Category: Excerpt

Excerpt from Teaching Yoga: Techniques and Tools

Excerpt from Mark Stephens’ Teaching Yoga A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. —Lao Tzu Teaching yoga is at once profoundly personal, predicated on sharing, and shaped by context. It is also inevitably surprising. We have no choice but to start from where we are and who we are, …continue

Excerpt: The Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Deck for Kids

Alignment and Sequencing Instructions Sequencing of lessons implies that there is a goal for a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga session or series of sessions—a goal determined by the facilitator. In TCTSY, participants determine what the work is by checking in with their own bodies. The shapes offered or practiced are irrelevant. The work is the same: to …continue

Extended excerpt: Yoga for Better Sleep

Sleep can be delightfully, curiously, even disturbingly mysterious—especially that last one, if it doesn’t seem to come to you when you want (or need) it. We’ve only very recently come to a better understanding of the nature and purposes of sleep, and how it impacts each and all of our physical, mental, and emotional systems. …continue

Excerpt: Apples and Oranges

Apples and Oranges An excerpt from We’ve Been Too Patient by L. D. GREEN When I was 16, I went on a mental trip. I was convinced that if I ate oranges, everyone would know I liked girls. But if I chose an apple instead, I would land only in boys’ beds. But this wasn’t …continue

Excerpt: The Intersection of Mental Health, Communities of Color, and Suicide

The Intersection of Mental Health, Communities of Color, and Suicide BY KELECHI UBOZOH Excerpted from We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health–Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model Recently, I was invited to Sacramento to address the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission’s public hearing on suicide prevention. This oversight body makes …continue

The Blinding Effect of Trauma: An Excerpt from Sacred Instructions

The Blinding Effect of Trauma From Sacred Instructions by Sherri Mitchell. When we don’t heal our pain, it comes out sideways and derails our lives and damages our relationships. Unhealed pain destroys our ability to achieve true intimacy by keeping us hidden from one another. The imprint of those old patterns is like a giant …continue