For India: Yoga for Life Benefit Class

Dear Yoga Friends

Please join me in responding to the Covid crisis in India, the motherland of our beloved yoga practices. We have benefitted beyond measure from the Indian wisdom teachings for decades, and now we offer our energy to support healing and life-giving resources for our fellow human beings, our fellow bearers of God in the world.

Money is a form of energy. Labor can be translated to money which can be offered in gratitude for the labor of others or as support for others who are in need.

For India: Yoga for Live Benefit Class is an opportunity to offer monetary energy to our siblings in India. Please offer any amount of monetary energy by selecting the donate button below.

All donations will be given to Manav Sadhna whose mission is to love all, serve all, and transform lives through meaningful and lasting change. They provide holistic, educational, compassion based action for skill development, children’s and women’s empowerment, and health and nutrition initiatives.

“By seeing God in every individual (manav),
service is transformed into worship (sadhna).”

Yoga for Life Benefit Class

For India
Sunday, June 6

Select the Benefit Classes button to read the description and learn more.

Find out more about Manav Sadhna’s mission by selecting their button below.

Choose the register button to receive the link to our live, online yoga and meditation practice. There will be a recording available for this practice for a limited time; however, you do not need to participate in order to donate!

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Anniversaries, of sorts

My Dear Yoga Friends & Readers,

Today marks the one year anniversary of my first ever moment of teaching yoga online. It is the anniversary of the creation of my first youtube channel. And it is the anniversary of the day my family embarked on new ways of living.

As I write this I’m noticing that some anniversaries are celebrated, and others are noted as a time for pause and reflection on what has been experienced and what has been learned, like deaths.

(I have been known to celebrate when something extraordinarily damaging dies, like a relationship or an administration, for the possibilities that something life-giving will grow in its place – there is great hope and joy in that.)

We are used to celebrating births and lives well-lived, but we don’t necessarily celebrate deathdays. At least none that I’m aware of. Instead, we tend to solemnly acknowledge the day, to give the experience of death the the honor that it’s due.

This week I’ve been celebrating my partner’s birthday and my first bold steps into the online yoga teaching world. I’ve been marking the closure of my children’s schools for “the flu” and my partner’s epic journey navigating and guiding his employees, clients, and their families through the Covid Sea and the Pandemic Ocean as part of his day job.

What anniversaries are you marking this day, week, and month? What are you celebrating?

I’d like to share a yoga practice with you to both commemorate and celebrate the year behind and the year ahead.

My hope for all of us is that we honor our experiences, embrace what is life-giving, and release what no longer needs holding.

May you be blessed like crazy,
and may you have the strength to bear it.

With tenderness, loving-kindness, and care,


The Universal Yogi

(Photo by Ave Calvar Martinez on

New Book! Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists

Yoga Friends & Readers,

There is a beautiful new book on the horizon! (No, it’s not mine yet.) My dear friend and fellow yogi, Joanne Spence, has compiled a wealth of simple practices to calm, balance, and restore the nervous system.

Her work is a robust resource for everyone supporting those affected by trauma and moving toward healing, resilience, and growth.  Her approach is accessible, practical, and inspiring, not only in its depth of knowledge but in the overwhelming spirit of connection and support that is evident on each page.

It is such a readable collection of wisdom I devoured it in one sitting. It’s a book we will be able to turn to again and again for ideas, inspiration, and encouragement.

The front cover endorsement is by Stephen W. Porges, PhD., founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium who first introduced Polyvagal Theory in 1994. Polyvagal theory links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavior. Porges is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011). It is fascinating work.

Guess who else has an endorsement listed…?

Yep – me! The publisher (PESI) said that they have never had a book have so many high caliber endorsements before. Ever.  So thankfully mine didn’t bring down the lot! I am unquestionably in amazing company.

I’m blessed to know Joanne and be alongside her on the journey.

Buy the book if you can!

Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists releases March 9 followed by a Book Talk on Friday, March 26th, 2021.  The Book Talk is free and you are welcome to register here.  

Happy Reading, Happy Practicing!


The Universal Yogi