Belly Health in the New Year

“Nag, nag, nag…” My students sometimes toss this out in class when they’re trying to tease me about my repeated attention to detail.  But secretly they love it!  Right? Anyway, here are a couple of things that I talk about very often as they are soooo easy to incorporate into everyday life for the overall … Continue reading …

Speaking of the “Softer Side”

In my last post I wrote about the joy of engaging with the softer side of abdominal care, the joyful side of it. And I was reflecting that this is something that yoga helps us to do so beautifully. Yoga is so intimately connected into our abdomens, not just through the physical poses that I … Continue reading …

Abdominal Surgery

Heading into surgery of any kind can be daunting.  Here is the basic idea for how to create a plan for yourself so that you make it through the before, during, and after with less overwhelm and anxiety and a greater sense of support within yourself and from others. GUIDELINES (Be sure to read “The … Continue reading …

The Psychology of Yoga

I think most people don’t realize just how psychological of a practice yoga is.  And I don’t mean examining your fear of going upside down for handstand, or finding out what emotion is blocking your twists. I mean, in order to really practice yoga we always have to be examining and working with ourselves – … Continue reading …

What is Practice? It’s the Act of Learning.

People think that when they come to yoga class, or when they’re on my table, or when they’re doing the belly self-care videos, they should “get it” right away.  They get frustrated when they don’t.  And understandably so. Most people like to feel that they understand that whatever they’re doing, that they’re doing it well. … Continue reading …

“Natural” Treatment for Abdominal Adhesions

For some reason this always cracks me up (and not always in the funny way, sometimes it’s in the Lady Macbeth wrenching of the hands way).  I think I’ve just been working with adhesions for so long it’s hard for me to understand the idea of using drugs or surgery to break up what is … Continue reading …

Yoga and Abdominal Adhesions #2

Using the breath to move the abdomen was the topic of last week’s Abdominal Adhesion Newsletter, so it seems fitting this week to give you a second edition of your favorite post!  (Yoga and Abdominal Adhesions is by FAR the most popular post on my blog.) As always, try not to go nuts right away … Continue reading …