Yoga and Heartbreak

How do you cope with heartbreak? It can feel so debilitating, so consuming and so painful. Everyone always says the same thing, that time heals all. But what do you do in the meantime? How do you wake up everyday and continue on with your life when it feels like its...

Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Santosha

  Santosh/Contentment Children want to touch, taste and experience everything they see. They don’t yet have an understanding of nutrition, patience, or the cost of material goods. If they see something with frosting and rainbow sprinkles on it, they want to eat it...

Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Saucha

Saucha/Cleanliness Saucha/Cleanliness is another interesting reflection when raising a child. I remember that when Jaya was little, the messes were big. There were times when I just couldn’t focus on anything I needed to do until I cleaned everything up. Our...

Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Aparigraha

Affirmations for Aparigraha/Non-grasping: At nine years old, Jaya decided she wanted to move her bedroom into the basement. This was a huge separation for me. For years and years, she would only fall asleep with me next to her. I felt like she had finally just started...

Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Bramhacharya

  Bramhacharya – Energy Moderation Anything that causes turbulence in the mind and stirs the emotions might be seen as a violation of brahmacharya: overstimulating foods, loud environments, violent movies, multiple-screen usage, etc. As I watch my child, I observe...

Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Asteya

  Asteya/Non-Stealing or Generosity: Acting With The Mentality Of Abundance   The effect of Satya/Truthfulness, the previous Yama I covered, was profound. My daughter is auditioning for the play Peter Pan. She recorded herself singing the audition song, and then ended...

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