this foundation : it crumbles

a foundation was built beneath her

strong and steady

reliable and safe

and then she saw that the foundation

which held her up was not her own

and she desired to fly away

to see if she could create

a foundation of her own

but she found it wasn’t an easy flight

for the other foundation first must crumble

beneath her feet

suddenly she finds herself floating

lost without the ground she’s known for so long

watching the pillars fall

tears streaming their way down the walls

of a broken heart

a spirit crushed by the weight of her requests

a man changed by her inability

to speak her truth

all he wanted was a fuck yes

and all she could give him was

i don’t know

maybe

and not yet

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photo by Jackie Dragon

Deep Healing Yoga

A few photos from a Deep Healing Yoga class with Bhava Ram and special guest Jim Beckwith.

At Ginseng Yoga Studio in San Diego.

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Yoga for PTSD

Deep Yoga Ginseng

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] is a common problem in the United States. It is an anxiety disorder in which the person suffering becomes stuck in “fight-or-flight” mode which is our body’s natural response to dangerous situations. PTSD is caused by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event such as military combat, natural disasters, rape, and abuse.

For someone suffering from PTSD the “fight-or-flight” response is changed or damaged which means that the body reacts as if it is in a dangerous situation when it is not. This can show up in a number of ways including nightmares, re-living traumatic events over and over [flashbacks], trouble sleeping, outbursts of anger or anxiety, and turning to substances, such as alcohol, as a way to numb oneself.

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What is Yoga Nidra and why is it so important?

If you’ve ever taken a Yoga class, you are probably familiar with Savasana. This is usually the final pose of the practice and, though it may not seem like it, also the most important. But why?

Savasana is important because you are giving your body the opportunity to completely relax and to integrate the practice, the physical postures, that you have just done. For many of us this alone is enough reason to practice Yoga. More than gaining flexibility and strength, most of us just need to relax for a few minutes each day.

And yet, for many Savasana is not enjoyable or relaxing at all. Why? Because as soon as we allow our body to

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Warriors for Healing at Yoga Journal LIVE!

The Warriors for Healing event at Yoga Journal LIVE! in San Diego was a great success!

More about Warriors for Healing..

I’m excited to be joining my inspirational teacher, Bhava Ram, in creating a movement that will offer FREE yoga and healing services to veterans suffering from PTSD. Warriors for Healing is raising funds to kickstart the foundation. Please join me! Go here to make a donation.

Proceeds raised by your efforts go directly to support programs produced by Give Back Yoga Foundation and Connected Warriors, both national foundations providing Yoga science and other healing services to our veterans and those suffering from PTSD. Your donations will also help Warriors for Healing grow this movement of selfless service, expand aweareness of the healing powers of yoga to a broader audience, and to hold more special fundraising events nationwide.

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