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This Is Your Brain On Trauma & How I Discovered It Through Yoga Nidra 


This Is Your Brain On Trauma & How I Discovered It Through Yoga Nidra 


Trauma has been described in our trauma informed portion of our Yoga Teacher Training as “the inability to be present.” Through numerous evidence based studies shown in a Yoga Nidra “Irest” conference at the Sivananda Ashram, I learned trauma has substantially measurable effects on the brain’s function, particularly the brain stem, called the limbic system.

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Embodying Clear Communication

Embodying Clear Communication

Speak kindly to the waiter, to the grocery store clerk, to your children, to your parents, neighbor, peers, loved ones and friends. Belittling those whose values and morals you do not agree with, constantly judging them, purposefully diminishing or separating yourself from them means they will never listen to you.

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A Soul Fire

A Soul Fire

A Soul fire is the spark of the embers of creation itself. It is the drive of life and the Soul’s willful ignition to exist. We’ve all got it. It’s our innate passion to survive, united with the yearning for meaning and endless conviction. No one has more or less of as it as it is the embers of our beginning, the light that never goes out and the force behind our inspiration.

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The Guru Principle: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The Guru Principle: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

In the story of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy meets many beings on her path whom she seems to not recognize. Her seeking, in studentship, reveals a wealth of teachings. All those who wander are not lost. The map may be more familiar than we currently “think”. There is always an inner teacher within you. It is a Divinely gifted compass.

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Emotional Health: Joy in Unsavory Conditions

Emotional Health: Joy in Unsavory Conditions

Emotions are related to survival, heightening the sympathetic nervous system. Everything we do can further stabilize or destabilize our emotional health. If attended to, our basic self assists us as adults with healthy emotional responses…

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Addiction and Feeling the Pain Body

Addiction and Feeling the Pain Body

Addiction comes in so many forms. Anything from substance abuse, money, success, jealousy, excess, obsessiveness to being needed. This article discusses understanding what the pain body is and how to begin releasing it with gentle guidance using sound therapy, kundalini yoga & meditation.

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Finding Forgiveness Until There is No One To Forgive

Finding Forgiveness Until There is No One To Forgive

If you can’t forgive yet, then don’t. Look to find it. And let forgiveness show you what to do.
Recently I received correspondence from a person I hadn’t intimately spoken to in a few years that I felt I was very close to.  They offered endearing words that somehow tied a bow back onto a broken branch of the heart from a once unified tree between us. The last discussion hadn’t ended bad but it definitely had friction, word throws, differences and core punches.

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Your Audacity To Be Original

Your Audacity To Be Original

I think of myself as original as I do you. Originality is my inherent birth right as it is yours. My overarching resolution is to always rest in my origin, to be my inherent nature. I desire this for you. Originality is a voice, not an echo.

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That’s A Wrap: The Dignity to Fail, Fall & Get Back Up

That’s A Wrap: The Dignity to Fail, Fall & Get Back Up

Our english dictionary defines failure as “to be unsuccessful at accomplishing a purpose.” The etymology of fail comes from the latin “fallure” which is related to the word “deceive” or “fall”. Failing is Falling. No big deal, and great actually! We must also know when the time is right to get back up. Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.

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Svaha: In Stillness We Meet

Svaha: In Stillness We Meet

Svaha, literally translated as “purely spoken”, “letting it go into the fire/of the deity of fire itself,” denotes an ending to any phase or cycle. Commit to my 21 day interactive workbook of assignments, a list of daily recipes in stillness to gain nothing at all but the identity of the indweller of Divinity (kind of a big deal!).

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From Jewish Pool Attendant to The Sacred Arts. In Celebration of 20 years

From Jewish Pool Attendant to The Sacred Arts. In Celebration of 20 years

This was the beginning of what I feel like is me coming home. Now, this year, 2018, I am that. All of the above. I am at home and at peace in the teachings and the invaluable experiences of my colorful, well-established, ever-changing and well-traveled life. I am also celebrating exactly 20 years of teaching yoga and the healing arts FULL TIME!

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Welcome to Swan Talks

Welcome to Swan Talks

Welcome to the developing art of my new website, www.swanmichelle.com and my new blog, Swan Talks. All for your best, most liberated interest, I will be writing, sharing, revealing, singing, recording, and videoing various tonics of inspiration for you to practice. The goal of this website is to act as though we are free, utilizing and experiencing the tools by putting them into action. Our determination to envision and practice daily manifests destiny.

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