Category: Excerpt

Somatics—A Radically Different View of Who We Are

Excerpted from The Politics of Trauma by Staci K. Haines. Somatics—A Radically Different View of Who We Are The Church says: The body is a sin. Science says: The body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The body says: I am a fiesta. —EDUARDO GALEANO, from “Window on the Body” Somatics …continue

The Politics of Trauma: Foreword Excerpt by Ai-Jen Poo

Below, an excerpt from Ai-Jen Poo’s foreword to The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice by Staci K. Haines. The work of #metoo is about healing. It’s about healing as individuals and healing as communities. —Tarana Burke Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster … for when you …continue

The Tao of Craft: What is a Fu Talisman?

In her book The Tao of Craft, metaphysics powerhouse Benebell Wen (Holistic Tarot, 2016) provides an in-depth look at the history, methods, and applications of Fu talismans, making this ancient esoteric practice available for the first time in English. Whether you’re looking for health, wealth, happiness, or personal empowerment, Wen will lead you through step …continue

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