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The Radiance of Inner Light

We are light.  Within us is a light, very much like the Sun, that is unchanging and brilliant.  This is one of the fundamental teachings in yoga philosophy.  The darkness of the winter creates an inward movement of our attention that creates opportunities to experience our inner life and radiance. As we move into this […]

Yoga, Multiple Sclerosis & Neurological Conditions

By Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, CYT Yoga can be a helpful practice of self-care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions (such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Lyme’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease). Yoga practices such as gentle postures, seated breathing practices, hand movements, guided relaxation, sound, and meditation can […]

The Yoga of Heart: A Simple Practice

We all exist within our own unique expression of physical structure, physiology, mind, personality and heart. These layers of our being, also known as the koshas or sheaths or layers of being, provide a passageway into our deep center, the cave of our heart. This innermost layer of being informs and guides our attitudes and […]

Sweet Slumber: Yoga for Better Sleep

by Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, CYT When sleep escapes you and fatigue is your daytime companion, it’s time to evaluate what action you can take to improve sleep. Your yoga toolbox has many tools but you need to know which ones to apply to your situation. The roots of sleeplessness may be related to […]

Renew Again Every Day

Yoga is a daily renewal, a practice of stopping, slowing down, breathing and moving consciously, witnessing thoughts, and setting or renewing intentions. This daily renewal might be just 5 minutes of conscious breathing, 10 minutes of meditation, or a 20 minute yoga posture practice that helps you prepare for or unwind from your day. Whatever […]

Breathe Your Way to Vitality & Stress Reduction

By Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT-500, CYT I’m a skeptic.  I’m not into the latest diet craze, exercise routine, electronic device or trendy clothing designer.  I don’t own a purse that costs more than the monthly home mortgage.  But I am into science and I love what research continues to teach us about our experiences as […]

Yoga for EmBODIED Awareness: Conscious Eating, Active Living, Habit Change

Using Yoga for EmBODIED Awareness: Yoga for Conscious Eating, Active Living and Habit Change Can the tools of yoga help us change our habits?  Yoga is a powerful practice for transformation and change.  The tools of yoga can be applied in specific ways to help us strengthen will and change habits around food, exercise and […]

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Cultivating Contentment

Cultivating Contentment con·tent·ment noun\kən-ˈtent-mənt\ : the state of being happy and satisfied : the state of being content We all want happiness and contentment.  My teacher, Gary Kraftsow, says that santosha, the Sanskrit word for contentment, is “the way you take experience.”  It’s an internal state of mind and attitude that permeates your internal being, […]

Yoga for Upper Back Pain

Yoga for Upper Back Pain by Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, CYT The skeleton is an amazing chassis, the support structure for movement and a protector of our internal organs and glands.  Just like a car chassis, we may start out with our own unique skeletal attributes and over the years add wear and tear.  […]

Yoga for Gardening – Preparing the Soil

By Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500 The promise of delicious, sweet heirloom tomatoes, the delight of a rich palette of coneflowers, and the smell of baked squash…it’s within reach now that the days are longer, the nights milder and the temperatures are rising.  To the gardener, it’s a mixture of science, weather, prayers and hard […]