Three Reasons Why I Meditate (And Why You Should Consider It Too)

Three Reasons Why I Meditate (And Why You Should Consider It Too)

1) Meditation reinforces a dignified, noble posture which has innumerable health benefits. It’s one of the few activities practiced in America for which an elegant stature is encouraged (equestrian sports and classical piano are others). When we are in good posture, our spine is efficiently supporting the weight of our skull, our lungs have room to operate, and our digestive path is not compressed. 2) I am off duty from “doing.” As an entrepreneur and parent of a young child, there’s always a long (glaring) list of unfinished tasks. But when I’m meditating,…continue reading →
How I Ended My War with Pain

How I Ended My War with Pain

Seven years ago, I developed a mysterious chronic pain in my upper body that had me unable to type, hold a piece of paper, and relegated to the cool wooden floor of my girlfriend’s apartment for hours a day. I was 26, unable to work, and learning to dial a phone with my toes. From my floor-bound perspective, I stared for hours at the ceiling fan, imagining where this health trajectory was heading. I, who could not open a tea wrapper, began to resolve myself to leave New York and be cared for…continue reading →
The 4 Biggest Myths about Learning to Swim

The 4 Biggest Myths about Learning to Swim

Learning to swim is a major bucket list activity, and for many people it stays on that list far too long because of basic misunderstandings about what it takes to swim. Recently, I met a woman in her 40s who was ashamed to admit that after months of group lessons, she still couldn’t swim more than a couple yards without total exhaustion. She described herself as “unteachable,” and figured that she just wasn’t a “water person.” As I worked with her, it was clear that she had as much swim capability as the…continue reading →
Unhooking Shame from Pain: A Way Out Of the Cycle

Unhooking Shame from Pain: A Way Out Of the Cycle

Pain is tough, of course, but the thoughts and feelings which pain can stir up are the real nightmare. In my own history and my private practice teaching adults with pain, feelings of shame are never far behind a chronic pain condition. In our culture, it seems easy to interpret pain or loss of function as a personal failure. We look around at gluten-loving, sedentary, slouchy coworkers and think: why don’t they have pain? I’ve tried so hard, done all my stretches and exercises, watched my food and drink, and still, my body…continue reading →
Reduce Stress and Distraction through a Short Body Scan

Reduce Stress and Distraction through a Short Body Scan

You’ve heard of 8 minute abs, but have you heard of an 8 minute body scan? Me neither; so I created this short embodiment practice that you can practice on your own when you’re feeling lost in worry, or perhaps a bit frantic and out-of-body. In this audio, I’ll guide you to include the felt sensations of your body, from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head. This requires no special powers of concentration: just two ears and about eight minutes which, by the way, is the approximate time…continue reading →
Good Posture Means Connecting, Not Correcting

Good Posture Means Connecting, Not Correcting

I'm not against correcting our posture or body on principle. I wish all it took to rid ourselves of chronic pain and tension was figuring the right angle or position, and tapping our body into place. It's such a seductive offer; that we need only arrange our body and then get on with the rest of our day. I object to correcting our posture on practical grounds; it doesn't work. From my perspective as an Alexander Technique teacher and a person dealing with chronic pain for several years, 'correcting' posture tends to tie…continue reading →
Alexander Technique lessons in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Alexander Technique lessons in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Long a source of fresh pasta and biscotti, Carroll Gardens also has the Alexander Technique at a beautiful facility – Element Natural Healing Arts. I teach weekly lessons there. Here's my interview with Element about how I got into the Alexander Technique and what to expect from a session. Excerpt: Q: What makes your practice satisfying/fulfilling for you? What is the most misunderstood aspect of what you do? A: It’s hugely satisfying when students realize that they don’t need to reject themselves or try to be perfect in order to tap into their…continue reading →
What No One Told Me about Chronic Pain

What No One Told Me about Chronic Pain

The pain is the easiest part. In my mid-20s, I consulted an orthopedist when my wrists started to feel warm after typing. He recommended ice packs and ibuprofen. In a thick Brooklyn accent, he asked, “You wanna take a couple days offa work?” The couple days stretched into months, and then years. Though neither of us knew it, this was the beginning of a chronic illness, and his prescription for Advil seems almost quaint to me now. The pain spread from my fingertips to my neck, and I couldn’t press a button or…continue reading →
Small Mindfulness & Alexander Technique Classes in Midtown!

Small Mindfulness & Alexander Technique Classes in Midtown!

I’m very excited to present a new format for group teaching which is ideal for students who would like more individual attention and hands-on, but may not be able to afford weekly individual sessions. Starting on Wednesday, April 8, I will be teaching a four week series for only three students at my new Midtown location on 55th St. and 6th Avenue. When we experience pain and stress, we often feel stuck. We might come to feel fearful and ashamed of our own pain. By learning a three-step process for dropping into the…continue reading →
How Can I Work Smart at My Computer?

How Can I Work Smart at My Computer?

Recently at a “Mindfulness in the Digital Age” workshop, I discussed several apps, products, and other resources that have helped me work with more sanity and health. I’ll share them below. If you have found something that works for you, please do email me or comment below since I intend to update this list. What my computer rests on: As you can see from the photo above, my laptop is raised (on a fascinating read called "Super Baby Food" :-)) so that when I'm sitting on my stool, I don't have to drop…continue reading →