There is Hope… At some point in life, 1 in 4 people, worldwide, will be affected by mental or neurological disorders.  This link offers brief descriptions of Common Mental Disorders.  Nearly 2/3 with a known disorder never seek help. Shame, stigma, mis-information keep people suffering in silence. You can learn more at World Health.     Yoga is…

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By no means is this information meant to be all inclusive or diagnostic. This is a brief compilation on causes and types of trauma to increase awareness. For in depth reading I recommend Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score and Peter Levine’s Waking the Tiger. Yoga instructors interested in specializing in Yoga…

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Pain. No one enjoys it. We do our best to avoid it or stop it as quickly as possible. When we are already hurting, we certainly don’t want to add to it. I get it! Emotional pain can lead to real, physical pain, and physical pain can lead to disturbing mental anguish, and the unsettling…

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Meditation Basics from Regina Rowley and I Am Priceless, Inc. Meditation means “to become familiar with”. It is one way of inner self exploration; journey within for self discovery. Our daily lives tend to draw our senses outward. Reasons: relax, destress, balance emotions, mental stillness, assist problem solving as we gain insights, take us to…

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2017 The Trance of Scarcity – Victoria Castle * Overcoming Trauma through Yoga – Emerson and Hopper Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma – Peter Levine The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. Good bye Hurt and Pain – Dr. Deborah Sandella It…

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On Becoming a Gigi… There is no joy as profound as what I am currently experiencing. Elation, jubilation and the deepest gratitude. I have had my share of physical challenges through the years. Challenges which made me, as a young mother, re-evaluate life style choices. I wanted to be healthy and physically able to care…

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One of the biggest lessons I have been learning in recent years is the importance and application of self-compassion. Self-compassion is opposite of the hard-headed, hard-handed discipline I grew up with. Hard-headed discipline taught me to be critical and judgmental toward myself and others. It added to my shame, guilt and fear. Because of it,…

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Tweet What is Yoga? Yoga is a science-backed practice for relieving stress, calming the mind, and strengthening and opening the body. Who can benefit from Yoga… Anyone with any of the following: back pain, headaches, digestive issues, or insomnia… Everyone who ever felt overwhelmed or anxious…  Individuals who understand life will be more comfortable with a few, simple tools to help them…

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Fellow yoga teacher and friend, Tori Palatas shared this poem on Instagram. When I first read her masterpiece I was struck with how much I related. Perhaps you do as well. It is our honor to feature her and her art on I Am Priceless. She did not provide a title so I chose one…

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2016 afforded me the privilege of completing my first 200 hours of yoga instructor training. I immediately began looking into training as a trauma informed instructor. After looking into several options, only to have the training cancel or their schedule conflict with mine, I came across Purple Dot Yoga Project and their specialized, trauma informed…

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