How to shed your small self

Whatever came from being is caught up in being, drunkenly forgetting the way back. RUMI You were born with a clear, clean open awareness. And then something happened. Depending on your birth story, you either felt secure and supported or unsupported and insecure. And you grew up and interacted with the world and expressed your needs ... the way the [...]

Don’t hide behind the mask of “OK”

Tonight I drove to the DAYA Foundation studio to teach my 6:30pm yoga class in Portland. As I maneuvered my little Fiat through traffic and over the Ross Island Bridge, my stomach began rolling, I started feeling dizzy, and my skin began to perspire. By the time I reached the studio I was breathing shallow, quick [...]

Meditation and the Working Brain

I often hear how the workplace is much different now from what it used to be. I don't know--I am young enough that I only know Today. My generation grew up with computers and cell phones. Yet all our generations--Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and even our upcoming and coming Generation Z--have something in common: the workplace can [...]

Create a clearing and wait

Have you ever felt stuck? Have you ever felt like your "real self" is being smothered? Have you felt as if there is a box that someone (friends, family, coworkers, yourself) would like you to stay in? Have you ever cut off pieces of yourself to fit inside that box. This poem is for you. Clearing [...]

Looking out for threats that never materialize

Imagine you are walking through the Sahara desert. Your body is in a relaxed state, normal breathing, leisurely enjoying the scenery. Suddenly you spot a tiger. Your breathing quickens, your heart rate accelerates. You have identified a potential threat. And then the tiger runs toward you and your body automatically goes into the sympathetic nervous [...]

Applying for “The Secret to Life is to Keep Breathing” Grant

22 April 2016 Dear Aspires Healthcare, On behalf of the Rainbow House Yoga Initiative. My name is Beck Forsland and I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and I am an ICF Certified Coach. I have been practicing yoga for 13 years, teaching for 5 years and owned a yoga studio in Menominee, Michigan for [...]

“Anxiety isn’t that bad”

Yes, it is.   It makes you think and overthink. At times you think people are talking bad about you. You may begin to feel abandoned, not very worthwhile. Your thoughts don't stop when you lay down to sleep at night, so you may develop insomnia. You may ruminate over the past, regretting things you [...]

Release tension, a practice

Many of us are "desk jockeys," meaning we spend 40+ hours of our week behind a desk. Often that means sore necks, tense shoulders, aching wrists, and stiff hips. To lighten the burden some people resort to purchasing standing desks, walking desks, getting regular massage and chiropractic adjustments and/or going to yoga to relax. These are [...]