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Entries tagged with “Practice”

15 Ways to Deepen Your Practice

1. Teach your practice to a novice who is hungry to learn.2. Practice in secret.  There is a temptation to get “credit” for our practice, from friends or a teacher. Find …

20 Calming or Invigorating Mini Meditations You Can Practice Every Day

Inspiration for practicing kindness and breathing in the beauty of daily moments and the miracles that are our lives.

3 Sense Practices to Calm Anxiety

Our senses offer an immediate doorway to the present moment, and there are potent added benefits to these three sensory experiences. Try one the next time your stress and anxiety m…

4 Dimensions of Peacemaking

Whether it’s Israel/Palestine or Red vs. Blue, understanding why “I would be fighting me, too!” is only the second step toward lasting peace.

5 Questions for Seane Corn

Acclaimed yoga teacher and activist shares her strategy for staying connected to her practice.

5 Reasons You’re Not Sleeping

If you are struggling to get a good night’s rest, you may want to address these common sleep disruptors.

7 Steps to Embracing Your Full Story

This may be the least expensive way to solve our health care crisis.

7 Stories to Find Your Center

At the beginning of this year, we offered a 10 Day "Find Your Center" challenge. The overwhelming response reminded us here at S&H to take a moment and do simple things like br…

Being in the Presence of Change

Twice last week I bumped into friends while in the midst of busy days. These are women who I adore, but haven’t seen in much too long, each of us consumed with the busy-ness of our…

Chinnamasta: The Self-Beheading Goddess

Chinnamasta shows us the simple, playful, and fierce truth that much of what we need is already right inside our own hearts.

Clean Your House and Your Mind Will Follow

The equinox has come and gone, and I find myself thinking about spring cleaning. You’ve likely seen the emerging body of research espousing the psycho-emotional value of keeping a …

Collaborative Painting or Drawing

In this episode, Flora Bowley shows how collaboration can bring together creativity and connection.

Do No Harm to Those You Love

In my work, I have witnessed many beautiful words of consolation and comfort gone awry.

Embrace Silence

An excerpt from Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD

Feeling Stuck? Try a Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki, Zen monkMany years ago, as a yoga student, I envisioned how wonderful i…

Focusing on What Matters, Moment By Moment

We in the modern West assume that the normal mind is a healthy one. But a "healthy mind" is still subject to many types of distress, including depression, anxiety, frustration, res…

How to Become a Stalker of Your Own Mind

If we are relentless and impeccable about stalking ourselves, a result is that we leave the world and other people alone.

Is Yoga Practical?

As a yoga teacher, over the years I've had many people ask me whether yoga is the real deal: Does it really help, or is it just another fad? Do you have to be an acrobat to feel go…

Listening in the Labyrinth

Walking a labyrinth can allow entry to the unknown if we are willing to listen.

My Practice: Picturing the Moment

Learn how this artist starts her day with camera in hand.

Playing with Wonder Questions

I play with “wonder questions” all the time. I use them in coaching sessions and with my Sweetheart. I use them not to shift what I am thinking about, but how I am thinking ab…

Practicing Self-Care During Stressful Times

When stress strikes, self-care often takes a backseat. “The ability to care for oneself is predicated on the ability to consistently go inward and listen to what is there with open…

Rewire Your Brain: Practice Happiness

In the wake of New Year’s Resolution season, some of us are taking a good hard look at what’s blocking our paths to happiness and health. There’s plenty: the world is full of distr…

Riding the Wave of Emotions

Building a practice of being with your emotions.

Sit Up Straight: How to Deepen Your Meditation with Better Posture

If you’ve been meditating for some time now, but haven’t been able to deepen your practice, it may be time to check your posture.

Stressed Out? Lean into It

Stress has become a bad word in our culture. It causes illness and contributes to chronic pain. And we have too much of it. So we practice yoga: we meditate, do savasana, get relax…

The Happiness Track: Naming Your Hauntings

Quite simply, the hauntings of our mind stand between us and everything else.

The Secret to Radically Transforming Your Practice & Life

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, celebrating my 7th birthday and coming into the age of reason during the summer of the Detroit riots. There was this unspoken fear and concern …

The Self-Denial Diary

This exercise illuminates our motivations, good and ill, which might help us avoid self-destructive extremes.

The Ultimate De-Stressing Daily Routine

Put this anti-stress routine on your to-do list for a more zen approach to daily life.

The Yoga of Critical Thinking

I was talking recently with a fellow yoga teacher about a student who takes three to four classes every day. He was a little worried about the effect that might be having on her bo…

Transform Your Life One Morning at a Time

Julia Cameron’s classic practice is much more powerful if you choose the right God.

Walk Like a Yogi: How to Live Your Yoga Practice Off the Mat

As many die hard yogis can attest, committing to a consistent yoga asana (Sanskrit for pose) practice can lead to more flexibility, strength, balance and overall serenity.However, …

When We Enter Silence: Shanti, Shalom, Salaam, Peace

By Kevin O’Brien When you walk into the chapel at Christ’s Peace House of Prayer in Easton, Kansas, you remove your shoes as you step on holy ground. In its glory, religious symbo…

Why You Don't Need to Be Fit to Be Good at Yoga

Does having a physically fit, flexible body mean that a yoga student is better at the practice than someone who is not as flexible or in shape? On the surface, our Western mind see…

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