Breathing Space – March

By Susan Whitaker “What brings us grace is not always pleasant, though it seems always to take us to something essential in ourselves.” Stephen Levine I spent the whole day working in the yard, being in a state of relaxation. I was really happy because there were no demands on my time and no goals […]

Feb Breathing Space

By Susan Whitaker “The power of yoga is the ability to stand up when we don’t think we can, to move through what feels insurmountable, and to transcend difficulties with breath and acceptance.” ~Cora Wen Please join me today in this guided meditation, to bring you peace and soothe your heart:

Insight Meditation

Insight meditation, or Vipassana, is perhaps the Buddha’s most important teaching in self-liberation. It is the practice of mindfulness – cultivating a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness of all experiences in life. While most forms of meditation reduce stress and bring calmness and clarity of mind, Insight meditation also extends our deeper awareness to all […]

Breathing Space

By Susan Whitaker “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”B.K.S. Iyengar I got a call from my mother from the emergency room. It was the morning of a day I had planned to go Christmas shopping, but I dropped everything and zoomed over to see her. […]

Breathing Space

By Susan Whitaker We have entered the quiet time of year. All around us, nature is slowing down, the rains are arriving, and the long evenings call us to rest. However, the world of commerce tells us that it’s time to shop, buy, bake, and run frantically to decorate for the holidays. It’s more important […]

Yoga Within – Seated Circles & Heart Breath

By Susan Whitaker One of the best things about yoga is how practical it is. If you’re tired, it can help refresh you through deeper oxygenation and simple movements of the spine. This also helps to improve your sleep. If you’re anxious, it can calm you down through strong or repetitive motions and deep breathing. […]

Yoga Within – October

By Susan Whitaker There is always help when you need it: it’s knowing who to ask and how to ask that’s tricky. At the Healing Journeys conference in September, the audience was filled with open-hearted people who were willing to help others and themselves. From the moment I walked in and was greeted with wide-open […]

Yoga Within – Sept

By Susan Whitaker “The real meaning of yoga is to discover our real condition, no matter what it is.” This is a comment from a recent conference that I attended on Yoga, Massage, and Acupuncture at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. It was incredibly rich and inspiring, based on ongoing scientific studies about how […]

Lessons From a Swim with Dolphins

I’ve just returned from Hawaii where I received the precious gift of swimming with some spinner dolphins. I always heard that dolphins are intuitive and that they allow you to be near them on their own terms. When I swam out to them, these wise, wild creatures were kind enough to let me hang out […]

The Beauty and Simplicity of Gentle Yoga

Imagine waking up in the morning to a sense of relaxed presence. You notice your breath flowing in and out. As you open your eyes, you take a luxurious stretch with your arms, legs, and back, then let go and rest awhile. No hurry, no worries, no goals for the moment. All of your fears […]