yoga community, it seems that what we are always trying to do …

Engage My What?! Decoding the Core

The most important instruction you’ll get in a yoga class may also sound like th…

The Legend of Ashtavakra

<p>To see this a slideshow of this series, click <a href="http://spiritualityhealth.com/slideshow/ashtavakra-series">here</a>.</p>

The Stickiness of Stillness: The Challenges of Corpse Pose

When I was a kid, I hated naptime. I would lie down in the cot like everyone els…

The Fallow Field: The Virtue of Doing Nothing

I’ve been spending a lot of my evenings lately sitting at home watching Netflix.…

Conscious Rest: Yoga for Insomnia

It’s 3:00 AM. You look at your blinking clock and think, “I have to get up in fo…

Heart-Opening Yoga

We learn so many great lessons in yoga that totally fall apart in relationships.…

Yoga on the Go: A Sequence for Cycling

My friend Carol has been cycling—by herself—across America. She calls me from th…

Rewire Your Brain: Practice Happiness

In the wake of New Year’s Resolution season, some of us are taking a good hard l…

5 Reasons Not to Meditate

I’ll be honest: I’ve never liked meditating. I’ve dabbled in it, and forced myse…

Stressed Out? Lean into It

Stress has become a bad word in our culture. It causes illness and contributes t…

Secrets of Chaturanga Dandasana Pose

Chaturanga Dandasana, which means “four limbed staff pose,” is an incredibly com…

Accidental Meditation: You're Already Doing it

Most people think they are bad at meditating. Can’t sit still and turn your thou…

Karma: The Yoga of Action in an Unjust World

If you practice yoga, you’ve encountered the word karma at some point—in class, …

Yoga on the Go: Moon Salutation

 There is definitely a specific pleasure in taking a public yoga class: lis…

Don't Surrender Your Loneliness So Quickly

“My Eyes So Soft”by Hafiz, trans. Daniel LadinskyDon't surrender your loneliness…

The Yoga Sweat: How Our Glands Process Emotion

Did you know that you really can smell fear? I once presented a paper …

Yoga for Shoulder Health

 How often to do you walk on your hands? Do you spend time crawling around …

Cool It Practice: balancing yin and yang in good measure

 As human animals, we are affected by the weather. We like to think we’re n…

Watch Your Mouth

 “Bellydance is a service,” my dance teacher was telling us. “We are offeri…

Join yoga teacher Julie Peters on an exploration into the real life of yoga—how the philosophies and experiences of the practice can help us learn from our bodies, enrich our relationships, face our deepest shadows, and laugh at ourselves along the way. Julie is the author of the  book Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (Turner Publishing). See www.jcpeters.ca for more details.

Julie Peters

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