Semperviva Blog

Freedom From Food

In a first session of working with someone around food, eating and weight loss, it is not uncommon for me to hear: I just need a diet I can stick to; Give me a meal plan I can follow; Tell me what to eat and I will eat it.  When I hear this, I try to get a sense for what is deeper. Why are they looking to me for help? What is below the surface? What do they truly long for? Often I sense: “Help me, I don’t trust myself or my body” or “I am disconnected from the true …

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Feeding the Heart of the Matter

How do we nurture our own hearts when there’s so much to do? If you’re like me, you have a busy life. Making time for personal growth can be difficult and can feel like a luxury. I think it’s useful to imitate the …

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3 Terrible Mistakes I’ve made While Practicing Yoga

1. Attributing a great experience to the teacher.   Yoga is an ancient science that is designed to connect me to Love, Unity and Myself. Of course, there are teachers who have just the right encouragement I need or a deep connection with themselves that can help me find an easier path to yoga. But ultimately, the …

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3 Best Ways to Keep Your New Years Resolution

Have you fallen off the resolution bandwagon? A lot of studies show that we give up our new years resolutions before the end of January.  Here are my top 3 tips for sticking to your resolutions:  1. You need support for a lasting change. Isolating yourself makes real …

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Top 10 Best Online Yoga Resources of 2014

You may disagree but here it is my list of the top 10 online yoga resources of 2014: My Yoga on Gaiam TV – This is number one on the list because of the variety and quality of teachers and styles offered. This site offers all …

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Gratitude

Not another blog about gratitude. The word gratitude gets played, like Christmas songs in December. It feels like it’s lost its true meaning.  Recently, the gratitude practice has been accused as a means of escaping our true, unhappy feelings.  So what do we do? …

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Yoga Teacher Training for Personal Development

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How the Yamas Relate to Me

The 5 Yamas are ethical codes and are considered the first of 8 limbs of yoga. (Asana is the 3rd limb). They are: 1. Ahimsa means Non-violence. It is being kind to others and myself in thought, words and actions. …

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Taking the Leap

Yoga Teacher Training is a big decision. A HUGE decision. Some folks take their time, planning carefully for months (sometimes years), waiting for the “right time” to come, when things will line up perfectly so that they can truly immerse …

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Ayurvedic Tips for the Fall

Fall is Vata season. Vata is one of 3 doshas or attributes in Ayurveda that influence your lifestyle. Ayurveda is ancient knowledge from India that helps to balance your health through understanding your dosha or your dominant constitution.   What’s a …

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3 ways the “beginner’s mind” improves practice

Originally from the Zen Buddhists, the concept of “beginner’s mind” refers to an empty mind, free from past experiences. Physically, this means that I am not bound by developing the “deepest” expression of an asana. Psychologically, it means I’ll give …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Endings and Beginnings

I just went back and re-read all my ‘reel’ world blogs and I have to say I’m disappointed. So, to you dear reader, (because there may very well be only one of you), I extend a heartfelt apology. I’ve no …

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When You Lift Others Up

What do Mother Teresa and Caroline Myss have in common with my everyday life? Mother Teresa said: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” It takes very little effort to compliment and …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Self-Confidence

I often find myself marveling at the self-confidence displayed in the film industry. Perhaps that’s too diplomatic a way of describing it; perhaps it would be more appropriate to use words like bravado, audacity, and boldness. However these attitudes can …

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How to Change Unhealthy Eating Habits

The desire and intention to change eating habits usually starts on a positive note. We are motivated, enthusiastic and ready for change. We know we want to feel and look different and we have some kind of a plan on …

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Open Your Heart

“L’Amour est la plus universelle, la plus formidable et la plus mystérieuse des énergies cosmiques.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (Love is the most universal, the greatest and the most mysterious energy of the cosmos.) Have you ever been to …

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Happy Hormones

Hormones are vital to our health, energy and youthful vitality.  As we age there are natural changes in the release of hormones and in the body’s ability to metabolize them.  The decline in estrogen at menopause is often what comes to mind when people think about …

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Mula Bandha

What’s Mula Bandha? Why is it important for your health and yoga practice? I never considered that I would need pelvic floor strengthening. I’m young and healthy so I was very surprised to see results right away after learning exactly …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Perceptions and Preconceptions

I had a flash of insight this week about perceptions. It occurred to me that whether we work in the movie industry or not, we are all in the business of perceiving and being perceived. In the ‘reel’ world the …

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From Dieting to Feeling

Go to a bookstore, check out the section on “Nutrition, Diets & Weight Loss”, and tell me you are not overwhelmed. Not only does every book promise results, many of them seem to contradict each other or even offer suggestions that fight the internal needs of …

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