I have just returned from a month long teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. Why at 72 years of age would I put myself through such an intense and physically exhausting experience? Well the question really is “How could I not?” I came to the yoga mat at 70. As… Read More


Focusing on one task at a time allows us to be present. Doing more than one thing at a time divides our attention. When we read and eat at the same time, for example, part of our mind is on what we are reading and part on what we are eating;we are not getting the… Read More


If you didn’t already know…hot yoga and Bikram yoga are two very different practices. Hot yoga is a version of Hatha yoga or “Power Yoga” performed in a room that is between 95-100 degrees at humidity between 50% to 80% where the teacher is free to place their own spin on each class. Like many… Read More


On pretty much any given day you’ll see Mark Sweeney on his mat at Bella Prana! We chose Mark as our Student of the Month because he makes it more fun for us to teach and his energy helps to create the serene yet challenging atmosphere we hope to create. In short, Mark just gets… Read More


I am living proof that life is an adventure. Yes…me! Who could imagine that I would be preparing to embark on a month long yoga retreat. A place to go all alone. A place to go to learn to be. A place to go to learn to teach. Yes me! I, who have never thought… Read More


Who is hiding inside? Do I know you? Good grief…how many years did I hide behind those questions? Most of my 72 years were spent on “Looking Good.” Oh no it was not just the external looking good although that was paramount, it was also looking good everywhere. You know, shade the truth just a… Read More


I had the chance to talk to a Buddhist Monk about some things that had been bothering me lately. He listened patiently for five minutes of rambling and finally said “You are suffering because you want something to be different than it is…that’s all.” Now you feel combative when you argue with a monk but… Read More


Yoga instructors, and other teachers ‘on the path’ are, dare I suggest, attached to the ever-popular concept of ‘mindfulness,’ or, ‘mindful awareness.’ We often rely on the assumption that students will know what we mean when we toss around these words, and be able to access this state on command. The truth is, the Buddha… Read More


Happy Hour Help: Top 6 tips for a Successful and Healthy Happy Hour Picture this: You sit down to happy hour at your favorite restaurant and a friend to your right orders: “To start, I’ll have the mixed veggies. To drink: a sparkling water with a splash of low sugar cranberry juice and a lime…”… Read More


When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. ~Author Unknown When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. ~Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika Inhale, and God approaches… Read More