You might say to yourself after reading the column heading, “Kindness,” what does that have to do with being well and happy? If I’m being kind, what does that have to do with MY well being?

First off, what we think, say and do becomes a part of us – in a big way.  What we think, say and do in relation to ourselves and others, becomes a part of our inner selves: the source of our being and the divineness that connects us to every living thing.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”  (Lao Tzu, philosopher and prophet of ancient China)

We can have control over how we

In India, when people meet and part they often say “Namaste.” The word comes from Sanskrit and literally means, “bowing to you” or “I bow to you.” There is an increasing use of this word in the yoga communities, but words are empty unless there is action behind them. Let’s start here with a beautiful description of the word:

Namaste - I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place in you where if you

I have been thinking about the power of intention lately and just by chance I picked up a deck of inspirational cards and the card I picked was the author relaying something he read about the effect of group meditation on crime. After some googling, I found it.  

“Washington meditation project reverses violent crime trend by 23.3 percent.”  ( In the summer of 1993, during an almost two-month period, through the power of group meditation, there was a remarkable effect on the

In our yoga practice, we bring to mind the connection to the heart chakra “anahata” and its attributes to be loving and compassionate. Loving and compassionate to ourselves, our families, friends, community, outer world, animals, plants - all living things. This is a feeling “toward” ourselves, others and other things.

Empathy is a feeling of connection and feeling “with” the other. It is very different.  When I am really open, I “feel with” the mama orca that is pushing her deceased baby, or

Labor Day has come and gone and I hope you managed some beach time for yourself. If not, typically September is a beautiful month here in the Rockaways. For myself, there are always so many changes in September and I welcome them all. Our schedule changes with the new school year. We begin to see new students come back to yoga after a summer outdoors. It’s really special to see all the changes that will happen with each year. Some good, some not so good.

Beach yoga was one of the big

It’s that time again for many of the children and teachers to head back to school and say goodbye to summer. One of the hardest things to do is abandon the beach, especially here in Rockapulco! We live in paradise and no one wants to leave this peninsula. For those of us left behind, we will miss you terribly. It’s not the same when our summer friends bid us farewell.  But rest assured, before you know it, you will all be back. Home will always be here.

Change in a regular schedule can cause

“Sankalpa” is a Sanskrit word meaning an intention formed by the heart and mind. A solemn vow, determination or will. It is your connection to your deepest heart and soul longings. Aligning with your truth, your heartfelt desires. So very powerful and strong, yet we tend to ignore them and float through life doing whatever we have to do to survive overlooking the subtle signs trying to guide us on our journey.

“San” means truth and “kalpa” means vow or intention. Truth meaning what do you

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