Breath as Mantra

     Few Americans yogis and spiritual seekers are lucky enough to enjoy the grace of a genuine guru. In some quarters of Western culture this Indian tradition is even viewed with suspicion because of the many reports of teachers who have abused their positions and...

Pose, Counter-pose:It Takes Equal Opposites to Stay Healthy

Last May during my yoga therapy training I hurt my back doing a move with which was unfamiliar. As soon as I came out of the posture pain and weakness spread throughout my lower back. UGH! With rest the general pain subsided in about a week. It was then I realized...

Yoga Speaks to Chronic Pain Part III

In my last post about understanding and relieving pain I left off talking about over-excited neurons (the messengers of the nervous system) and how they play a part in chronic pain. Most of our lives the sensors in what Neil Pearson calls our “danger neurons” have a...

Praise the Pomegranate

 One of the reasons I look forward to this time of year is pomegranates. Why they’re not more popular I don’t understand. They are fabulously gobulicious and a veritable super-food. Goji berries, please! I credit gorging on pomegranates with helping me stay healthy...

Yoga Speaks to Chronic Pain: Part ll

As I mentioned in my last post, physical therapist, Neal Pearson compares pain interpretation by the nervous system to vision and thirst. Understanding how the pain response works is critical to decreasing chronic pain. Though the brain has a very accurate map of our...