It is easy to get caught up in the wandering mind that cycles through fear, worry, memory, planning and a whole host of other emotions, perceptions, and thoughts. While the mind wants to take you on a wild ride each second of the day, a number of techniques taught in yoga and meditation can help you remain centered and focused on the present moment. These include focusing on the breath, noticing sensation in the body, and being aware without judgement as […]
During most winters, I live at the edge of resistance, fighting against the cold and doing my best to stay out of it but a walk to the Jersey City waterfront quickly nullifies any need to do battle. The sun glimmers off of the Hudson River and the crisp, cool air brings the New York city skyline into sharper focus. Breathing in the afternoon’s surrounding stillness, I let go and relax into what is. In that space between the breaths, between […]
When I close my eyes and settle into savasana at the end of a yoga class, the final relaxation pose, I am often flooded with scenes from future stories. In this state of total relaxation, creativity blossoms, characters manifest, and ideas multiply. To explore this state of creative inspiration with fellow writers, I am leading a series of Yoga & Writing classes for Jersey City Writers beginning on February 22, 2015 at Yoga in the Heights from 12:30 p.m. to […]
On New Year’s Eve, I lost my voice. Instead of bringing in the New Year with joyful shouts, I was forced to celebrate in silence. Practicing silence, however, was an invitation to connect to a deeper and more profound voice within. I began to notice and pay closer attention to whatever emotions or thoughts came up. I listened with non-judgmental awareness, which I’ve learned through the practice of yoga, in refraining from classifying a thought or emotion as negative or […]
When the winter sun arrives change is inevitable. I feel a profound shift, inside and out, from my heels to my hair. I get the winter blues, spend more time indoors, and crave ice cream and pizza, which I would love to be able to subsist on to get me through the winter. I constantly fight the urge to fall into a deep slumber and hibernate until March. Staying on track with everything—whether it is yoga, writing, or eating healthy—seems […]
You can always return to chasing the sunrise until you get back to your normal or figure out what a normal writing routine looks like for you. What matters is returning to the practice day after day.
This winter hasn’t left much desire for urban hikes between the freezing temperatures and icy winds, however, on a few evening strolls I marveled at the stillness that had settled over my little neighborhood. I thought I was stuck in the polar vortex, my mind filled with thoughts about how much I loathe the cold, the layers, and most of all, the lack of sun. Despite the internal grumbling, I couldn’t help but notice the trees. Majestic with their snow-laden […]