West Stockbridge, MA 01266

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© 2019 by Michelle Dalbec

 

Articles

Finding Your True Self at Summer Camp

July 07, 2019

At age 12, at YMCA summer camp, I made a lanyard keychain by knotting orange and turquoise plastic threads into a boxy cord. (If you went to summer camp in the ‘80s, you probably remember making one, too.) That July, I was obsessed with Prince, the Go-Go’s, and ...

The Yoga of Knitting: Peace in Every Stitch

November 01, 2019

It has been a busy—bordering on hectic—day: teaching multiple yoga classes, sitting in meetings, answering emails, running errands, and doing household chores. Feeling worn and a bit frazzled, I sit down and pick up my knitting. I begin to knit and, with every stitch, I feel my body relax, my breath become even, and my heartbeat slow down. ...

Five Reasons We All Need To Play More

July 24, 2018

When was the last time you did something purely for the fun of it—not because you thought you should, or because it was good for you, or because someone else wanted you to? If it’s been a while, maybe it’s time to tune into your childlike spirit and bring play back into your life.

Seven Ways to Make Doing Your Taxes Less Painful and More Mindful

March 01, 2018

Unless you’re one of the five percent of Americans who like or even love doing their taxes—or you’re expecting a nice refund—chances are you’re still procrastinating. But what if you turned your tax refund (or any other challenging task you're putting off) into a reminder to focus on your strengths, reassess your values, and get centered? ...

What Happened When the Stereo Broke: Practicing Silent Yoga in a Noisy World

When I practice yoga to music, it helps create a fluidity of movement that, like a wave, carries away my to-do lists, rankling conversations, even fatigue or dismay. As a yoga teacher, I can get lost in building playlists that provide that uplifting, peaceful, or contemplative backdrop for my students. I’ve relied on music for years to take them out of their heads, help them move more freely, and lift the overall experience.

Stillness and Strength: Preparing the Body for Medtiation

June 08, 2017

Meditation is ­­­­an accessible practice with numerous benefits, including quieting the body, calming the breath, and soothing the mind. For many people, however, quieting the body can be a major challenge—tight hips, cranky shoulders, and rounded backs can get in the way on the path toward cultivating equanimity. ....

Taking the Mystery of out Yoga Practice

April 24, 2017

Ah, yoga! Just about every time we step on the mat, we feel better afterward. Yet establishing a solid practice can be elusive, especially when you’re just starting out—there are so many details to remember...

Why Fascia is The New Black

May 02, 2017

Scientists are just beginning to really understand the importance of fascia. Fifty or 100 years ago, surgeons would just take it out when they operated—they thought of it as basically packing peanuts for the body.....

The Effects of Nature on Physical and Mental Health

March 01, 2016

We’ve all felt the calming effects of nature—how being outdoors amid the trees, fresh air, breezes and birdsong helps us slow down and bring our bodies and minds back into rhythm.

Yoga and Anatomy: The Art of Connection

A Q&A with Michelle Dalbec

In this edition of Ask the Expert, Kripalu School of Yoga faculty member Michelle Dalbec discusses how anatomy affects your yoga practice, how yoga translates off the mat, and what to be aware of when starting a home practice.

Meditaiton and Journaling:

Combining Practices to Reflect Your Inner World

“Who knows what will arise when we watch ourselves?” asks Kripalu Yoga teacher Michelle Dalbec in her R&R Retreat workshop Reflections on Your Inner World. By opening up to the richness of our interior life through meditation and journaling, she elaborates, we can invite deeper self-reflection and self-expression into our daily existence.

Practices for the Season of Blossoming

Yoga and Ayurevda for Springtime

Spring is just around the corner! Can you feel it? After the long winter (especially here in the Northeast), it sometimes feels like a mad dash to the finish line when the first hints of spring stirs in the atmosphere. Yoga and Ayurveda teach us to be fully present and engaged as we shift seasons and open to new perspectives.

Practices to Bring Light Into Your Winter

by Beth Hochstein

There’s an annual ritual in our household. When the days get shorter, my husband plugs in a special lamp that simulates sunlight. Prone to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), he finds that a half hour under the lamp, at sunrise and sunset, helps regulate his moods as daylight wanes.

I Don't Wanna Do Yoga: Finding Your Way Around Resistance

by Valerie Reiss

When I was in my early 20s, a therapist told me I was very resistant—fighting suggestions, arguing insights, ignoring assignments. She was right, so I, of course, wanted to yell, “No, I’m not!”

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