Today I guided a beautiful group in a two-hour restorative yoga practice. Each shows up with a different reason for being there and all leave with a sense of calm. It is permission to do nothing for two hours. To feel the breath, relax, quiet the mind — think of nothing — and just be in different forms, stimulating different healing energies inherent in our bodies. Settling in to restorative poses brings about a deep sense of comfort and relaxation. An antidote to stress. One can say it is a form of meditation.

Restorative yoga uses props such as bolsters, blocks, blankets, pillows, etc. to allow the body to surrender, to let go of any muscular tension and relax. Once that physical rest and relaxation begins to take hold, there comes a

Snow days are a blessing for some, and yet for others a curse, when you have to trek to work or worst yet, if you don’t have heat. Delays, cancellations, etc. are extremely frustrating and difficult to deal with in a blizzard. Having a house full of young children can also be tough. Putting things in perspective is everything. Making the best of a bad situation is what we do.  We are lucky enough to have a warm, comfortable home to bunker down in. Not everyone is as comfortable today. I am so

The hush of winter is upon us.  With that first early morning snow on Saturday, December 9, I felt its presence. Light flakes cascading straight down.  Hush. While we are here in Rockaway because of our spectacular summer with its long days, sunshine, vegetables growing, people visiting, swimming, the hush of winter is beautiful and awesome. Not talking about the cold or the dark or any of the things most of us complain about — rather, the physical feeling of the season. Hush. Stop.  Listen. Be

The holiday season is upon us or as Andy Williams use to sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

For the most part, we are able to recall and rest our hearts in the happy memories of years past spent with family and friends, but the holidays can also be the most challenging time of the year for many people. For those suffering with loss, serious illness, addiction, depression, and for caregivers and the elderly, the season of joy can trigger sadness and sorrow. Any struggle creates

The illusive path, this sacred path every soul walks, is paved upon the choices we make. Robert Frost wrote about it in the famous poem, “The Road Not Taken.” The last stanza reads,

“I shall be telling this with a sigh 

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —

I took the one less traveled by,        

And that has made all the difference.”

We all have a path, whether we are conscious of it or not, there it is laid out right in front of us and behind us

This column was started in New Zealand while on a vacation with my husband, Pat. It was the most amazing time of my life to visit a country so pure and beautiful with very little damage to its environment. Only four million people live in New Zealand and one million reside in the capital city, Auckland. I believe we saw more animals than humans. The most spectacular place on earth with a land untouched by humans. Everyone has a dog! WiFi is not always available, so we disconnected and found

Yesterday I found myself sitting, slumped on a steamy hot subway bench, wearing too many layers, staring downwards, expressionless at the dirty, brown platform tiles. It was a few days after Thanksgiving and I was tired after walking all over Manhattan. I’d finished my book and my phone was dead and the station was eerily quiet with no trains and no announcements and a steadily increasing crush of resigned commuters.

The minutes passed by. My brain chugged along the lines of hot, tired

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