How to Begin Caring for Trauma

How to Begin Caring for Trauma

How do you help someone who's in the middle of trauma?  This is a complicated question with a simple beginning. When you're in a caregiver role, remember to care for yourself.   Everything you can do for someone else will come from what you're doing also for you.   And a second simple answer is, there's a good chance you already know the answer. Or at least, you know how to be there for your friend. It might be mostly by listening. It might be very little by solving anything. Of course you have an approach for trauma that exists in the healing…
Cure Chronic Pain, Strengthen Immunity, and Shut the Door on Fibromyalgia

Cure Chronic Pain, Strengthen Immunity, and Shut the Door on Fibromyalgia

Do you know anyone with fibromyalgia? Or maybe just someone who feels tired a lot, has chronic pain, sleep problems, or gets sick pretty often? Yoga can help but the cure might not be a pose prescription. Our lives and our bodies tend to be more complex, and often need something more holistic. What helps here - for pain, energy, sleep, and immunity - is less in what poses you do, and more in moving your body. As a general guide: move easy, everything you've got, in every direction you can.   Don't worry about poses, correct ways of doing things,…
Hamstring and Whole Body Care

Hamstring and Whole Body Care

There's a simple principle to follow that works equally for healing, and for working at the level of our greatest potential.   If somethings hurts, don't do it.   There's always a way to do what you need to do in your body, without pain, feeling good every step along the way. And the good thing is, it works out that this is the best way for us to do whatever we need to do. Also, please check with your doctor. It's difficult for me to diagnose or make recommendations from an arm chair, without seeing you. And it's always…
Energy, Alignment, and Going Your Own Way

Energy, Alignment, and Going Your Own Way

Always move in agreement with yourself. Conflict and aggression inside creates conflict and aggression outside. Peace creates peace.   When there is no more place for internal bullies, there is no more place for external bullies.   The topic of alignment is an interesting one. In East Asian movement and healing systems, connection to your nature is central. So you learn to move your whole self with ease, grace, and coordination. Energy is unblocked, moving freely. Every part of you works happily and efficiently with every other part. Learning to move naturally is how you form a positive connection first…
Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane

Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane

It's not your goals that are so hard. It's how you're moving right now that's hard. We don't get to say "Just give me my perfect life for a day so I can practice it, and Then I'll be able to really get it!"   We get where we want to go by being good at where we are. This means something interesting for your yoga, your tai chi, your life practices. It's not poses you should be practicing, it's movement.   So line up your goals, this is good. It could be in your relationships or your work, your health…
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