upcoming retreat… and postures for your shoulders

greetings friends!  i am back from my vacation out east and feeling very refreshed and well rested.  i’d like to think it had something to do with my application of all those travel tips… but it could have been the hours i spent napping and watching the world cup games on my in-laws couch!

before i get to today’s yoga lesson… i want to let you all know about my upcoming retreat.  jeremy and i will be leading a weekend of gentle and restorative yoga, qi gong, self-massage, singing bowls and more, up in calistoga september 10-12, 2010.  it’s a lovely retreat center that serves some of the most amazing tasting food you’ll ever eat.  for more info, or to register, you can email me at vanessav@vanessaverlee.com  — also here’s the link to the invitation for it on facebook…


or, for those of you not on facebook… just email me and i’ll email you all the details.

now… here a couple of my favorite poses for releasing tension in the shoulders.  i suggest doing them in this order… or, if you just have a couple of minutes, 1/2 eagle pose (the second one) is a great one to do throughout your day to keep the creeping shoulders away from your ears!

to come into this gomukhasana…

1. start sitting on some support (a yoga block works  well, but a folded blanket or narrow couch cushion could work too.  bring the right foot to the outside of the left hip. cross the left leg on top of the right, so the left foot lands near the right hip.  if possible line up the knees on top of one another, but if that causes pain, or too intense of a stretch, keep the right foot on the floor, and the top of the knee facing the ceiling.

2. lift the right arm in the air, hoping a strap (a belt or tie will work).  take the left arm behind the body and grab the other end of the strap (if your hands reach each other easily, without having to round your spine, then you can forgo the strap.

3. lift chest, bring ribcage in and breath.  to stretch the neck, look slowly toward the left side of the room, stopping as soon as you feel a stretch.  then, bring the head back to neutral and bring the left ear very slowly toward the left shoulder, keeping the gaze forward, throat relaxed and shoulders passive.

4.  to deepen the stretch in the hip, come off of the support and/or release arms and slowly come into a forward bend. hinging at the hips.

5. hold the pose for 2-5 minutes and then repeat on the other side.

ARDHA GARUDASANA: 1/2 eagle pose

to come into ardha garduasana:

1. stand with your legs wider than hip distance apart (about mat width, if you are using a yoga mat).

2. draw the right arm in front of the body (straight and at a diagonal with the palm facing up) and place the left arm, in the same position, directly on over the  right, like an “X”.  make the cross of the “X” as high up the arms as you can.

3. bend both elbows, so that the fingertips are facing up toward the ceiling.

4. if possible, make contact with the palms – or, at least the fingers of the right hand on the palm of the left, or whatever contact you can make.

5. keeping your arms like this, come into a forward bend. (bend knees if there is any pain in the back or back of the legs

6. breathe in to your upper back and neck for about one minutes

7. come up, with knees bent, and arms still in this position.  raise arms a little higher on the inhale, then exhale thru the mouth, letting the arms extend out to the sides – imagining that you are throwing all the tension from your shoulders and upper back out.

8. shake out your body and repeat on the other side.

Traveling Yogi

now that summer is here, traveling season is in full swing.  whether traveling by plane, train, or automobile, getting from here to there can take quite a toll on us.  it would be better on our bodies, and less disorienting if we always traveled by foot or bike, (for instance, my husband is traveling to his brothers in vermont,  1500 miles from where he started, by his bicycle.)  but time, ambition and distance keeps most of chosing more conventional modes of transport, and thus sitting still on our behinds for long periods of time.  so – here are some tips to keep yourself in balance.


FIRST THINGS FIRST  – what to pack, once you’re done packing:


while you are in the car or on a plane use tennis balls on your feet, back and gluteal muscles.

*TENNIS BALLS — these little guys are life savers on long car or plane rides.  take two of them…and keep them in your carry on (or up front, if you are in a car).  move them around during the trip… try them on either side of your spine at various points (low back, mid back, between the shoulder blades, behind your neck), or put one under each buttocks, near the outside.  also, if you can manage taking your shoes off (and risk losing the tennis balls under your seat), you can give yourself a mini-foot massage with these little miracle balls.




you can't take liquid with you thru security - but you can bring an empty water bottle to fill up at the gate!

*EMPTY WATER BOTTLE: for those of you traveling in the a car, obviously you can start with a full bottle (or two).  but, if you are flying – bring along an empty.  since you can’t take liquids thru airport security, many people either don’t drink water at all, or end up paying $5 for a plastic bottle at the gate.  save the earth and your pocket-book and bring along your own bottle, to fill up at a fountain by the gate, (most bottled water comes from a tap anyway). having your own will help keep you hydrated thru the whole journey.






bring along lots of fresh fruit and cut veggies as snacks

*SNACKS: speaking of keeping your body nourished, don’t forget to pack some healthy snacks.  before traveling, cut up some fresh veggies and fruits in bring along in a ziplock bag. maybe some nuts, cheese sticks, or simple sandwiches too.   even if it’s just a short flight, you never know how long you’ll actually be in the air or at the airport.  come prepared with plenty of good fuel. (you may want to avoid dehydrating foods, like dried fruits or dry crackers).     if you are driving – pack a cooler of good, nourishing snacks – so you don’t have to rely on 7-11 to keep you going.





you can use a neck pillow or just a rolled up towel, blanket or sweatshirt, to support your neck

*NECK SUPPORT:  a little support goes a long way for keeping your head and neck happy while sitting for long periods of time.  you can, of course, use the ready-made neck pillows, sold in every color and fabric in the terminals… but i find that a rolled up thin blanket or small towel – or even a sweatshirt in a pinch, can also do the trick.  if you want to sleep, this is practically a necessity – but even if not, your neck will enjoy feeling supported.










* do some qi gung, yoga and/or other exercise  the morning before you travel.  since it’s likely that you will be spending a long period of time sedentary, move your body as much as you can before you leave.

*eat a good meal.  it may be awhile before you get your next one (although the healthy snacks you’ve already packed will help with this too!)



*roll your joints (and i don’t mean the green kind… if you’re in a plane you’re already going to be high enough).  keep your wrists, ankles, knees, shoulders and, if possible, hips, rolling around whenever you think of it.   if you are ever at a gate with me, awaiting departure – you will find me sitting on the floor doing basic stretches (that is, if i’m not off in the corner with my legs up the wall – which we will get to in a minute).

*on the plane, get up as much as possible and walk around.  if you are driving, take frequent stops, and walks whenever you can.



legs up the wall (viparita karani)

*get your legs up the wall as soon as you can!  not only does this pose relieve your aching legs and swollen feet and ankles, it also helps reset the body clock – fighting any potential jet lag.  i do this at the airport, while waiting for a connecting flight, my baggage, or my ride.  but, if you are more modest than i, you could do it as soon as you get to room where you are staying.

*take a shower  – ending with a cold blast.  this will help clear off your day and get the circulation going again.

*get some sunlight – if jet lag is an issue, and you arrive during the day – take  a walk in the sun soon after arriving.

*do some more qi gong/yoga or take a walk in the fresh air.




well my sweet yogis, all these tips were actually done with intention of reminding myself how to best care for myself tomorrow – when i will fly across country to visit friends and reunite with my biking husband.  since we will be traveling for a couple of weeks, i will return with my next blog entry after our return in the second week of july.

until then – bon voyage and be well.



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nothing sympathetic about this

hey there yogis…

sorry to leave you high and dry last week.  i had one of those weeks where i didn’t feel like i had time  to return phone calls, let alone update my blog.   our household was buzzing with preparations for a my husband jeremy’s art opening, a music gig, preparations for going into the studio to record my next album,  my parents 40th wedding anniversary celebration and my usual full work week.  it seemed that everyone else i saw last week was in the middle of  a similar level of “busy.”

so, how’s a yogi to cope?

it’s good to start with the obvious… a healthy balanced diet of regular meals, full nights of rest, cardiovascular exercise, yoga or qigong in the morning.  also, for me, writing things down in the form of a ‘to-do list’  helps.  these lists satisfy some deep part of my being that understands the world through organized story.  on any given day you  can find 2 to 3 lists on the back of envelopes or other scrap paper, with stars and cross outs.

but the real secret?

(ready for this one? you may not believe me…)


seriously nothing.  not the’ nothing’ that involves slouching on a couch and  watching high-definition images flash by you on a screen… or the ‘nothing’ that includes staying up until 1:00 am browsing friends of friends facebook pages or wikipedia articles… or even the ‘nothing’ of taking a stroll after dinner.

not that these things are bad (okay, maybe snooping thru your friends of friends facebook pages is a little sketchy), but they aren’t really ‘nothing’.

the kind of ‘nothing’ i mean is this:

for 5-20 minutes a day, preferably mid-afternoon or early evening, lay in a comfortable supported pose on the floor (i’ll explain more later), cover your eyes (and ears if possible), turn off your phone and other possible sound makers,  and just be.  if your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath.  if you notice sounds, let them pass thru you without judgement or involvement.  it may help to set a timer, so that you know you won’t miss your next appointment, and/or,  so that you actually stay there for at least five minutes.  if you are in a noisy, distracting environment, you may find it helpful to put on unstimulating, quiet music, or listen to a guided meditation. (i enjoy  the meditation podcast, a free series on itunes)

this is not really a ‘nap’ or even a ‘power nap’… it’s a ‘yoga nap’ … more commonly known as a ‘restorative yoga practice.”  although you may fall asleep (this is a clear sign of exhaustion), the idea is to fall into a deep state of relaxation – or ‘yogic sleep,’ where you are awake and aware, but fully undisturbed and at peace.

at the end, i’ll explain a little more of what’s happening physiologically during this ‘yogic sleep,’ … but first – here’s a couple of basic poses to try:

supported shavasana (corpse pose)

supported shavasana (corpse pose): lie on the floor face up.  that’s all you really need to do… but, if possible, lie over a mat or blanket, place a folded blanket underneath your head, a rolled up blanket, bolster or couch cushion underneath your knees, folded towels to support the hands/wrists, an eye cover (eye pillow or scarf) to keep out light, and a blanket covering the whole body. you should feel warm, supported and comfortable.

legs up the wall (viparita karani)

legs up the wall (vipartia karani): find a wall.  put your legs up it.  again, that’s all you need to do… but, if you are able, even better to place a folded blanket under your head (not too high – keep your head basically level with your torso), place a rolled up blanket or bolster underneath your lower back, so that your tailbone is just barely hanging off of the  bolster (unless that’s painful on your lower back, then scoot the tailbone a little further away from the wall), cover your eyes, support your hands/wrists with folded towels, and tie your legs together at your thighs with a strap or tie.  get as close to the wall as you can, without feeling a lot of stretch in your legs.  if you feel a lot of stretch, back away from the wall a bit. active stretch, although normally a good thing, is stimulating and will prevent you from fully dropping into relaxation.

now… here’s a little of the science…. there are two branches to our nervous system, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.

the sympathetic nervous system is our ‘flight or fight’ response.  it’s turned on in an instant by outside stimulation or  stimulating food and drugs such as caffeine, ginseng, spicy foods, etc.  evolutionarily speaking, this was what kept us from getting mauled by tigers and whatnot.  in our more tamed, modern lifestyle, it’s what allows us to respond to danger, use of reflexes quickly, and focus intently.  the problem is, our nervous system doesn’t know the difference between on oncoming semi truck that we need to swerve away from and the latte we just drank or the car chase we are watching in the movie.  all of these things cause the sympathetic nervous system to turn on, stress hormones to be released and blood to move out towards our limbs (preparing us for action) – and away from the internal organs that rule digestion, reproductive health and just about every other vital function.   repeated studies show that stress is the leading cause of illness.

then there’s the parasympathetic.

this is the ‘relaxation response’.  for most people, it takes an average of 5-15 minutes to kick in.  it is triggered when the body perceives no threats.  it sends out messages to the body for proper digestion, elimination, hormonal balance, muscle relaxation, emotional stability, etc.  basically it’s what keeps our vital organs thriving and live in balance.

30 minutes of deep relaxation (in meditation, restorative yoga or the like, where the parasympathetic nervous system is in full force) is equal to four hours of deep sleep.  who doesn’t want four more hours of sleep?

i’ll share more about restorative yoga, including guided practices and other poses, in the future.  but for today, i urge you to take this challenge:

for the next seven days, commit do doing nothing (the yogic ‘nothing’) every day for at least 5 minutes.  i suspect you will end up getting more of the ‘everything’ of your life done if you do.

if you are up to the challenge, i encourage you to comment back about your experience.

happy rest!

Yoga for the Meridians: Pericardium/Triple Warmer & Gallbladder/Liver

here’s the third and final installment of the ‘yoga for the meridians’ series.  hope you’ve enjoyed them!  for more information about these, feel free to post questions, or  take one of my acuyoga workshops.  the next one is coming up in the fall.

Pericardium Meridian 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM // Triple Warmer Meridian 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
This meridian pair acts as both the guard and regulator of the body – keeping things in balance and protecting the qi.  Coming at a time of the day when we are often with friends and loved ones, these meridians also are deeply connected with our sense of community, trust and intimacy.  Closely related to the heart and small intestine meridians, many of the signs of imbalance are similar.  Emotional manifestations include:  anxiety, inappropriate laughter, emotional and mental disturbances, discordant relationships, inability to connect with others and confusion.  Physical manifestations include:  arthritis (especially upper body), deafness, toothache, inflammation, fever, chilled, blurry vision, and headaches.
Gall Bladder Meridian 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM // Liver Meridian 1:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Much like their anatomical functions, the gall bladder and liver are connected to clearing out and converting what’s brought into the body into something useful.  These are the ‘planners’ of the meridian system – providing a course for the qi to flow.  Emotional manifestations include: indecision, excessive or repressed anger, frustration, irritability, and judgmental nature.  Physical manifestations include: tight shoulders/upper back, eye problems, stiff muscles, jaw problems, sciatica, frequent sighing, allergies, soft/cracked nails, and nausea.

Yoga for the Meridians: Heart/Small Intestine & Bladder/Kidney

hi folks… my post was a little late last week… and a little early this week… but i’m leaving town on thursday, and wanted to get this out before then.   here is the second installment of the meridian yoga series.  let me know if you have questions.  enjoy!

Heart Meridian:  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM // Small Intestine Meridian 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

this pair, arriving right in the ‘heart’ of the day,  deeply connects of our emotional life.  these two meridians work together by taking in and sorting out the ‘pure’ from the ‘impure’.  emotional manifestations include: confusion, anxiety, hysteria, and melancholy.  physical manifestations include:  tightness in the shoulders, headaches, extreme sweating, extreme thirst, cold arms/hands, issues around menopause, and insomnia.
Bladder Meridian 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM // Kidney Meridian 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

as anyone who regularly gets sleepy in the late afternoon can attest to, the bladder and kidney meridians rule the energy/vitality of the body.  it has been said that if you can balance the bladder meridian, you can balance the whole body – one reason, perhaps, that back massage feels so good for ones whole self.  emotional manifestations include:  fear, guardedness, and adaptability.  physical manifestations include:  inflexibility, neck/back/hip pain, headaches, infertility, epilepsy, diabetes, urinary problems, impotence, and edema (swelling).

Yoga for the Meridians: Lung/Large Intestine & Stomach/Spleen

for the next few weeks, i am going to begin to introduce some basic concepts of acupressure and give you a series of yoga postures that help to balance certain meridians (energy lines mapped out in traditional chinese medicine)  in the body.  these are taking from a workbook I created for a workshop that i teach on self acupressure.  if you have a regular yoga practice, you may recognize the names of the poses listed as good ones for each meridian pair.  if not, you can just try to one ‘featured’ posture for each grouping.   for more information about what meridians are and for symptoms that may indicate imbalance in specific meridians, see below.  
postures for the lung/large intestine and stomach/spleen meridians.

Lung Meridian: 3:00AM – 5:00AM  //  Large Intestine Meridian:  5:00AM – 7:00AM

much like the movement of the breath and the bowels, this meridian pair has much to with taking in and letting go. emotional manifestations include: major life changes, difficulty releasing emotion, holding grudges, and uncontrollable releases of emotion.  physical manifestations include:  difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest, shoulder pain, sore throat, coughing, intestinal discomfort and skin outbreaks.

Stomach Meridian:  7:00AM-9:00AM  //  Spleen Meridian:  9:00AM – 11:00AM

this meridian pair is associated with how you digest the stuff of life.   connected to the earth element, these are the meridians that help ground and nourish you.  emotional manifestations include:  worry, sympathy, obsessions, and depression.  physical manifestations include:  menstrual disorders, indigestion, fatigue, acid reflux, and arthritis (specifically of the leg and knee).

there are twelve main meridians in the body mapped out in traditional chinese medicine. they are basically the route that energy moves in the body.  sometimes this energy (known as ‘qi’ or ‘chi’) gets blocked, causing symptoms of imbalance within us.  there are specific points along these lines that can be pressed (in acupressure) or needled (in acupuncture) to help release this blockage and gets things flowing again, akin to pouring draino down a clogged pipe.  the lines can also be stretched, though yoga postures, to help stimulate movement and clear blockages.

there are 12 meridians in all, each corresponding to an organ in the body.  it is said that is takes 24 hours for the qi to make it through the entire body.  it always follows the same path, every day,  showing up in specific meridians at specific times of the day.  so – it can be especially beneficial, but certainly not necessary for effecting change,  to do acupressure or yoga during the times that the qi is moving thru the meridian that you have identified as blocked.

each meridian is paired up with another one, and the two work together.   below i’m listing some possible emotional and physical manifestations that have been traditionally linked to the lung/large intestine and the stomach/spleen pairing.  in the next two weeks, i will add the last 4 pairs.  remember that these are huge concepts with an enormous amount of scholarship available.  this is simply a basic introduction.  also, there are some things listed, breathing practices and points, on the illustrated sheets that i’m not explaining further here.  i’m hoping to get to this later… so if there’s something your really want to know about now, feel free to comment or message me with that – or  any other questions.

Self-Massage Routine

i suspect, if everyone did this every day, i would lose all my massage clients.

… i just got a new printer and added my first scan.  i plan to include my original illustrations much more often now… stay tuned!

Seated Self-Massage Routine

Things to keep in mind while massaging:

*Stay relaxed – especially in the hands, arms, shoulders and face.
*Breathe deeply, in and out thru the nostrils.
*When seated, especially if your spine is rounding and/or your knees are higher than your hips, make sure you are well supported by sitting near the edge of a folded blanket or firm pillow.
*Shake out your hands and arms often between areas that you are massaging.
*Have fun — and go with what feels good!

FEET:  Bring your feet together and allow the knees to fall open away from one another (if needed, but some support underneath each knee.  Start by massaging soles of the feet, toes, and heels.

INNER LEGS: Then use the palms to move up thru the inner leg up to the upper thigh, skipping the area around the knee. (This can be done one leg at a time, with the foot on the floor, if that feels more relaxing.)

OUTER LEGS: Bring feet to the floor with knees bent.  Rub hands up and down the leg, from the hip down to the ankle. If comfortable, make hands in the relaxed fists and pound up and down the leg.  Maintaining the fists, rub vigorously right below the knee on the outside of the leg.

LOWER BACK: Bring feet back together (or take a cross-legged pose, if more relaxing for your body).  Take the fists and vigorously massage the kidney area in the lower back.

BELLY: Then bring your hand to your abdomen, and, starting on the right side near the hip, massage clockwise along the path of the large intestines (up to the rib cage, down towards the naval, back up to the opposite rib cage, and then down toward the left hip). Put palms over the naval, close the eyes and take a few deep breaths. You may want to lie on the your back with your knees bent to get deeper into the belly massage.

CHEST: Massage around the chest area, in between ribs, if comfortable. If you’re feeling sensitive here, do a very light, gentle massage with the palms or finger pads. If not sensitive, you might make fists and tap the whole chest area, Tarzan style.

SHOULDERS: Take one hand to the opposite shoulder and massage however it feels good, grabbing fleshy part of upper shoulder. Then take your open palm, hit the top of the shoulder (not on the bone) and brush down thru the arm all the way thru the hand, doing both front and back of arm. Repeat on the other side.

NECK: Interlock hands behind head, with the pinkie fingers at base of skull. As you inhale open elbows up, lift chest, and look up toward the ceiling. On your exhale, draw the belly in, bring elbows toward on another, press firmly on the sides neck and drop head. Repeat several times with your breath.

FACE: Massage along the jaw line, around the cheeks, and on the forehead. If desired, take open palms and gently slap along the sides of the face.

EARS/SCALP: Massage along the ears, pulling the bottom of the lobes down. Then massage whole scalp, pulling hair if it feels good.

this is a great routine to do in the morning or in the mid-afternoon, or whenever you might be feeling sluggish or tired.   if you are at your desk and can’t do the whole thing – just do the face/ears/scalp… and maybe the lower back – and i promise you’ll feel at least a little better!

**for extra fun, play the divinyls 90’s pop song in the background while trying this exercise.  😉

Frustrated? Shouldering Too Much?

Exercises for Releasing Frustration
Ever have one of those days?  These next qi exercises are helpful in both cleansing the liver and releasing the upper body tension that sometimes comes with frustration (and sometimes, just comes.)  In the first three exercises, it’s important to always keep a slight bend in the elbows to avoid hyper-extension, and only go as fast as feels comfortable for your body (particularly your shoulders).  These exercises are NOT appropriate if you have a dislocated shoulder or other joint instability in your shoulders.
“Swinging Arms, Twisting Spine”: Allow one arm to swing in front of the body, hitting at the opposite side of waist.  At the same time let the other arm swing behind the body, hitting the opposite side of waist, while twisting in that direction.  Swing back and forth in both directions, bending knees when in the center and standing upright while twisting around. Continue for 1-3 minutes.
“Giving Yourself a Hug”: Allow one arm to swing toward the opposite shoulder, letting the hand hit the top of the shoulder (GB 21), while the other arm swings and hits below the opposite armpit on the upper back or side of body. Continue for 1-3 minutes.
“Skiing Qi”:  Bend your knees and come forward bending your elbows and drawing them back like you’re skiing.  Then come up, draw your arms up and come into a little back bend — using momentum continue back and forth.  Continue for a 1-3 minutes.
“Shoulder Drop”: On an inhale thru your nose lift your shoulders as high as you can toward your ears, with clenched fists and arms close to the sides of the body.  If you can do so steadily, lift your heals up off the floor too.  Hold for a moment and then,  with a forceful exhale out thru the mouth, drop the shoulders and heals down and open your hands wide (still facing down).  Repeat several times.
“Punching Out”: In this group of exercises, it’s important to keep your eyes open wide (stimulating the liver) and knees slightly bent.  Punch out with each arm, first to the side, then out in front, then up toward the sky, and finally down towards the ground.  Each time you punch make the sound of “HA” loudly.  Go as quickly or slowly as you feel comfortable doing.  Repeat two or three times, taking a breath or two between each set.  I recommend, if possible,  doing this in a place where you feel comfortable being loud…. or, at the very least, with the door closed.  Your neighbors might be a little concerned, but at least you’ll feel less annoyed.  😉

Breathing for Digestion/Emotions


the following is a really great breathing exercise done lying on your belly

(in the ‘advasana’ yoga position), working with breathing into the second and

third chakras (energy centers). it’s great for digestion, of food and of life,

and to balance your emotional state. it can be practiced anytime – including

right after you’ve eaten (in fact, if you’ve over eaten, this is a great one

for helping your full belly work thru the food).


*lie on your belly with one cheek turned toward the floor

(you may want to put a towel or pillow between your head and the floor)

*place one hand under your lower belly - above the pubic bone, but below
the naval (this is the second chakra).  breathe deeply into your belly -
feel the belly expand and press your belly into your hand as you inhale.
feel the belly contract, drawing it away from the hand and in toward
the spine as you exhale.
*if you like, you can slide the other hand under the first (palm of one hand
and back of the other hand touching).  if that feels good, and you want more
pressure, make the top hand (the one making contact with the belly) into a fist.
*spend at least 1-3 minutes breathing into this area
*bring your hands out, and notice how you feel for a few breaths
*turn your head so the opposite cheek is on the mat, if comfortable.
*slide one hand under your solar plexus region (below the breast bone,
above the naval - this is the thrid chakra).  follow all the same
instructions you did while holding the lower point.
*when complete, stretch back into a child's pose (by pulling your hips
back toward your heels, extending your arms out and letting your head rest)
or, if more comfortable, turn on your back and hug your knees toward your


greetings dear ones –

i’m excited to dive into my first attempt at blogging.  one might think, since i did study journalism in college, that i would have explored this medium before now, but i suppose i have been busy learning and teaching and playing.  now – time for sharing!

a little about myself – i am a yoga teacher, thai massage therapist, acupressurist, singer-songwriter, biker, chanter, dancer, punster… blogger!  i have lived in san francisco for the last 11 years (with a few little breaks living in indiana, vermont,  and colorado).    i don’t much like  to type with capital letters.

i have a website, http://www.vanessaverlee.com,  that has lots of information about my music and yoga/massage business.  you can go there to hear clips, see photos, check out class schedules, find out pricing etc.

but, you can come here to check out little jewels – “om”work if you will, to enhance (or jumpstart) a practice of exploring your relationship with your body, mind and spirit.  think of them as suggestions or assignments, whichever meets your needs.    i will draw from many  different sources – not just yogic.  i plan to include poses, breathing techniques, acupressure points, quotes, meditaiton practices, and more.  i hope to update this at least once a week – more often when i have time.

i encourage you to leave your feedback – and let me know if you’re finding these practices helpful.  stay in touch – with me and yourself!



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