Lovingkindness Meditation: The Gift of Metta Bavhana

Who hasn’t come face-to-face with the overwhelming vicissitudes of life? Job pressures, relationship snarls, schedule overloads, high expectations–any number of life’s interwoven threads can raise stress levels. With elevated stress comes mental fog and a distracted state. Sometimes just thinking about a difficult situation is enough to raise anxiety levels. This gets us cogitating on all the negative possible outcomes. …

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

A blue kayak floats on a lake of crystalline water. White clouds drift lazily across a blue sky punctuated by the pinks and purples of early sunset. It’s not visible, but there’s a breeze, gentle and cooling. Also invisible is the fresh, piney scent of lush greenery that surrounds the lake. It was crisp and refreshing. I know because I’m in that kayak taking …

Yoga in 30 Seconds: Stress Reduction

Stress reduction is often cited as one of the big benefits of yoga and for good reason. Quality time on the mat is a great way to recognize and release stress-related chronic contraction, tightness, and muscular holding patterns. A breath-based asana practice can increase circulation, release tension, and calm the mind. But what if you are stuck at your desk …

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Cozy, Comfy, Safe, Happy

Years ago in November I was asked to add yoga to a large afterschool program already underway at a community center. Several hundred first through sixth graders were picked up on school days in yellow buses. They remained at the center until pickup time at 6 PM. After pausing for a snack, their time was organized into 45-minute sessions, much …

Can yoga free us from bad feelings?

Question from Sean M. in East Detroit, MI Hi Lynn, I’ve noticed lately that my negative thoughts/feelings never come independent of a physical experience. I always feel shaky, my chest gets tight, and it’s hard to breathe. Should we try to experience our (negative) emotions as physical experiences? Does yoga help you free yourself of them? Lynn answers: Hi Sean, …

On Making Memories and Fruitcakes

For some it’s The Night Before Christmas, others go with the Grinch or the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. When I want to get my holiday on, Truman Capote’s evocative short story, A Christmas Memory always delivers. Photo © Nik Kleinberg One of the most memorable moments comes when the narrator’s elder cousin heralds the season in her own unique way. Glancing out the …

Thank You Very Much: The Art of Reframing in Yoga

Have you heard of Sono, the revered Zen master and healer who is said to have lived some 150+ years ago? Legend has it that people traveled from far and wide, seeking this wise woman’s help in relieving their suffering. They would place at her feet issues of health, sorrow and grief, financial troubles, failed relationships, you name it. Her …