Ayurveda for Summer

Summer is the season of Pitta. Pitta Dosha represents the elements of fire and water. The qualities are: hot, light, sharp, oily, pungent, penetrating, intense, acidic. Pitta controls digestion – it is the fire of metabolism (representing how we digest food) and the fire of the mind (how we digest information). It is the dosha […]

Your First Thai Massage

Is this your first Thai Yoga Massage? Here is a simple guide of what to expect during and after your session: Thai Yoga Massage is a meditative practice. Both the giver and receiver engage in a state of relaxed focused awareness. It is best performed without conversation. The need to express may come up and […]

Cultivating Compassion in Long Term Care

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama I came across the following article the other day and it really resonated with my experiences working in long term care. “What kind of person ignores the suffering of another?  What causes one witness to a tragedy […]

Loving Kindness Meditation

Metta Bhavana is a Buddhist meditation which cultivates benevolence toward oneself and others. It is a beautiful offering of loving kindness to the world. Begin by taking a comfortable seat. Allow your awareness to settle on your breath. Relax your shoulders, your mouth, your jaw. Soften your gaze and relax your eyes. Relax your head, […]

Contemplating Samadhi

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.41 Just as the naturally pure crystal assumes shapes and colors of objects placed near it, so the Yogi’s mind with its totally weakened modifications, becomes clear and balanced and attains the state devoid of differentiation between knower, knowable and knowledge. This culmination of meditation is Samadhi. Siva Sutra Svacchanda Tantra Bondage […]

Union

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical illusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our […]

Parenting 101

On parenting teenagers and an infant at the same time.  Now I Know -it’s basically the same ? Infants: Teething, sleepless nights, colic, whatever…This too will pass. Way too quickly.  Help them be friends with their crib. Create sleepy time rituals. A warm bath, an oil massage, lavender puppies and story time.  Sleep pillows. Oh […]