Meditating: It’s not all Unicorns and Rainbows

Mental health is a tender human experience, and we must be mindful of how we discuss it and share practices, like meditating, that may support us through it. Meditating is often touted as a “cure-all” for mental health. While it may be a helpful practice, it is neither a panacea nor easy. This misinformation is a disservice to those who may be helped by meditating. Continue Reading

Yoga and Recovery: A Gateway to Compassionate Self-Care

Yoga encourages us to engage with loving kindness, listening interoceptively, recognizing and honoring our boundaries, and knowing it is safe to gently and progressively challenge our edges. We learn to see ourselves as deserving of compassion when facing challenges and difficulties—as human beings facing tender human experiences. We learn we can experience life without feeling powerless, needing to distract, engage in maladaptive coping to not feel our experiences. Continue Reading

Yoga and Recovery: The Brain and Mental Health

Yoga is like weightlifting for our brain, our brain cells develop new connections, and changes occur in brain struc­ture as well as function, resulting in improved cog­nitive skills, such as learning and memory. Yoga strengthens parts of the brain that play a crucial role in memory, attention, awareness, thought, and language. Continue Reading

Yoga and Recovery: Client-Centered Care

We MUST feel safe to explore our somatic experience and trauma, learn coping skills, face the highs and lows, and ultimately recover. So, we need people on our team who are always focused on what is best for us. Practitioners who can adapt their approach for our benefit sit with us in our resistance and hold space for working through it without attachment to the result. We need caring professionals on our court, working with us and focused on helping us reach our recovery goals. Who responsibly helps us explore our experiences as we learn to cope and self-regulate. Who understand the emotional cycles and rollercoasters of shame, pride, resistance, acceptance, love, and loathing. And sits with us when this darkness comes with compassion and helps us find our way to safety. Continue Reading

Yoga and Recovery: Defining the Journey

The truth is recovery is messy, challenging, and filled with highs and lows. I’ve learned to live in the moment while playing the long game. In other words, living in the present moment and embodying my life while giving myself time to do the work in treatment and grace when I stumble. Time to curiously explore and discover healthy coping techniques and when they help me. Which has helped me feel more confident and less overwhelmed when symptoms and challenges occur. Continue Reading

Recovery from high functioning PTSD and an Eating Disorder

I have spent my life keeping busy. At the height of it I was working 70-80 hours a week, volunteering over 1200 hours a year, over and above being a married mom of two. Five years ago I left this lifestyle, I even thought I had completed this part of my life. And now I can see, I have spent my life keeping busy because then I never had the time to deal with the pain, the thoughts, the emotions, the trauma. I was filling the space up to not feel. Continue Reading

300 Hour Viniyoga Advanced Teacher Training

In response to the global mental health challenges, we seek compassionate professionals equipped with empathy, integrity, authenticity, and expertise. That’s why we present our 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, a transformative journey aimed at skillfully supporting individuals through Viniyoga, Yoga Sutras, Eight Limbs of Yoga, Ayurveda, Somatic Science, and coaching techniques. Building on the foundation of our 200-Hour program, this advanced training delves into the depths of yoga, cultivating a profound connection with your practice and teaching abilities. Through this immersive experience, you will gain proficiency in conducting 1:1 Ayurvedic Somatic Coaching Sessions, tailoring practices to the unique needs, desires, and goals of your students. Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact as a caring and adept professional. Enroll in our comprehensive program and be a part of the change we need in the world. Continue Reading

Embodied Self Regulation: How the Vayus help us

In yoga, we believe that health happens when we allow our experiences to move through us. The vayus or inner winds of energetic movement enable us to self-regulate this energy. n February of 2020, after years of struggle and misdiagnosis, I was diagnosed with PTSD. The year that followed focused on therapy, filled with tears and healing. I never expected the vayus would be so helpful. Part of the healing came from looking at my past and present with fresh eyes; embodying this experience allowed me to understand how my experiences were living in my body. Look into my patterns and the beliefs I have developed over my life. It wasn’t easy and a continual work in progress. But each time I do it, I find the freedom I never dreamed was possible. Continue Reading

DIY How to Make Your Own Yoga Props

With more yoga classes happening online, you may find yourself missing those studio props. Props are an excellent way to enhance, support, and adapt your practice. We recommend props at the Life of Wellness Institute because they aid us in our practice. They allow us to control and isolate the sensations we want to focus on, bring the ground a little closer, support stability, and so much more. If using any of these props brings unhelpful experiences or thoughts, please reach out to your certified life of wellness institute yoga teacher for alternatives. Here are our favorite DIY yoga props ideas Continue Reading

Stress and Trauma-Informed Care – CE Series

Trauma-informed care is a strengths-based practice framework grounded in understanding and considering stress and trauma’s pervasive nature and impact. As a result, we promote an environment of recovery rather than practices that may inadvertently re-traumatize. Adopting a trauma-informed approach to your practice is not accomplished through a particular technique or checklist. In other words, it is an ongoing process that takes our constant caring awareness, attention, and sensitivity. Description This introductory course will explore the theoretical underpinnings, neuroscience, and impact of stress and emotional and psychological trauma. And learn how to provide trauma-informed caring, compassionate, and empathetic services at a Continue Reading

200 Hour Viniyoga Teacher Training

Embark on a profound journey of self-discovery and empowerment with our In-Depth 200-Hour Trauma-Informed Body-Neutral Viniyoga Yoga Teacher Training at the Life of Wellness Institute. This transformative experience will not only equip you with the skills to teach Viniyoga but also lead you toward embracing your authentic self and living a life of mindfulness, ease, and freedom. At our institute, we believe in the power of our Be K.I.N.D. Embodied Wisdom Methodology, which fosters self-awareness through loving-kindness. By incorporating trauma-informed and body-neutral approaches, we provide a supportive environment for interoceptive learning, enabling you to deepen your connection with your inner wisdom. Our comprehensive program, led by the experienced Yoga Therapist Melanie Taylor, offers live virtual or in-person sessions, as well as personalized 1:1 Mentorship, ensuring you receive the guidance and support needed to confidently share this transformative gift with others. Embrace embodied living with the profound teachings of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, and join us on this life-changing journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Continue Reading

I do yoga so I can bend and not break

When I meet new students, I ask why they love yoga and want to dive deeper into their yoga practice. I always love hearing each answer as it gives me an insight into their experience and how I can support them. Today I want to tell you about the answer that most affected me. She responded, “I do yoga, so I can bend and not break.” Her answer reminded me of how often I hear people say they don’t do yoga because they “aren’t flexible enough” or “not bendy enough.” Each time I hear this, my heart breaks a little. Continue Reading