Be Happy, Be Healthy

Be Happy, Be Healthy

May was Mental Health Month. In short, and as such, I highly recommend the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Exhibit on Mental Health. I sure enjoyed it…    

Things We Tell Ourselves, Worth Repeating.

Things We Tell Ourselves, Worth Repeating.

I’ve had some opportunities to get out of my “regularly scheduled life,” lately which has me thinking about stories. In yoga philosophy, there are stories that tell of archetypes having a particular experience, which we use as metaphors to understand our own experiences, relationships, and lives. In my other work-world of voice-over and music, there is a story and a mood to convey. And throughout our day, there is a story playing out in our head. This is the story that has the most direct and consistent impact on our lives, and believe it or not, our health.

Practice Project 3.0 ~ What Is It?

Practice Project 3.0 ~ What Is It?

A year and a half ago, after much thought about all the psychology reading I’d been doing, and in reflecting on my own habits, and those of my loved ones around me, I got to thinking an awful lot about the idea of practice. I developed a workshop series called the Practice Project, which is […]

New Goal? Might Feel Weird. Give It Some Time To Sink Into Your Body.

New Goal? Might Feel Weird. Give It Some Time To Sink Into Your Body.

NEW. What is new in your world? Or what would you like to be a new thing in your life? Maybe it has something to do with the new year. Maybe this newness is something you wanted, and maybe you got handed a life shitstorm and now you’re trying to deal. This whole concept of mind-body is often perceived as this nebulous and subtle thing that can’t possibly be that big of a deal, can it? But the more we understand the state of our bodies, and the more that we understand how much our physical “presence,” we’ll call it – the way we carry ourselves, and physically present ourselves – is affected by our emotional presence.

What Is In Your Heart?

What Is In Your Heart?

I hope you’ll join me for the annual solstice class on Thursday Dec. 21st 2017 (with the other YOGA Garden teachers!) and participate in a very special music and movement class on Monday, January 1st, 2018. We’ll explore some slow floor stretches to open up the body and breath, followed by a gentle yoga class, and ending with some group vocalization: Om’s, holding tones, simple harmony, and simple melody.  Both will be hosted at YOGA Garden Minneapolis – 1229 Tyler St. NE.

To Get In The Water, You Have to Trust It

To Get In The Water, You Have to Trust It

Tonight is the YOGA Garden Spring Equinox class! All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Minnesota. Here’s the schedule: Meditation – 6:00 – 6:20, $5 (lead by yours truly) All-Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 – 8:00, $15 (taught by all the YOGA Garden teachers)   With the Equinox, as the sun is half way between our […]

Healthcare Is A Basic Right

Healthcare Is A Basic Right

Dear readers! I usually leave my blog content to that of an informational nature. As in “here are some ideas for how to take care of yourself,” or “here are some interesting ways to think about how to apply the teachings, philosophy, and practice of yoga to your own life,” or “here is a silly video or idea to make you laugh, and help you realize that being a yogi is not about being perfect, its about being a ridiculous human (considering the human experience IS kind of ridiculous… and beautiful and challenging.)”

Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities

Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities

“We remind them of their capacity to create inner joy… and what we find is their illness gets better… most likely whatever the psychological or physical illness you’re suffering from will become less.” – Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities THIS IS THE SHIZ, FOLKS. Ok, I know I tend to get a little […]

2017: What Are You Practicing?

2017: What Are You Practicing?

In one of the top five experiences of my life happened while I was teaching contemporary music to middle and high-schoolers in Idaho. Victor Wooten, electric bass great (or wizard, as I like to call him) blessed us with his presence at the school for an all-school assembly / workshop. Later that evening he played […]

Snuggle Up To Shakti

Snuggle Up To Shakti

I’m teaching a class on New Year’s Day at my favorite Minneapolis yoga haven YOGA Garden. As I thought about what I would use for a theme, I wasn’t too excited about the regular old 108 salutations, or the popular Sankalpa (“inspired intention”). While those are great ways to inspire and start your new year […]