pain science ted talk

Lorimer Moseley is a leading expert on studying pain in humans, so interesting and he’s got a great sense of humor:

Yoga this week!

A few extra classes this week, join me if you can!

Thursday 730am: Yoga @ Long Lake in Littleton, weather permitting, $12 drop in (payable to Littleton Rec)

Saturday 9am: All levels, Millworks:

Sunday 7am: 75 minute Power Yoga at the Loft, RCY in Acton:

Chillin’ at Long Lake

Save our Soles

Couple Yogis have mentioned foot pain lately. I’m a big fan of Jill Millers; The Roll Model method. Since we practice Yoga with bare feet, the practice alone is great for keeping our feet healthy, the Yoga tune up balls are an excellent addition to a movement practice. Here’s a sequence I do frequently from the book, and then I might add on another for shoulder, hip, neck etc. if you don’t have the tune up balls, try a tennis or lacrosse ball:

Daily Mindfulness

I though I’d share this 40 day mindfulness course I came across with 2 of my favorite Meditation teachers, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. It’s free! I’m on day 2, and am really enjoying it:

In studio Classes Are back!

I’m looking forward to getting back to the the studio, safely, of course.

Starting April 3rd, Saturday morning classes will resume at the Millworks Studio. We’ll keep the classes small to start, we’ll wear masks, and if you’re not ready to come back in person yet, no worries, we’ll Zoom you in. To register for in person, or Zoom:

Hip and Heart opener

Anyone else doing some serious binge watching lately?? I have! This week’s practice has been working on front of the hip, and the shoulders, balancing the stretch with the strength, counteracting all that Netflix time:) Join me live:

Here’s a recording of class for those who can’t make the 9 am time, link will be active for a week, let me know what you think, and also, what you’ve been watching:

Topic: Hips and Hearts
Start Time : Dec 4, 2020 08:54 AM

Meeting Recording:

Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving is a little different this year, but the sentiment remains the same, grateful. Hoping you all have a peaceful day tomorrow.

Yes, there will be class Friday and Saturday, if you would like to practice, but can’t make class, register and I’ll send you the recording:

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HIIT and NIDRA Tuesday on the ZOOOOOOM:

I have a feeling I’ll be a bit anxious on Tuesday… join me at 8am for a calorie torching Zoom Yoga Sculpt Session, followed by a 30 minute Guided meditation (Yoga Nidra) to escape it all. Free, sign up for one or both! Invite your friends, we need this!

Also, new this week, 3 weeks of Mindful Strength on Thursdays at 8am, also, no cost, but limited to 5 people that think they might be able to join all 3 sessions. We’ll start with progressive push up strength, and if there’s interest and you’re noticing results, we’ll keep at it! This is truly an all levels class.

Register here:

Nara Park

Schedule Update:

Hi All, how’s everyone doing?? If you’re looking for some Yoga, here’s this weeks schedule, I’ll re-share Friday nights Boston Children’s Hospital fundraiser also:

Lelia is subbing Monday at 9, Millworks members, use code Millworks to register and get the Zoom link.


Lelia at Long Lake

Dopamine fasting: It’s a thing

You know that feeling when you just have to check that text message, or see what what the notification light is all about? You reach for your phone when you know you shouldn’t, like at a red light (guilty!) You’re brain is seeking a dopamine hit, and your phone is happy to oblige. Dopamine is a brain chemical, a hormone and also a neurotransmitter that sends signals to other cells. Its the main chemical activated in reward motivated behaviors, it’s our get up and go, and not a bad thing at all.

I got the idea of a dopamine cleanse from last month’s Yoga Journal Article, AND then I watched the Social Dilemma on Netflix (highly recommend). The fast can just be a few hours of relaxing and reading a book, go for a walk (more like a stroll, no checking steps, or closing rings required). I now realize how many times I pick up the phone, check the email to see if there’s any new dopamine morsels there, scroll the news and Facebook, looking for that something that satisfies, well, nothing really! Like in meditation, the practice is the noticing. Notice when you feel that urge to scroll, and can you pause, breathe and notice the sensations in your body, and what is it that you really want? Is it boredom, do you seek connection, how else can you satisfy those cravings? I know, how about Yoga:)

Yoga this week: extra early morning classes at RCY: Subbing Saturday and Sunday: 7-815

Or book directly with Deirdre McWade Yoga: