Stress

How's Your Stress Life? 5 Strategies to Feel Good Now

I'm no stranger to stress. In fact, we are intimately connected. I've experienced many of the life events listed on the Holmes-Rahe stress inventory list, quite a few in the past 8 months, to the point where Jeff and I joked that maybe we should get a divorce just to get it over with. (Not going to happen!)

With today’s modern lifestyle, we are all constantly on high alert, keeping the ‘fight or flight’ response in a constant state of discharge, while the ‘rest and digest’ response, rarely operates at its ideal level, leaving us with a constant state of tension in the physical, mental and emotional body. With the increase of the sympathetic dominance in the body, we have lost our ability to know how to relax. There's no time!

Can I be Honest with You?

When  I started on this yoga journey, I had no intention of teaching, nevermind running a yoga studio for over 12 years or facilitating and training over 500 other people to become yoga teachers.

I went to Kripalu Center in 1998 to learn more about myself, to improve my life and to hopefully get a glimpse of the happiness that seemed to elude me in my first 20-something years of life. 

Practice

Luke 9:23

Then he said to them all: "If anyone wants to be my disciple, you must deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow me."

This passage was shared this morning during service at First Lutheran Church as the visiting Pastor ended his sermon. It resonated very powerfully for me, so I wrote it down in order to contemplate it later. As I often do when I attend Church services, I internally translate from Christian to Yoga in order to gain an understanding. This ability to interpret these profound teachings has evolved over the years. Growing up Catholic, I struggled with certain words like 'sin' and 'devil,' and longed for the deeper meaning behind them. This is what drew me first to Buddhism and then to Yoga, for their ability to open my mind and my heart, and what now allows me to embrace the brilliance and simplicity of Christ's teachings.

Recipes

Southwestern Salad with Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing

I love salads. Especially hearty, full meal salads. This salad was inspired partly by the amazing flavor of fresh summer corn and the need to use up some items in the fridge! I used green onions as that was what I had, red onions would work equally well. My 6 yr old thought it was spicy (without the chipotle powder!), so next time a little honey in the dressing should work for her. Feel free to add some grilled chicken or salmon if you'd like more protein. Maybe a nice glass of Reisling or Pinot Noir to finish it off!