On Retreat

I’m nesting. Cloistered in my hill-top villa over looking the Gulf of Nicoya, I rotate between my writing desk, my easel, my books and the pool.  I wake with the sun, breathe, walk, swim and do asana. Then, breakfast with my husband and back to my solitary work: writing and researching my book on the breath. Painting provides space for my mind to reset so I can re-enter the world of words fresh.

Recommended Buteyko Video Resources

Don't miss these amazing videos that feature in-depth information on the anatomy of the breath and the transformative effects of breathing lite!

Breathing 101: Learning the Lesser Breath

Breathing 101: Learning the Lesser Breath

One year ago I was a hacking, asthmatic yoga therapist desperately trying to ‘yoga’ and supplement my way to health so I could carry on in some manner of normal. After three exhausting months with no reprieve, I feared this latest iteration of respiratory blues had permanently lodged itself in my lungs. I reached outside my yoga toolbox and contacted a former student who had healed herself of asthma through the Buteyko breathing method.  This ignited my world with a whole new interpretation of functional breathing calling into question my 30 years of training in yoga pranayama. It also launched the healthiest, most energy vital year of my life where I can say in retrospect, the gift of Buteyko has been nothing short of miraculous.

Beyond Painkillers: Can Yoga Help Relieve Your Back Pain?

Does yoga offer a viable complement to painkillers or even surgery in the treatment of back pain? And if so, what might the treatment of back pain look like in the future? In this interview, Huffington Post discuss that question with yoga therapist Robin Rothenberg, who created the yoga protocol for one of the first NIH-funded studies on yoga for back pain.