Bumble Bee Breath To Ease What Ails You

Bumble Bee Breath to Ease What Ails You

Inhale, MMMMMMMM. I practice bumble bee breath in tune with the army of leaf blowers who are clearing the common area where I live.  I woke up depressed and out of sorts because of a number of things going on in my life.  When the leaf blowers start too early their annoying high pitched hum makes things worse.  Then a funny thing happened… As I sipped my first cup of coffee, barely awake, I inhaled and started humming to the pitch of the leaf blowers.  Just like I teach in my I AM™ Yoga Nidra classes, the humming transports me away from my irritated thinking. For the past two months, I’ve been doing a daily Yoga Nidra practice.  This is the first time it showed up unannounced with my morning coffee.

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A Walk In The Woods

A Walk In the Woods

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

Above photo credit Erin Arvella –
Yoga at Sunset on the Summit above the Continental Divide #Feathered Pipe Ranch

I hear my father’s voice when I see the above quote by Henry David Thoreau. Somewhere in the background, I hear the bold sound track of The Pines of Rome. In the mid 1960s, my Dad took a sabbatical from teaching high school. He was awarded a John Hay Fellowship to study in a Masters program at Harvard. Our family of 5 ventured from home in a used Country Squire station wagon, filled with the belongings that would serve us for the year. On one very long day, we drove from our modest suburban Philadelphia home to Massachusetts to live in a 2 bedroom apartment in Cambridge.

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Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella

Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella

My news and Facebook feeds are full of stories about how Eastern inspired techniques like Meditation, Yoga and/or Tai Chi can ease life’s stresses.  While this is useful information, I can recall one point in my overscheduled life when I felt my stress level increase as I drove through rush hour traffic to get to my yoga class on time.  Alone in my car, with my hands gripping the steering wheel, cursing out wayward drivers,  I started to laugh at…

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Anticipation Or Procrastination

Anticipation or Procrastination

​For months the refrain of ANTICIPATION from the Carly Simon song released in November 1971 has been running through my mind.  That song and its lyrics were so apt for the soon to be high school graduate who had her mind set on exploring her life outside of her family and working in London for a year.  Yesterday,  I  googled the lyrics to see if the rest of the song had relevance to my life some 44 years later.  My…

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