Heart-Centered Somatic Yoga & School for Somatic Soul Work

Which Yoga is Best for Anxiety and Depression? There are so many styles of yoga out there. As a student, this makes it hard to figure out which style of yoga to practice to support your mental health. And as a yoga teacher, you might wonder the same: what style of yoga should I teach to support students experiencing mental health challenges?

We all know that yoga reduces stress. But did you know that yoga has been proven to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression too? In fact, some studies suggest that yoga is just as efficient as medication in managing depression and anxiety. When searching for yoga poses for anxiety and depression you may have come across conflicting advice ...

Yoga as we know it has become about following a teacher’s instructions regardless of how it feels for you. Most people teach yoga as clearly defined asanas (yoga postures) and guiding students into that perfect alignment. Somatic movement encourages you to explore what you feel and use that to inform your movement. There is a big difference between trusting your own senses and forcing yourself into a particular shape ...

There's a lot we can learn from tradition AND there's a need for paving your own path. We need a more somatic approach to yoga today, especially for mental health.

Most people today practice yoga to increase their emotional well-being. For some people that means reducing stress, calming the mind, managing anxiety, getting unstuck, breaking unhealthy habits, dealing with depression, gaining self-insight, or simply feel more at peace and ease.

Our physical symptoms always reflect what's happening inside of us, on a deeper, and sometimes unconscious, level. And while that is true for all our physical symptoms, neck and shoulder tension are intimately tied to the topics I work with: stress, trauma, anxiety, and depression ...

Nature has a supportive and nourishing energy that helps us deal with our challenges and balances our energy and mind. I have many times turned to nature in times of sorrow as well as in times of the most immense joy ...

What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. What has worked for you doesn’t necessarily work for your students, clients, or patients. There are so many great therapies and practices out there, but some will work for you and others will work for other people ...

We all have the power to destroy each other. Especially the ones we love. If you’re the empathetic type who has difficulties setting boundaries, I’m sure you’ve suffered hurt and betrayal. The funny thing is how often we—in spite of suffering—cling on to what hurts us. “This person cheated on me BUT I WON’T LET HIM/HER GO.” We think it’s love, but the truth is, it’s lack of self-esteem ...

Being healthy is much more than the absence of disease. It includes a general feeling of well-being that results from knowing that we have the resources to meet life’s challenges ...

We often dismiss our emotions and those of others as unimportant, silly, or inconvenient. Most of the time this is because we don’t know what to do with them; we are unaware of what emotions are and why we feel them.

Changing the way we feel all starts with changing how we breathe. The breath and the mind are intimately connected. How we breathe expresses how we feel. We can see this in automatic mechanisms like ...