Heartfelt Good Wishes in Practice

Heartfelt Good Wishes in Practice

Pain Care Yoga

Yin & Meditation

Heartfelt Good Wishes

This movement practice is supported by a form of meditation known as a Koan. Essentially a line of inquiry that you explore quietly. This type of meditation can lead to profound insight and transformation. Your movement will focus on the lower body with a progressive sequence of twists. This is a sweet and inquisitive practice that will leave you feeling calm and centered. 

Props Neeeded: Bolster and blanket

 

Yin & Somatics: Stress Support

Yin & Somatics: Stress Support

Yin Yoga for Chronic Stress

Yin & Somatics

Stress Support

Chronic stress is linked to many of the most pernicious chronic diseases that plague modern humans. Managing stress is of critical importance for health, memory, learning and quality of life. We can’t change the stressful times that we live in. But there are simple, evidence informed strategies that you can use to reduce your stress in the moment, and with practice, manage your responses to stressors in the long term. In this practice we actually explore three of these strategies.

I’ve also focused our movement on the areas in which most of us hold our stress; the shoulders, neck and adductors (inner thighs).

This practice is a go to in your stress management plan.

Props: a blanket, maybe two blocks

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

As I am Meant to Be

As I am Meant to Be

Self Compassion

Yin & Meditation

As I am meant to be

At the start of the new year. Most of us are looking forward and hoping to make some postive changes for the future. I offer this practice as a framework for moving forward with compassion. With kindness for where you have been and hope for where you are going. Evidence shows that we are actually more effective at meeting our goals when we start with self compassion. 

Props: Bolster, 2 blocks and a blanket.

Photo gallery credit: Thanks to my model Rachel H.

 

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

5 Reasons Why Yin Yoga is So Beneficial for Chronic Pain

5 Reasons Why Yin Yoga is So Beneficial for Chronic Pain

Yin Yoga for Chronic Pain

5 Reasons Why Yin Yoga is So Beneficial for Chronic Pain

Yin Yoga is so much more than stretching. For those with chronic pain, it has so much to offer, way beyond increasing flexibility. As a pain care coach, I provide practices, and techniques to my clients so that they may be the leader of their own healing process. Though I have many many strategies to choose from, when providing a customized plan, almost every client has Yin in their program. This video is a quick run down of the 5 Reasons Why Yin Yoga is So Beneficial for Chronic Pain and why it is a must for your pain care plan. 

Have a listen to see if these resonate with you, or if you might amplify these techniques in your own practice.

 

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Chair Yin for Travel Aches and Pains

Chair Yin for Travel Aches and Pains

Yoga for Chronic Pain

Chair Yin

For Travel Aches and Pains

Many of my clients experience a pain flare after travel. Pain is so complex and multifaceted, so there is never any one reason that it rears it’s ugly head. This practice is a quick and accessible practice that you can do just about anywhere in a chair. I’ve chosen the stretches we all crave when we’ve been sitting in a car or airplane as well as regulation practices to help you calm your nervous systems to get some perspective or even relief. Often, when pain is flaring in a travel situation, it’s because we have some anxiety and we aren’t moving very much. This practice addresses both issues.  

Props needed: a chair 🙂

 

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Yin& Meditation: Your Shoulder Without Agenda

Yin& Meditation: Your Shoulder Without Agenda

Yoga for Chronic Pain

Yin & Meditation

Your Shoulder without Agenda

This gentle but powerful practice explores a concept as well as the shoulder through movement and mindfulness. Your practice will be supported by a simple task, moving from a place of curiosity rather than agenda. You will have an opportunity to explore how your beliefs shape your impressions of your shoulder as well as your movments. This is a very deep and satisfying practice that may just transform how you experience your shoulder and even the world itself. 

Props needed: A blanket

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Yin & Meditation for Acceptance

Yin & Meditation for Acceptance

Yin Yoga for Chronic Pain

Yin & Meditation

for Acceptance

When most of us hear the word acceptance, we think of giving up or giving in. Our culture makes a virtue of resisting, fighting, wriggling out of difficult circumstances. But there is enormous value in the practice of accepting first. Acknowledging is the first step in self compassion. 

This pod-practice is about moving forward with compassion, rather than squashing our feelings or disappointment or grief. We will explore poses that focus on the shoulders, chest and upper back as we progress through a gentle meditation. Our meditation is loosely based on the Tonglen or Lions’ Roar practice from the Tibetan Buddhism.

Props needed: Soft block, thick blanket and maybe a bolster or pillow if your shoulders are a bit stiffer.

Thank you to my model Rachel for demonstrating these poses!

Yin Yoga for Chronic Pain

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Yin & Somatics: How to Stretch Your Neck

Yin & Somatics: How to Stretch Your Neck

Yoga for Neck Pain

Yin & Somatics

How to Stretch Your Neck

I’m sort of amazed, and appalled, about how much misinformation there is about neck pain. One really irksome myth is that if your neck is tight, some stretching will help bring relief and over time, this stretching will fix the tightness and the pain it is “causing”. Total horse$%I$. Sorry to all of those influencers who are peddling this myth. There are ways that we can use stretches as part of a pain care plan however, and this is what you will practice here. I’ve combined somatics, stretches some resistance and of course, breathing to facilitate a bit of relief in the short term. But I’ve also provided some education to help you understand how these strategies can help you over come this discomfort or pain in the long term. 

Props needed: A sturdy Yoga mat, a bolster or very firm and supportive pillow.

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Yin & Somatics for Gratitude

Yin & Somatics for Gratitude

Yoga for Chronic Pain

Yin & Somatics

for Gratitude

Gratitude is a practice just like any other. It requires effort, even when it’s challenging. But it’s worth it. People who commit to a more grateful existence experience better physical and mental health, more happiness and closer relationships. 

For this practice we will not look outside of self but deep within to the very building block of life, the cell. We will build a foundation of embodied gratitude FOR the body. This is a live practice event and is extended to provide plenty of time for you to marinade in the poses, the movements and the meditation. 

Props needed: Bolster, blocks, blanket and strap.

The information on this podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this podcast is for general information purposes only.NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS podcast.

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Yin & Somatics for Falling Asleep

Yin & Somatics for Falling Asleep

Yoga for Insomnia

Yin & Somatics

for Falling Asleep

No human can survive without the ability to engage with the world. Our nervous systems are beautifully evolved to help us to attend to our survival needs by interacting with not just the objects and situations of the natural world, but also, other nervous systems.

But the opposite is true as well. No human can survive without the ability to disengage from the world. Our nervous systems evolved platforms to help us to release what is outside of us so that we may fulfill an essential need, sleep. But so many of us, can’t disengage. We spin and spin and never seem to find that deep and restorative sleep that we need to be our best. 

This practice incorporates a simple breathing practice with somatic movements and Yin poses to support falling asleep. Disengage from out there to within for a restful night of slumber.

Props needed: You can do this practice in your bed! If you do you will just need a couple of bed pillows. If you are practicing on your mat, please have a block and a blanket nearby.

 

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Time to Breathe

Time to Breathe

Yin and Pranayama

Yin & Pranayama

Time to Breathe

Breathing is the simplest thing in the world. But it’s also incredibly powerful. Science is just recently tuning in to the capacity of the breath to heal mental illness, chronic pain, chronic stress and so much more. While there is no wrong way to breathe, there are certainly more strategic ways to breathe. This practice is a purposeful exploration of the breath in simple, restorative postures. You’ll be introduced to a strategy that primes you for deep learning and connection. 

Props needed: Bolster, blocks and blanket

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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Wall Yin: Releasing Grudges

Wall Yin: Releasing Grudges

Yoga for Knee Pain

Wall Yin

Releasing Grudges

All of us tend to hold little grudges against our bodies. Maybe you can’t do something as well as you used to, or pain casues you to opt out of things you really want to do. This is a wall practice which will focus on healthy and happy range of motion for the hips and knees. But we will also explore a simple meditation on the benevolent and loyal body. Perhaps we can release a few grudges we’ve been holding and replace them with something more affirming.

All you need for practice is a wall, though some might like to use a blanket, pillow or block.

The information on this podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this podcast is for general information purposes only.NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS podcast.

Yoga for Knee Pain
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If you are a longtime listener to this podcast, you are well familiar with pain care yoga. Everything I do is intended to support those who live with persisting pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have chronic pain worldwide. In the US though, that number is closer to 20-30%. Pain is a universal human experience that is vital to our survival. But enduring pain that steals your peace and your future is not normal. Ensuring that evidence informed, wholistic pain care is available to anyone who needs it is my mission. The podcast is a great resource for evidence informed pain care. But if you would like to enhance your understanding as a yoga practicioner, teacher or as someone who lives with chronic pain, or loves someone who does, I have a free resource for you. Introduction to Pain Care Yoga is a short video course that will formalize your understanding of Yoga for Pain Care and provide simple, accessable strategies for relief.

Rehabilitating the Body Image

Rehabilitating the Body Image

Yoga for Back Pain

 Yin & Somatics

Rehabilitating the Body Image

When people ask me for an elevator pitch about what I do, the quickest, most accurate answer that I can give, is that I rehabilitate body image. Most people believe that Pain Care Yoga is all about stretching. And yes, Yoga for pain care may include stretching, but it’s just one ingredient in a very complicated recipe. Each element is part of a process for building capacity and improving body image. This is a practice that includes all of the ways that I rehab body image; movement, stillness, awareness, and education. 

Our practice will focus on releasing the low back, hips and hamstrings. Some of the postures and propping strategies in the practice are a little different. So I have provided image gallery of the postures below.

Thank you to my friend Rachel for beautifully modeling these poses for us. 

Props Needed: Yoga bolster, 2 blocks and a blanket

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Podcast: Cherish Your Knees

Podcast: Cherish Your Knees

Yoga for Knee Pain

 Yin & Somatics

Cherish Your Hamstrings

During my wonderful 3 weeks in Croatia and Greece, I spent most of my time in areas where the sea meets the mountains. Indescribably beautiful, so many narrow streets and medieval villages to explore. But there is a particular feature of these locations, stairs. So many stairs, and hills. I watched countless people stand at the bottom of a daunting set of stairs to some magical scene with a mixture of fear and demoralization. They were concerned about their fitness level but, mostly their knees, and a predicted bout knee pain post stair climbing. I realized that the knees are more than just joints, they are truly the key to a full and robust experience of the world. When the knees aren’t okay, your life gets a little bit smaller. Rather than engaging with the world, you are forced to withdraw.

This experience was the inspiration for this class. I believe that we have many things wrong about the knees in our society. Rather than cherishing and revering our holy knees, we have fear. Rather than providing opportunities to build stronger and healthier knees, we protect.  So this practice is all about awareness. A confident, compassionate awareness that reinforces your love for your knees and your commitment to maintaining or restoring knee health. We will practice Yin poses with somatic movements and I will offer a dose of evidence based knee education. 

Props Needed: Yoga bolster, 2 blocks and a blanket

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Hamstrings Education

Hamstrings Education

Hamstrings Stretches

 Yin Yoga:

Hamstrings Education

We have a big problem with misinformation in the Yoga world. This problem seems most rampant around the hamstrings but is by no means exclusive to the hamstrings. The myth that stretching the hamstrings will “lengthen” the hamstrings and reduce the subjective experience of tightness has been going around for some time. For this 30 minute practice, we will practice a very traditional Yin practice focused on the hamstrings, EXCEPT, we won’t be stretching the bejesus out of your hamstrings. I’ll teach you a more sustainable approach that will ACTUALLY help you to increase range of motion and decrease sensitivity. Not only is it more effective, but it’s a whole lot more enjoyable. No Props Needed.

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For When You Are a Bit Too Hard On Yourself

For When You Are a Bit Too Hard On Yourself

Yoga for Back Pain

Yin & Meditation:

For when you are a bit too hard on yourself

This 30 minute practice is for you if you tend to get down on yourself, if you are a bit perfectionistic. I’ve borrowed from a meditation I got from the self compassion researcher, Kristen Neff. We will blend Yin Yoga poses with a breathing practice and simple meditation to establish warmth and affection. Our anatomical focus is the shoulders and chest.

Props Needed: A Yoga Block and a Blanket

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Podcast: Getting to Know Your Back: Part 4

Podcast: Getting to Know Your Back: Part 4

Yoga for Back Pain

Yin & Somatics:

Getting to Know Your Back: Part 4

For our final practice in this four part series, we will be working with the upper back, or thoracic region of the spine. For your exploration, I’ve borrowed a bit from a Feldenkrais Method® Lesson, the thoracic clock. If you are a movement geek like me, you will be blown away by the simple complexity of this somatic experience. Prepare to feel stuff you may not have felt in your back before. We will also be touching on one more important back related topic that can’t be ignored. The influence that society and societal norms has on our experience of our back. This is a really juicy practice and it is especially wonderful if you suffer from upper back pain.

This is the fourth episode in a short series “Getting to Know Your Back”. You are free to take the classes in any order.

Props Needed: Blanket and  two blocks

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Podcast: Getting to Know Your Back Part 3

Podcast: Getting to Know Your Back Part 3

Yoga for Back Pain

Yin & Somatics:

Getting to Know Your Back

This is the third class in our series, Getting to Know Your Back. You are welcome to explore these practices in any order. In this practice, we will explore another layer of the experience of the back, the Thoraco Lumbar Fascia. I am fascinated by fascia and have spent a great deal of time studying it. But the TLF is special. The fascia in the low back is unique as you will learn in this practice. Getting to know the TLF will I hope, engender feelings of friendliness even awe in you for this incredible layer of you and your back.

This is the third episode in a short series “Getting to Know Your Back”. You are free to take the classes in any order.

Props Needed: Blankets, bolster and block

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Podcast: Getting to Know Your Back Part 2

Podcast: Getting to Know Your Back Part 2

Yoga for Back Pain

Yin & Somatics:

Getting to Know Your Back

Many who have back pain believe that their spine is unstable. There is a distinct feeling of instability and vulnerability in the back that is reinforced by confusing or misleading messages coming from popular culture and even medical professionals. Current research shows however not that people with back pain are not unstable, but too stiff! In this short practice we will gently explore that stiffness and seek to restore subtilty and differentiation to the movements of the back, especially the spine and ribs.

This is the second episode in a short series “Getting to Know Your Back”. You are free to take the classes in any order.

Props Needed: Two blankets

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Podcast: Getting to Know Your Back

Podcast: Getting to Know Your Back

Yoga for Back Pain

Yin & Somatics:

Getting to Know Your Back

Most of us think of the back as a collection of tissues; North of the hips and behind the core, supported by the spine. We don’t think too much about it unless something goes wrong. Which, happens a lot. Most adults will experience non-specific back pain within their lifetime. That is to say, back pain which has not specific etiology that can be seen on scans. 

The back is an incredibly complicated structure anatomically, but even more so when you consider other parts of the experience like the the vascular system and the nervous system. But humans are not just walking talking tissues. We are embodied selves with thoughts, feelings, beliefs and predictions. These parts of our experience are EVERY BIT as important to our experience as the tissues themselves, maybe even MORE important. So this practice is all about getting to know your extraordinary, multi dimensional back. The development of awareness, differentiation and variability in movement in the back is our goal. All of these things are proven to reduce back pain and sensitivity.

Props Needed: Two blankets, a bolster and two blocks

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