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Julie Peters

Julie Peters is a staff writer for Spirituality & Health. She is also a yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and co-owner of Ocean and Crow Yoga studio in Vancouver, BC, with her mom, Jane. She is the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths 2016) and WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media 2019). Learn more at www.jcpeters.ca. Follow her at @juliejcp.


Julie Peters

Meditation for Loneliness

Explore the power of loneliness and isolation through guided meditation.

Matrescence: The Deep Spiritual Transformation of Pregnancy

“This idea has struck me deeply as I have watched my body change in fascinating …

Yoga for Constipation

Feeling stuck? Yoga can help with constipation. Get your digestion moving again …

What to Do With the Winter Blues

Managing the Blue, Bluer, and Bluest Winter Blues

Embracing Loneliness in a Pandemic Winter

Loneliness means your heart wants to open. What do you want to open it to?…

Mindful Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Bringing a mindful approach to pregnancy means listening to both your body and y…

Circles, Not Triangles

Finding Emotional Sustainability

Guided Meditation: The Moonlit Pond

In this guided sleep meditation, we will gently relax the body while we explore …

Celebrating the Spiritual Meanings of Halloween

More than just candy and costumes: Halloween is a holiday that can, with a littl…

Solutions for Tight Psoas Muscles

A simple yoga flow can alleviate your tight psoas, which could be causing you lo…

Following the Moon, Processing Grief

This season is a good time to process the grief you’ve felt this year. Practice …

How to Use Guided Meditations

... And What Are Guided Meditations, Anyway?

The Antidote to Toxic Positivity

“Positivity becomes toxic when an overfocus on rainbows and flowers leads to byp…

Fall Is So Yin: Embracing Autumn Energy

“The fall/winter ... is full of yin energy, a darker, softer, slower energy. Now…

11-Minute Prenatal Meditation

Breathe deep with this guided prenatal meditation by renowned yoga teacher Julie…

Pregnant During a Pandemic

Pregnancy naturally causes anxiety—then tack on a pandemic. Writer Julie Peters …

Guided Meditation: Pelvic Floor Wellness

This meditation involves gentle, relaxed breathing and some light muscular engag…

Lunar Reflections

Julie Peters, the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses, shares …

Healing for the Gut

Julie Peters describes her experience with SIBO and her long journey back to hea…

Lovingly Managing Weight Fluctuations

Writer Julie Peters talks about a past eating disorder, how she overcomes feelin…

Guided Meditation: Deeply Relax (Or Sleep) With Breathwork

This gentle, progressive breathwork will help your body return to the rest-and-d…

Flex Your Butt Core: Build Hip Strength With These Yoga Poses

Tight hips? Tight muscles are usually weak muscles. A stronger butt creates loos…

5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

A Yoga Sequence to Help Calm Your Nervous System

Earth Meditation for Safety and Calm

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Slow down and connect to Earth energy, which is…

Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Starry Night

Walk into an evening field and settle by a warm fire to enjoy the stars. Settle …

Why You Should Feel Your Feelings

The world is a wild, wild place right now. The problem is, when we don’t pause t…

Radically Choosing Your Wild and Precious Life

We tend to put others first—and it's time to break that contract and start livin…

Lessons from Yin Yoga for Managing Chronic Pain

Yin yoga works the connective tissue that wraps around our muscles and carries m…

Summer Solstice Meditation: Celebrating the Harvest

The longest day of the year is the perfect time to celebrate the fruits of your …

Women’s Meditation

(Is There Such a Thing?)

Listening for the Wisdom of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain isn’t always telling us that something is wrong, necessarily, but i…

Chronic Pain, Trauma, and the Nervous System

Chronic pain can be caused by lingering trauma, creating stress that is unresolv…

Removing the Veils: Seeing Ourselves in the New Light of Forced Change

“I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to feel about being in isolation or …

Four Ways to Social Distance Without Screens

When we are on screens so much, it is important to find ways to relax and rechar…

5 Questions to Help Decode Your Chronic Back Pain

That chronic back pain is a message from your body. Are you listening? These 5 q…

Intimacy and Sex in Isolation

Sure. Pandemic doesn’t scream sexy—but you can still ignite the spark.

Managing Anger in Isolation

Your quarantine partner just aggravated you again. You’re angry—or are you? Refl…

Meditation for Deep Sleep: A Delicious Fantasyland

Wander through a delicious fantasyland filled with benevolent flowers with nou…

In Self-Isolation? Lessons from the Hermit Tarot Card

Whether you’re surviving or thriving through solo lockdown, the Hermit Tarot car…

Love on Lockdown: Your Relationship Can Survive

Pandemic wasn’t one of the vows. How to hunker down with someone and love them s…

Surrender: A Practice of Uncertainty

COVID-19 has anxiety on high. To cope: It’s time to surrender.

Dancing, Healing

Julie Peters talks with Indigenous dance artist Olivia C. Davies about dance as …

Self-Regulation Skills in a Crisis: Four Tools to Calm Down Now

Self-care staples include eating well, sleeping well, and connecting with friend…

New Moon Meditation for Calling in What You Desire

New moons are traditionally about planting seeds, setting intentions for what yo…

3 Yoga Exercises to Build Your Immunity Now

"Your system thinks you are in survival/panic mode, and you need to help yoursel…

Moon Rituals: Tending Your Internal Garden

“New moons are related to water and fertility. Metaphorically, in the dark of th…

An Alternative Spiritual Guide to Disaster

“There’s always some new world on the other side of that destruction, even if we…

Full Moon Meditation for Clearing and Letting Go

"Take a pause around the full moon (ideally within three days of it) to reflect …

The Spiritual Flame of Rage

A journey toward accepting—and even embracing—anger.

The One Question You Should Ask in Your Relationship

Most of us want to be in love. We see committed partnership as a good in and of …

Love Is Blind: A Romance About (Not Having) Choice

Love Is Blind is a strange hit, a romance about having all of our choices made f…

How to Protect Yourself From Other People (and the News)

“If you are a sensitive person, you might notice that you are highly affected by…

A Love Spell and Ritual for Valentine’s Day

“On Valentine’s Day, I want to focus on true love: the energy of power, desire, …

Guided Meditation: Love Ritual for Valentine’s Day

This guided meditation helps you to remove any obstacles that are blocking your …

Desire: Are You Content or Simply Settling?

“Desire is the feeling that there is something more out there for us, something …

Using the Pelvic Floor as an Energetic Gateway

“For years, consciously contracting my pelvic floor when I felt unsafe or when I…

Self-Trust: Two Secrets to Try

We can’t second-guess every choice we make. So how do we know what it means for …

Befriending Nightmares

How to keep bad dreams from bothering you

Guided Meditation for Self-Protection: The Shield

Imagine a protective sphere that keeps in positive energy, releasing what we do …

Mindful Money Management

“There are plenty of good tips out there for how to manage our money, but if we’…

I've Seen the End of You

Getting to Know W. Lee Warren

When Friends Break Up

“Those moments can be very painful, but sometimes we should let certain friends …

3 Super Relaxing Yoga Poses for Detoxification

Have a holiday hangover? Try these yoga poses to help detox and rebalance your b…

An Alternative Ritual for the New Year

Whether or not you are going to a blow-out party on New Year’s Eve this year, he…

Secrets of the Pelvic Floor

This often-neglected part of the body has a lot to say if you know how to listen…

Meditation for Calm Even in a Loud Place: Pratyahara

This guided meditation connects with sounds and distractions to help us get cent…

How to Care For Your Body Better in a Cold, Dark Season

“When we do not listen to the signals of our bodies as they shift from season to…

The Way of the Rose

Getting to Know Clark Strand and Perdita Finn

8 Tricks for Controlling Holiday Binge Eating and Drinking

Avoid overeating and drinking too much this holiday season by mindfully focusing…

Habits for Success

Getting to Know G. Brian Benson

5 Eco-Friendly and Zero-Waste Gift Ideas

Honor loved ones with mindful and ethical green gifts that won’t break the bank …

It’s Never Too Late to Be Yourself

Getting to Know Davina Kotulski

5 Stretches for a Long Plane Ride

Contorted into a plane seat? Here are a few (discreet) stretches you can do to k…

Breathing into Balance: Explore Alternate Nostril Breathing

Though you can do this guided meditation anytime, it especially helps you fall a…

Love Earth Now

Getting to Know Cheryl Leutjen

The Warrior Goddess Way

Getting to Know HeatherAsh Amara

5 Stretches for a Long Car Ride

Long car trips can leave us feeling sore and exhausted. These five stretches can…

What Should We Do With Our Judgment of Others?

“The impulse with judgment is usually to shame the person we are judging, to mak…

Against Intuition

Does your gut tell you not to trust your gut? Maybe you should listen.

A Ritual for the Deeper Meaning of Halloween

Connect with the wisdom of this holiday, which comes between the fall equinox an…

Guided Meditation: Progressive Relaxation for Deep Sleep

Move through a guided relaxation process for your mind, your nervous system, you…

Mindful Scrolling

Four Strategies to Stress Less with Social Media

Body as Compass: A Meditation for Decision Making

Tap into what you truly desire with this meditation that honors the mind, the he…

A Ritual For Welcoming Moon Season

Fall is the perfect season to release that which no longer serves us. Try this m…

Three Sensual Practices To Do With Your Partner Tonight (That Aren’t About Sex)

“These three practices all have the key quality of inviting pleasure while reduc…

Feel: Healing the Spiritual Wound of Sexual Trauma

I am lying on my floor with my knees bent, hands on my belly. I am trying to bre…

Honoring Sacred Sexual Energy

Connect to the sacred sexual and erotic energy living in your low belly, pelvis,…

Gift of Crisis

Getting to Know Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley

Not My Problem: A Compassionate Mantra

“Becoming clear on what is our problem and what is someone else’s is revolutiona…

The Thirst for Spirituality and the Rise of Witches

Julie Peters explains why witchcraft appeals to so many people—and how witches c…

Breath-Focused Meditation for Deep Sleep

Follow your natural breath to help relax your mind and your body. Gently switch …

How (and Why) to Feel a Feeling

“The problem isn’t the depth of sadness or anger that we feel. The problem is ou…

Cooling Sleep Meditation for Hot Summer Nights

Use this guided meditation to cool off the body and mind and prepare for rest. …

Teaching a Stressed System to Relax: Living in the Gaps

“The more I practice cultivating the gaps and being really present for them, the…

Guided Meditation: Body as Home

A simple guided meditation to help you connect to your breath and your body. …

The Healing Power of Celebration

Nudge your nervous system out of the stress habit through the act of celebratio…

Healing Meditation for Injury, Surgery, or Illness

This guided meditation will lead you through a visualization of healing white li…

The Alchemy of the Heart: Witnessing Grief

When we allow pain in fully (and then release it fully), the heart can transform…

What’s Your Desire Pattern?

"If you are someone who doesn’t feel randomly and spontaneously turned on all th…

What Helps and What Hurts

Yoga and Meditation for Healing Trauma

Recovering Your Sexuality After Trauma

"Our sexuality is one of the tenderest, most vulnerable aspects of who we are. I…

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Gemstone Staircase

This guided meditation will lull you to sleep as you walk down a beautiful stair…

The 2 Reasons Women Have Low Sexual Desire

Low sexual desire is incredibly common. For some people, low sexual desire can l…

The Anxiety of Intuition

Is intuition a useful tool or will it lead you astray? Julie Peters weighs the a…

3 Rules for Mindful Sex

Want to be more mindful when it comes to sex? Try following these three rules.…

Mindful Sexuality, Divine Sexuality

Sexual energy may be an expression of the divine within each of us. That's one r…

Guided Meditation: Floating Above the Clouds (For Playfulness and Creativity)

In this meditation, imagine yourself playing and dancing with the wind high abov…

Meditation for Emotional Healing: Transformative Fire

This guided meditation allows the listener to release unwanted emotions. …

When Your Calling Doesn’t Call: What Do You Do Without a Life Passion?

“If we don’t know what we want to be when we grow up, is there something fundame…

Toxic Anger vs. Healing Anger

“It’s certainly toxic to express our anger without thought, acting out with crue…

Guided Meditation: The Healing Waters

This gently hypnotic meditation will take you along a dirt path into a candlelit…

Snuggling Up to Our Obstacles

"We need to understand our fears and vulnerabilities, not so we can blast throug…

Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring New Moon

Julie Peters shares her personal ritual for the new moon.

Guided Morning Meditation

Start your day with intention and mindfulness with this guided meditation.…

Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring Full Moon

On the full moon, create a ritual that has meaning for you.

Guided Relaxation for Deep Sleep

This simple guided meditation is inspired by the Yoga Nidra meditation practice,…

How to Tell if You Are Following Your Bliss or Chasing A Craving

The work of pleasure and desire is to be honest with ourselves.

Meditation for Heartache or Emotional Pain

An audio meditation for times of emotional pain.

The Humble Power of Habit

The most important habit to start with is the one that will help us listen to ou…

A Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Country Road

A guided visualization to help guide you to a deeper sleep.

3 Poses for Releasing Neck Tension

The key to letting go of neck tension.

A Love Commitment for Valentine’s Day (With or Without a Partner)

One of the most powerful ways we can support our lovers is by taking care of our…

Guided Meditation for Self Love

In this Valentine’s month, it’s very important to spend some time loving ourselv…

Nonviolence: Self-Care vs. Soft Care

We often think of self care as something we do only when we’re stressed, in grie…

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Cozy Fireplace

A guided visualization to help you drift off to sleep.

Detoxify Your Gut: Relax Into a Healthy Rhythm

The secret to a happy, health gut is knowing it’s not what you eat, it’s how.…

Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain

Mindfulness meditation can help us befriend the pain sensations and teach the br…

Instant Calm Breathing Meditation

A guided meditation to calm yourself.

Reset and Recharge: New Year Yoga Sequence

During the holiday season, we’re out of our routines, we tend to eat and drink m…

Meaningful Rituals for Winter Solstice

How you can create some new traditions to celebrate the winter solstice.

Winter Solstice Meditation

A time for grieving, acknowledging what's been lost, and letting go.

5 Tips for Holiday Stress Management

Here are a few tips for keeping calm and taking care during the holiday season.…

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Warm Sunset Beach

A guided visualization to lull you to sleep.

Why We Need to Stop

Find ways to pause, rest, and be mindful.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Colorful City of Your Mind

Immerse yourself in a colorful city in your mind to rock you to sleep.

Practices for Death and Rebirth for Scorpio Season

Honor your grief as we enter into the season of generative death and prepare for…

Guided Meditation for Befriending Loneliness

Tolerate the discomfort of loneliness.

Desk Yoga for Your Hands and Wrists

Use hand mudras to save your hands and wrists from overuse.

Simple Anytime, Anywhere Mindfulness Meditation

An audio meditation you can use anytime to reduce stress and lift your mood.…

Letting Go When You’re Holding On

How can you support yourself to let go?

Meditation for Deepest Desires: The Lush Garden

Invite your desire to speak to you in your dreams.

5 Signs You’re Suffering from Toxic Stress

If these signs feel familiar, here's what you can do about it.

Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Flowing River

Get to sleep using this guided visualization.

Routines of Pleasure

Consider one way you could bring a little bit more pleasure into your day.…

The Naked Truth About Mistakes

Why we shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes.

Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Forest Grove

A guided visualization for better sleep.

The Power of Fierce Gentleness

Gentleness with ourselves and our others sometimes means pushing back.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Wildflower Field

Fall asleep while visualizing yourself in a field of flowers.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Private Beach

An audio meditation for sweet dreams.

3 Poses for Happy, Healthy Hips

Strengthen, support, and stretch out your hips.

Connecting to Your Sexual Energy as Life Force

Connecting to our sexual selves doesn’t always have to mean connecting to anothe…

Meditation for Connecting to Sexual Energy as Life Force

A guided meditation to harness your sexual energy.

Relaxing Guided Meditation for Rest or Sleep

A useful tool to get to sleep.

Breaking the Bad Love Spell

What can your anger teach you about yourself for better relationships?

Guided Meditation and Breath Practice for Balancing Your Energy

Start or end your day with this breath practice.

3 Poses for Neck and Shoulder Tension

Learn how to release tension in the neck and shoulders with these exercises.…

Medication Meditation Part 3: Energizing for Lethargy, Sluggishness, or Emotional Blockage

Get a boost of energy with this Ayurveda inspired audio meditation.

Making Everyday Spaces Sacred Through Intuitive Ritual

Draw sacredness into your life whenever you need it with simple intentional ritu…

Meditation Medication Part 2: Cooling Meditation for Anger, Irritation, or Inflammation

An audio meditation to calm emotional and physical inflammation.

Biological Time: Slowing Down the Aging Process

Find little ways every day to slow down, even if it’s just for ten minutes a day…

Meditation Medication Part 1: Grounding for Anxiety or Overwhelm

The first in three-part meditation series inspired by Ayurveda.

3 Simple Rules to Maintain a Healthy Weight, Digest Better, and Heal Your Relationship with Food

 Follow these simple rules (and a secret fourth) and change how you eat. 

Learning from Our Worst Selves: Feeding the Shadow Wolf

Sometimes fear, anger, or sadness are appropriate responses to the complexities …

Meditation for Listening to Your Many Selves

An audio meditation to open our understanding of our different voices.

Making (Good) Gut Decisions

Your gut can be a really important source of wisdom in your life.

Guided Meditation for (Good) Gut Decisions

An audio meditation to tune into how you feel.

3 Exercises to Strengthen (and Relax) Your Pelvic Floor

Simple exercises that anyone can do to increase pelvic floor awareness and tone …

Moment Medicine: An Everyday Healing Practice

We need to feel safe in order to heal.

Meditation for Letting Go with the Waning Moon

An audio meditation for letting go and moving on.

A Goddess of Post Traumatic Growth: Nilapataka Nitya

This goddess encourages us to courageously churn the oceans of our inner selves,…

Being in the Flow of Heartache and Pain

Yoga and mindfulness can help us recognize that our discomfort has a flow.…

Audio Meditation: In the Flow of Discomfort

This audio meditation is for those times when there’s discomfort in the body, wh…

New Moon Meditation: The Goddess of Loneliness

A preview of Moon Meditations: 16 Nights for Desire, Heartache, and Connection…

Creative Moon: Writing Prompts for the Moon Cycles

Try this free writing journaling practice coinciding with the moon phases.…

The One Relationship You Can Never Leave

Do the work of being in a loving, healthy, committed relationship with ourselves…

Guided Meditation for Loving Your Belly

This meditation will help you to explore your own belly, offering it thanks, app…

In the Fullness of Emptiness

Calm down using the breath and slow down your exhale.

The Fullness of Emptiness: A Guided Breath Meditation

This guided meditation explores the bottom of the breath.

Releasing Your Stress Muscle: 3 Poses for the Psoas

Try these three helpful poses to bring stress relief to your muscles.…

Guided Meditation for the End of the Year

Say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new.

End of Year Ritual: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

A simple and effective end of year ritual is to carve out a little time for your…

Meditating With Your Anger

An audio meditation to engage with our anger and compassion without shame.…

Meditation for Feeling your Feelings

For this meditation, you choose an emotion—something that’s present for you and …

Audio Meditation: A Pleasure Practice

A guided meditation for tasting a little sweetness.

The Surprisingly Simple Secrets of Tantric Sex Part 3: Listening with the Body

When it comes to sex, listening goes a lot deeper than hearing.

Rage and Relationships: How Anger Can Help Intimacy

When we can channel our anger into compassionate communication, it can help us …

Full Moon Meditation for Letting Go and Letting In

An audio meditation for the full moon.

Mindful Sex Part Two: Forget Goals

When the only goal of sex is pleasure through play for the sake of itself, we ca…

New Moon Meditation: Pause the Breath, Pause the Mind

Try this audio meditation for slowing down the mind.

Using Technology So It Doesn’t Use You

Take these two actions to set boundaries around your phone and social media.…

Audio Meditation for Connecting to the Heart

The heart holds our love, connection, joy, and forgiveness. It can also hold gri…

Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad: Shame and the Primal Brain

Rather than piling shame on top of shame, we need to slow down and honestly feel…

Hello Sensation: An Audio Meditation for Befriending Your Body

This meditation is a practice of honoring and acknowledging the range of complex…

Chinnamasta: The Self-Beheading Goddess

Chinnamasta shows us the simple, playful, and fierce truth that much of what we …

Pratyahara Meditation to Focus the Mind and Calm Anxiety

Use this guided meditation to draw the senses closer to connect with the body in…

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 Sanskri…

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 …

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 …

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

Here are three yoga postures that can really help your body deal with coughs, co…

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 t…

4 Yoga Poses Inspired by the Moon

JC Peter's offers a yoga pose to represent each quarter of the moon correspondin…

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

Two years ago, I was hit by a car on my bike. I doubled over, twisted and rolled…

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 a.m. You look at your blinking clock and think, “I have to get up in four…

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…

Breathing: The Poetry of the Body

 We know intuitively that our state of mind will affect our breath: it come…

Yoga after 50, Still Going Strong

 The story we are typically told about aging is that it is a downward slope…

Yoga as Medicine

 The other night, my partner got a migraine. He was writhing in bed, ibupro…

Is My Body Lying to Me?

“The body never lies,” Janet Stone said in a workshop on the yogic concept of sa…

Recovering from Trauma? Listen to What Your Body's Trying to Tell You

The massage therapist slid her hand under my sacrum, and waited. I wasn’t sure w…

Yoga for Releasing Anger

Anger: we all know it, many of us well. But at a yoga party, it would be gauche …

Now Is the Time

“Now is the time to know that all you do is sacred.” ~Hafiz  Remember that…

Unpacking the Warrior Poses

Once upon a time, Shiva, the Lord of Yoga, became infuriated to discover that hi…

Contemplating Injury: What Yoga Has Taught Me About Pain

This is how bad things have gotten: I am squatting on my floor by a low table to…

How to Develop a Home Yoga Practice

I used to think having a home practice meant I had to get up at 4 a.m. to chant …

Sun Salutations: A Dance with the Breath

I wish I could speak like music.I wish I could put the swaying splendorOf the fi…

How to Be Heard: The Yoga of Authority

I taught my first kid’s yoga class last week, at the school where my mom works. …

Puppy Guru: Why My Dog is My Best Yoga Teacher

A couple of weeks ago, I adopted a dog from the animal shelter. His name is Finn…

Heartache to Heart Opener: How I Tuned Into My Body's Innate Intelligence

I used to love backbending. It was my favorite part of my yoga practice for a lo…

Yoga and Feminism

When I was in school, I wanted to talk about feminism all the time. I loved its …

Portrait of a Yogi

"A Rabbit Noticed My Condition"I was sad one day and went for a walk;I sat in a …

Expose Yourself: A New Year Intention, Inspired By the Moon

Because the moon feels loved, she lets our eyesfollow her across the field, step…

When "Just Breathe" Isn't Enough: Practices for Deep Breathing

Breathing is, indeed, good for you. It’s been shown that breathing into the bell…

Translating the Secret Language of Your Dreams

I was on the hunt, seeking amrit, the nectar of immortality. I had to cross a ri…

End of the World as We Know It: 3 Rituals for Solstice 2012

Well, folks, we’ve almost made it through 2012. The end is nigh. As someone with…

Your Body is Talking. Are You Listening?

Injuries often happen in the silliest ways. We are intelligent adults; we look b…

Are You a Stressaholic? Here's a Five-Minute Fix

Increasingly over the past couple of years, I’ve been having outbreaks of hives …

How to Create Your Own Personal Mythology

Every worldview, whether religious or cultural, is steeped in the structure of a…

Removing the Gu: The Trouble with Guru Worship

"see if they wet their pants"by KabirThe words Guru, Swami, Super Swami, Master,…

Waxing and Waning: Yoga for the Moon

Everyone, at some time or another, has felt a personal connection to the moon. M…

Past Lives and Concurrent Universes: Why Anything Is Possible

I recently took a workshop with a teacher named Gahl Sasson called “Past Life Re…

Idiot Compassion: Why Living Your Yoga Isn't Always Easy

This week, I saw something going on that I thought was wrong. Someone bigger tha…

Yogic Prescription of the Week: Read Some Good Fiction

I was sitting with a yoga teacher friend the other day, and he was having one of…

Yoga for Stick Figures: Every Body is Different

I am a yoga teacher, and I have scoliosis. I am not a straight-spined person.My …

The Yoga of Being Sick (Plus 6 Holistic Sick-Day Tips)

This week, I got sick. I’ve been feeling it coming on for weeks, and I finally w…

Bad Yogi! Bad! On Yoga and Forgiveness

I often say that yoga makes you better at absolutely everything, except remember…

Your Breath Is Your Super Power

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ve heard some reference to the breath at …

Why a Little Guilt Can Be Good For You

Guilt is a horrible feeling. When we are little kids, before our moral compass k…

Putting My Body in Your Hands: The Vulnerability of the Yoga Practice

Attending a yoga class is a fundamentally vulnerable thing to do.I think about m…

Goddess Matangi: Salty Old Lady, Teen Angst Heart

Soon, I’m turning 29. My birthday always sends me into an introspective tailspin…

The Yoga of Revolution

Yoga has been banned in several countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and wi…

Be Yourself: Leave People-Pleasing to the Bee Gees

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my work as an artist and…

Yoga in Your Pocket

Yoga is a good thing to have in your pocket.I’m writing this from the hotel rest…

The Art of Receiving

There’s an origin story that many yogis have: there was a first moment, a realiz…

The Yoga of Money

Yoga teachers are afraid of money.Well, not all of them. Some of them love money…

Synesthesia: A Practice for Translating Body Language

One of the reasons we practice yoga, in my opinion, is to become better translat…

On the Virtues of A Coffee Mug

I spent last week away from home, work, studio, email, and Facebook in the city …

The Science of Yoga

I went to take a friend of mine’s class a while ago, on a full moon. She talked …

Yogis Need Boundaries Too

Before I became a yoga teacher, I assumed all my teachers must have had it all f…

The Yoga Fight: Why Yoga & I Are "On a Break"

I have a confession to make. I haven’t been practicing yoga. But I HAVE bee…

Emotional Intelligence: A Practice for the Chakras

In last week’s post, I talked about the vital importance of emotional intelligen…

The Positivity Plague

We’re thinking about stress all wrong. “Pain is our absolute best teacher, becau…

The Yoga of Critical Thinking

I was talking recently with a fellow yoga teacher about a student who takes thre…

Ordinary Superpowers

I have a mantra. I say it to myself daily, in many situations, and it helps me i…

Composting for Your Life

It’s Spring 2012, and we just had a super full moon: The moon was closer to the …

The Delicate Art of Listening

“Close your eyes,” my yoga teacher says. “Don’t open them again for the next 90 …

Happy (Belated) Earth Day! I Got You Some Trash.

Earth Day 2012 was just a few weeks ago, and I’ve been thinking about what that …

Pitch, Pace, and Pause

As some of you already know, I am a spoken word poet, which means, generally spe…

Tao Te Ching and the Complexities of Going with the Flow

Lately, I’ve been reading the Tao Te Ching. It’s the seminal text of Taoist phil…

The Hidden Dangers of Sunshine and Flowers

As many of you already know, I am not what I would describe as a ‘sunshine and f…

Let’s do a Spring Cleanse! From someone who hates cleanses

Happy first days of Spring!It’s a celebratory season, and one that just can’t he…

Pratyahara: Withdrawing the Senses and Feeling Feelings

There’s a principle in Patanjali’s classical text on Yoga, the Yoga Sutras, call…

The True Key to Happiness: Peeing in the Pool

If you’ve ever wondered and searched with the greater population of the world fo…

The Season of Saraswati

Well, we’ve finally made it to March. Here in Vancouver, that means it’s still k…

Life Lessons from Yin Yoga, or, Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Yin yoga, in case you’ve never heard of it before, is a style of yoga in which y…

Testing your Hippie Boundary: Reincarnation

I was once at a workshop about managing grief through yoga practice. I remember …

Finding the Light in the Shadows: On Shri and Kali

It’s 2012: the end of the Mayan Calendar, the year of New Age spiritual transfor…

The Secrets of Your Core, or Why You Don't Need to Punch Your Yoga Teacher

The other day, my friend and yoga teacher Meghan Currie said to me about the cor…

How to Tone a Flabby Heart

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certai…

Enter the Goddess: Shiva Rea and the Divine Feminine

Shiva Rea, a yoga teacher/surfer who teaches flowing vinyasa on beautiful beache…

Teach Me, Teacher(s)!

Classically, the yoga practice (physical asana yoga as well as the meditation an…

Why You Should Resolve Not To Make Any New Year's Resolutions

The end of December: a season of long, dark nights, cold weather, and a bunch of…

Taking out the Trash: Goodbye 2011

As we pass the Solstice, the darkest night of the year, we are also entering int…

Open Your Heart to the Truth. NO, WAIT, SHUT THE WINDOW!

The truth will set you free! So they say. Lately I’ve been wondering—set …

In Praise of the Giggles

Have you ever had a giggle fit?I used to get them all the time when I was a kid—…

The Most Important Yogic Tool You Have: The Bullshit Detector

Yoga has this wonderful quality of opening our minds and bodies at the same time…

You are Nobody. Thank Goodness.

“I always wanted to be somebody. Now I realize I should have been more specific.…

Creative Flow: How Yoga Can Spark Your Creativity

If you didn’t know me as a person, and all you knew about me was that I was a yo…

Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair Out

If you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the…

How to Occupy Raging Bulls: The Way of the Tao

I’m going to tell you a story.One day, there was a raging bull in the middle of …

One More Reason to Wear Purple

Yesterday, I wore as much purple as I could muster. Even my eyeshadow was purple…

Why I Will Not Occupy Any Street

I was once in a workshop with celeb-yogi extraordinaire Sadie Nardini, and …

Me and My Guru

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Sanskrit word “guru.” Most of us know …

Happy Birthday, Rumi and Me

Today is my 28th birthday. Birthdays have always been kinda hard for me, all the…

Tensegrity: The Softness in Power

Okay, so we all know we need to work on this thing called the “core” we keep hea…

What is Love? Baby, Don't Hurt Me

You can’t think and feel at the same time. One of my yoga teachers, Nico Luce, …

The Many Possibilities of Joy in a Small Cup: Yoga, Life, and the Second Chakra

Lately, I’m really into joy.That probably makes me sound like a jerk. I don’t me…

Yoga, Transformation, Silence, and Why I'm Just Like Gandhi

When famous yogi and author Yogananda visits Gandhi in his memoir Autobiography …

How Yoga Got My Mom and Me Through the Worst Summer Ever

Summer. A time of fun in the sun, pretty clothes, romance, rainbows, and unicorn…

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