1 way to improve your meditation

Years ago, I completed my level 4 Spring Forest Qigong certification. I had fallen in love with this beautiful practice by Master Chunyi Lin. Each year, around Chinese new year, Master Lin gives the energy forecast for the year. He talks about which parts of the world will have a strong economy and which parts … Continue reading 1 way to improve your meditation

Vanilla bean-infused balm: A delicious DIY

This is one of several signature self-care recipes that I published in Nourish: Ayurveda-inspired 21-day Detox. Infusing the whole vanilla bean gives this balm a natural, full aroma with the benefits of the bean imparted in the oil. Step 1. Start by infusing your oil of choice with vanilla beans. Split the bean and scrape … Continue reading Vanilla bean-infused balm: A delicious DIY

A Vessel for Joy

I sat on my front step in morning meditation, a practice I'd observed for nearly 10 years. "I am joy." I ran the affirmation through my brain as a mantra. My shoulders shirked it off. Nope. Not joy. I had no idea what joy felt like. I certainly couldn't conjure it. Happiness I knew, but … Continue reading A Vessel for Joy

Meditation Mumble

My daughter sat down next to me as I was completing my morning meditation. "And may all beings benefit," I said with a bow. "Mom," she said, "what are Mayo Beings?" "What?" I asked. "You said Mayo Beings." Ah, yes," I replied. "I was saying a prayer for the tiny people who live inside the … Continue reading Meditation Mumble

How to Write a Book

Sometimes, a story takes you by the hand and leads you onto the dance floor. It reveals itself to you as you move together. And sometimes a book requires a more structured approach. When you have a plan, you know where you're going, and suddenly writing your book feels a lot less intimidating. My editor, … Continue reading How to Write a Book

Fear of the Dark

Revisions continue on the upcoming book, The Yoga of Boiling Eggs. I went back and forth on whether to keep this piece in the manuscript. In the end, I removed it. It lives here now. As an adult, sleep came easy, but night-waking was never welcome. My head would swim in those darkened hours. Even … Continue reading Fear of the Dark

The secrets of life

I am in intense and joyful final revisions of my yoga manuscript. It's a 'kill your darlings' kind of process. What is self-indulgence and what moves the story forward? I'm choosing to omit this piece. But I can happily post it here and give it a life of its own. My favourite author as a … Continue reading The secrets of life

Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice

This new year, dream your dreams, make your plans, then commit to a 40-day (or more) practice and achieve your goals.The 40-day practice is a long spiritual tradition aimed towards creating powerful change and new habits. Yoga practitioners have used this practice to bring about change and transformation, creating 40-day, 120-day and 1000-day practices. Put … Continue reading Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice

Healing Happens Everywhere

One of the many benefits I enjoyed from my yoga practice was the ability to move energy: to shift emotions. Often during my time on my mat, repressed feelings would arise and accompany me in my practice. Anger would release, tears would fall and anxiety would escape. January will be 3 years since I've practiced … Continue reading Healing Happens Everywhere