As an author, I am often asked, why did I write my book, or what I hope readers will take away. On reflecting on this question, I realized that writing Breathing Love has been an effort in synthesizing and sharing the best of the past 30 years of my life, my studies, and self-reflection. Through it, I also clarified my strongest determination for the rest of my life – to love completely and with no limits....

To accomplish anything we want in life we need focus, willpower, and self-control to stick with our intention. The Yoga Sutras tell us that by being 'dedicated to self-control, great energy is gained.' (Sutra ii.38) Let's look a little deeper at how we can develop this essential life skill....

Are you your own harshest critic? Are you robbing yourself of joy for the sake of your self-image? If so, this is no way to live life. We are given passions and interests to enjoy and express ourselves through, and ultimately use in service to others....

1. Focus on What Matters Most (Dharana): The holidays always seem to be filled to capacity and it is easy to get overwhelmed. Lovingly say no to excessive activities, and preserve the joy in what you say yes to.  Spend quiet time with your family or friends discussing what is important and meaningful to all of you. What is the simplest, most authentic, most heart centered use of your time and attention? Prioritize that, and let go of the rest....

To be our authentic self, we have to know what that is. Coming from the perspective of Yoga philosophy, which is thousands of years old and a time-tested path to knowing one’s true Self, this journey begins by noting the difference between self (with a small ‘s’) and Self (with a capital ‘S’.)...

A period of personal silence, called mauna, enables us to reconnect with our inner self. We suffer from over-stimulation and being drawn out far too much and too often into worldly concerns and other people’s dramas. By setting aside a time, maybe just a few hours each week, to unplug, get still and be with yourself in quiet refection, much inspiration and self knowledge will be revealed....

"Human relationships are mirrors of our current relationship with Spirit.” Jennie was interviewed by a student asking how this can be true when the other person may be coming from a dysfunctional state and taking their emotions out on you....

People are often confused by the concept of classes or services "by donation." Some wonder what the appropriate or expected amount is to donate and some assume that donation means "free."...

The word "dharma" comes from the Sanskrit root dhri, meaning to "uphold" or to "sustain." Think of it as, "that which upholds or sustains the positive order of things in the Universe." Therefore our personal dharma is our particular perfect place in the Universe....

This week I was invited to jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet, freefall at 120 miles per hour for 9,000 feet and then hope a parachute opens and coast to the ground. Skydiving of course. Hmmmm….what would Yoga have to say about this?...