Believe that you can get better. Believe it. It will increase the likelihood that you do.

Every little bit helps when it comes to cultivating relaxation. Your nervous system is made to be sensitive. Create an environment in which your sensitivity can function optimally.

Belief, hope and faith that you can get better is essential for creating new wellness patterns. Belief is the ingredient that loops a reworked habit into a permanent behavior.

Yoga practices help us to observe our behavior. The way our behavior makes us feel can inspire us to change our behavior.

Photo credit Stacy Hurt

Photo credit Stacy Hurt

To get you thinking about all the different ways that you can feel better, here are some links to other websites that will complement your wellness journey:

Yoga and Pranayama Videos: Instant Attitude Adjustments! – Breath and body movement led by Gyandev McCord, overlooking Lotus Lake at Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, where I was trained as a Yoga therapist. This five-minute sequence can be done sitting or standing, partially or in it’s entirety for benefits. Moderately invigorating to prepare for stillness or concentration activities, including meditation. – Brahmari or humming breath for relief of anxiety and insomnia. Filmed inside the Crystal Hermitage at Ananda Village. Super easy, soothing and calming. Great for hypo-mania onset and general stress release. My Number One Fave! Highly recommended! Kids love it! – Sitkari breath for releasing emotion. This technique is powerful to cool any sense of overheatedness, Pitta dosha derangement, hypo-mania onset and hot flashes experienced by peri-/menopausal women. – Great for depression. Use with caution if you experience bipolar I symptoms or rapid cycling.

* These techniques are not ever to be practiced to any point of strain.

Relaxation – Yoga Nidra – An explanation of “the Yogic Science of Sleep”. – An explanation of “the Yogic Science of Sleep”. – Two free Yoga nidra practices online for you to practice at home. Soothing, non-movement practices that will refresh you more than a regular nap. – “Theta waves are associated with dreaming sleep, super learning, creativity, daydreaming and deep meditation. They are also associated with emotional surges, self-reprogramming and spiritual experiences. If you’re interested in becoming better at problem-solving, be more spiritually connected, intuitive, imaginative, creative and physically relaxed, you’ll want to spend more time in theta.” – Music on YouTube to promote the delta brain wave state and deep sleep.

Ayurveda and Doshas the easy Ayurveda Body Type Quiz to determine your current body/mind constitution. Personalized healing can take off and become grounded from there! Also: webinars, supplements, etc. Do it! Do it! Let me know what you find out! – Cheat sheets and more for your personal wellness evolution. Tongue scrapers, cleanses, classes. Fun stuff. – Ayurveda education and wellness

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Nourishment – On the importance of maintaining hydration. “Studies show 37 per cent of people mistake thirst for hunger.” – Mental tricks to promote craving healthier foods. – On the effects of gluten and dairy on psychiatric conditions. Food for thought! – High protein diet to stabilize blood sugar, insulin and mood. -Walnuts as a vegetarian source of protein, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids with links to recipes and research. – The Gut and Psychology Diet: Digestive health leads to brain health and higher functioning for mental health disorders.

 Essential Oils and Sensory Therapy – Comprehensive lists of practical essential oil use for mental and emotional balance, including for anger, frustration, irratibility, mood swings, anxiety and memory enhancement. – High quality, therapeutic essential oil blends. Emotional Release, Deep Sleep and Peaceful are highly recommended for anxiety and depression. The sprays are awesome! – Excellent, high quality resource for high quality organic bulk herbs, gourmet spices, loose leaf teas, essential oils, herbal extracts, and natural body care ingredients. Their extensive selection includes certified organic, fair trade, ethically wild harvested, & Kosher certified botanical products. – Weighted blankets for trauma recover, mind-body integration, fear and vulnerability relief and to soothe anxiety. – Suggestions include white noise machines, metronomes, fountains, movement, massage, tips for picky eaters and more. Appropriate for children and adults.

Nature Awareness and Meditation and Deep Ecology

Exploring your role as an integral member our ecosystem affected by the health of the planet and affecting the health of the planet, both locally and globally can be immensely humbling and empowering. – Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages.  – Listening to Nature: How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature. Books by internationally acclaimed naturalist Bharat Cornell. – My experience at this Scottish spiritual community, learning center and ecovillage was life-changing. Books, meditations, daily inspiration, ecological living, conferences, workshops and residential programs. Holistic living skills. – “What is permaculture?

Permaculture is a creative design process that is based on ethics and design principles. It guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.

By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers. This journey builds skills and resilience at home and in our local communities that will help us prepare for an uncertain future with less available energy.

The techniques and strategies used to apply these principles vary widely depending on the location, climatic conditions and resources that are available. The methods may differ, but the foundations to this holistic approach remain constant. By learning these principles you can acquire valuable thinking tools that help you become more resilient in an era of change.” – “Security is when you look out of your kitchen window and see your friends gardening.” – Bill Mollison, founder of permaculture. – My experience at this Scottish spiritual community, learning center and ecovillage was life-changing. Books, meditations, daily inspiration, ecological living, conferences, workshops and residential programs. Holistic living skills.

Yoga Therapy Websites

Jyotish and Vedic Astrology: The Science of Light

Astrology can offer guidance when things seem hopeless or baffling. Many people rely on Vedic astrology to understand and thrive during changing cycles in life. Vedic astrology interpretation is both a science and an art.                                                                                                       

Gemstone remedies are determined according to your birth chart. Gemstones worn against the skin offer enhanced light vibrations from planets that indicate the need for strengthening in your astrological chart. Both astrology and gemstone remedies can be empowering to the human experience.

For Vedic astrology readings (different than Western astrology) and individua, astrological gemstone recommendations, find a reputable astrologer or contact Drupada McDonald at

Schedule a Vedic Astrology Consultation with (530) 478-7553, co-owner of Northern Lights Gemstones at Ananda Village, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959 ♦ (530) 478-7500. You will need your date of birth, place of birth and time of birth for an accurate reading from your interpreter. – Enjoyable Vedic explanations once you have had your chart drawn.


Yoga therapy is the practical application of Yoga principles used for people to manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality and improve attitude.

Yoga therapy, derived from Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga tradition and the Ayurvedic system of health care, refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges not usually addressed in a group class.

As a Yoga teacher, I recognize that it is my responsibility and privilege to support the physical, mental and spiritual welfare of my students and to uphold the dignity and integrity of the Yoga teachings. I make no exaggerated claims as to the benefit of my transmission of the Yoga teachings. I do not attempt to diagnose or treat a student’s physical, psychological or psychiatric condition. I do not suggest or approve of going against a prescribing physician’s advice.

As a Registered E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Teacher and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, I am required to post this disclaimer: “The yoga therapy components of my instruction and practice are based on my certification as a Yoga Therapist by The International Association of Yoga Therapists, not derived from my status as an RYT ®with Yoga Alliance Registry.”

You are encouraged to ask questions and discuss issues as they arise.

Promote your greatest well-being. Believe!