Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT – When families become factioned, be it the result of divorce or other turmoil, children are often caught in the middle. At no time of year is that more apparent than the holiday season.LynnSomerstein | Decemb
The day the world fell down, when planes turned into guided missiles and people became dust, I walked dazed from my office to hear people talk in the street and try to follow the news. No one could understand the incomprehensible at first.
Then I called my husband and children and made sure they were all right. My daughter in law was in downtown New York, trying to get away, on a bus headed to my house, looking for safety for herself and for her soon to be born baby. She spent the evening with us, then the next day… Continue reading →
I first heard about Yoga in 1960, when I was browsing in the local library one summer and saw a strange book with the picture of a beguiling man, Yogacharya Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar, on the cover. I began studying Yoga using that book. I remember the joy I felt learning urdhva dhanurasana, which I practiced on my mother’s living room floor, right in front of a monstrous TV. I needed a teacher, but there were no Yoga studios in Bayside, Queens, at that time.
In 1968 I moved to Manhattan, where I… Continue reading →
By Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT
The hardware store on Third Avenue has a sign in the window that says, “Sharpen your knives for the holidays.”
Many of us are lucky enough to have joyful holiday celebrations, with loving family, friends, people who are positive, and that’s wonderful—but unfortunately not the universal experience; there’s a down side to many celebrations—not everyone is your friend, and some of those unfriendly people sharpening their knives for the holidays want you to be their turkey.
For example, food is love, right? Well, sometimes it is, when your friend cooks you something special and you… Continue reading →
Matthew has written a lovely book, Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, and also has his own studio, called Mind/Body Solutions
Matthew Sanford was in an auto accident when he was 13. He was in a coma for 3 days, and when he woke up he found out he couldn’t walk. He worked hard with his doctors and physical therapists but felt that he could go farther, and eventually he began yoga training and is now a teacher. I took a workshop with him a few years ago, and his teaching is… Continue reading →