self-care, healing, & health at every age through yoga, meditation, and healthy living.

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Now Is The Time

Now Is The Time

Friends,  Now is the time to prioritize our health — physically, mentally, and emotionally. More than ever, we are understanding quite starkly that breath is Life.  Drawing attention to our breath in the present moment has immediate health benefits for our respiratory, circulatory, immune, digestive, and nervous systems.  Yoga — a moving meditation united with conscious breath — is a powerfully calming, stress-relieving tool — for self-care, immune protection, and healing. So no matter what age, body type, flexibility, or lack thereof — Let’s all take a daily time-out from the madness, a chance to come together to learn and practice coping skills and strengthen bodies, minds, and spirits in a safe, communal space. Join me online from your home, for gentle and relaxing breathing, stretch & meditation sessions, as well as invigorating, endorphin-enlivening workouts. (I prefer the term “work-ins”, as you’ll also be listening to what’s going on inside). 

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Afternoon Eco-Retreat at Ecotopia Hot Springs on 11/11

  On the afternoon of November 11, YogaRejuvenation teams up with Marin-based Forest Bathing Club  for a magical afternoon eco-retreat. We will soak in private hot springs, frolic through the forest, and enjoy soulful, centering yoga. Sojourn to peaceful Ojai, an hour and a half north of Los Angeles, and rejuvenate from the inside out, and the outside in. RSVP to reserve your spot! We’ve reserved beautiful Ecotopia Hot Springs for this experience, which will start with some treats (cannabis optional). You will then be guided through a transformational forest bath and juicy restorative yoga class, and set free to watch the sun set over the mountain range, and a blanket of stars come out overhead, while bathing in the piping hot springs (clothing optional).  Our intention is to create a safe, fun, and playful container for the power of nature to heal you, in the way only nature can. What’s forest

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Moving Through Injury

It’s very natural to run from pain. The human condition is to seek that which feels good, and repel that which feels bad. There is a common misconception in today’s commercialized Yoga climate that Yoga is supposed to take away all your pain. It’s true that Yoga alleviates the discomfort of stiffness, and so yes, on a certain level, it does take pain away, over time. But in the process of transformation, when you are moving beyond your comfort zone and into the edge of discomfort, there will inevitably be uncomfortable sensations. If we react to these uncomfortable thresholds with anxiety, hold our breath, force, resist, or push in order to get deeper into a posture, we will come up against pain. If we surrender via our breath and drop a bit further in, perhaps just a hair beyond our perceived boundary, we may be surprised to find we create

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Acknowledge Death, Cherish Life

Most of us live our busy lives forgetting the simple fact that at some point, we will die. We live in a constant state of denial, in which we have subconsciously and willfully pushed this reality out of our minds. We think we have all the time in the world. How would our relationship with life change, if we were to change our relationship with death? How do you picture your death? Somehow, we don’t really believe it’s going to happen. Not to me. But it will. We see ourselves ideally as having lived a long and fruitful life, many many years from now, serene and fulfilled, surrounded on our deathbed by loving family and friends holding our hand, as we slip peacefully away into the unknown world. But the truth is, none of us – no matter what our current age – knows exactly when our turn will come,

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Yoga: A life-long journey

No matter what age we are — we must resist the temptation to assume that we are fixed, static, and unchangeable. We are in fact in a constant state of flux; we are not the same from one moment to the next, let alone one hour, day, month, year, decade. We must not assume that when we hit a certain age, we are “who we are”, and that it’s “all downhill from here” — time to give up, get depressed about life, and stop growing. We grow and learn and thrive and evolve until the moment we die; and for all we know, continue to, afterwards. We must embrace the different forms that this change takes — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — and welcome the unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable feelings that may accompany this transformation. This is a big part of our yoga practice, as well as hopefully of our

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Strength, Steadiness, and Stability

This morning in class at Mission Ashtanga in San Francisco, I overheard Devorah say to a student, “Conserve your energy. Don’t do more than what is asked in the pose, because a lot is being asked of you.” It struck me as such a wise morsel of advice. We have more than enough to attend to within each posture without adding additional pressures on ourselves. The smart approach is to strip it down to the essence of what needs doing, keep it simple, move from the ground up, isolate the “work” as economically as possible. Certainly, there are things to do within each posture. We must focus on steady, fluid breath; drishti, or soft but unwavering focused gaze; bandhas, or pulling up through the “locks” of the internal core; pressing feet (or hands, whatever is contacting the floor) firmly into the ground, in order to charge limbs with energy; and

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