Kapalabhati Breathing For Beginners

Kapalabhati breathing, called the Skull Polishing Breath, is an invigorating breathing technique. This active breathing technique is used to bring awareness to the abdomen and to invigorate energy in the body. Think of it as a double shot espresso in the realm of breath techniques.   Some of the effects of this breathing are: Cleans…

Ujjayi Breathing for Beginners

Ujjayi, or Ocean Sound breathing is a foundational breath in yoga. In my experience this breathing technique can be used on its own or in combination with other breathing techniques. Ujjayi breathing has a calming, centering effect on the mind, body and emotions.   Benefits of Ujjayi breathing: Calms the mind Complete exchange of air…

Dhirgha Breathing for Beginners

Dhirgha breath is a foundational breath in yoga. Called the 3 part breath, full yogic breath, three dimensional breath or complete breath among others I’m sure. I prefer to call it the three part breath because it’s generally led by describing three distinct areas of the body being filled.   The power of this breathing…

Non-Judgmental Compassion or Avoidance?

I’ve written a few times about the importance of being kind to ourselves, the use of a non-judgmental compassion. After all, each day is different and some days are just, well, good days to crawl back into bed and hide under the covers.   I’ve been asked how I know when I cross the line…

How to Avoid Mindfulness Overload

There is a lot of information about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for kids, adults, teens and everyone else. I believe meditation is an amazing tool. I also believe mindfulness is an amazing way to experience life. However….   I probably have better than 100 different articles on mindfulness and meditation. And these are…

How to Do Nothing and Feel Good About It

We live in an uber-connected, always on, instant gratification world. With Instagram, Snapchat, smartphones and all the other services and methods out there, finding a little me time is getting more and more difficult. My down time, when I get to unplug is important to me. I’m an introvert. I’m not shy, but I do…

Why Intentions Matter

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I’ve heard it and even used it a few times. At one point in my life I believed it. These days, I place a lot of value on intent and intentions because I truly believe that those things matter as much if not more than the…