Yoga Nidra and the Yoga Sutras

As many of you know, Yoga Nidra is one of my greatest passions – and I spend most of my time teaching it as a stand-alone meditation practice. However, my background is one of yoga AND meditation. Despite the fact that I am ‘Meditation Chick,’ yoga and meditation are two sides of the same coin.…

Suck it Up & Sit Still

So…full disclosure, I am kind of a hard ass for a meditation teacher. What can I say…sometimes my South Jersey shows! In every class I teach, I begin with one particularly intense instruction that makes my students inevitably wriggle with discomfort. I tell my students to sit completely still for the whole practice, no matter…

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Is Your Yoga Nidra Teacher Trained?

Is Your Yoga Nidra Teacher Trained? Because of the systematic nature of this technique and its use as a healing modality for conditions ranging from addiction to PTSD, it is important to ensure your teacher has been formally trained to teach Yoga Nidra. Yoga Teacher Trainings do not prepare students to teach the practice –…

Yoga Nidra - A Therapeutic Meditation

Yoga Nidra – A Therapeutic Meditation

Yoga Nidra is a powerful remedy for insomnia. Personally, I used the practice for many years as a therapeutic meditation to help me manage the physical and mental challenges associated with long bouts of insomnia, and the anxiety that accompanied it. (Whaaaat? Meditation teachers aren’t always super chill? NOPE. How do you think we end…

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Invest in Rest: Nap Pods…or Sleep Class?

Studies have shown that a 20-30 minute nap increases alertness and productivity. A 30-60 minute nap increases memory and creativity, and improves decision making skills. The National Sleep Foundation recommends taking a daily nap of at least 20-30 minutes. The research on the catastrophic effect of employee burnout is all pretty clear, as is the…

A New Approach To Anxiety - Energetic Transformation

A New Approach To Anxiety

If you regularly suffer from severe anxiety, you probably refer to yourself as ‘having anxiety.’ Perhaps you even hold back from putting yourself in certain situations for fear that you might ‘get anxiety.’ Like it is a life-threatening disease, rather than a difficult emotion. You might find yourself saying to a friend, ‘I can’t drive…