By the time she was 30 years old, “Roberta” was the mother of a beautiful baby boy she was crazy about—but about her husband “Harry,” the baby’s father, not so much; Roberta had more than enough of Harry. They fought all the time, and Harry was about done with Roberta, too. Their fights started getting physical; once, Harry threw a wooden salad bowl at Roberta, striking her in the chest, but this was an isolated case. Neither of their families provided help of any kind.
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Defining Moments For Therapists
If therapy is a relational process, it takes a person on the therapist’s end. The goal of the project is to capture the therapist’s evolving sense of self as it is shaped by our experiences as active participants in a creative interaction.
The essays in this book are first-person accounts, by eleven therapists, of some “Aha!” moments when they got to understand themselves better, and to understand better why they do what they do.
Publication date: April 18, 2013
The book will be available for sale: - as a regular book, on Amazon,… Continue reading →
By Dr. Lynn Anjali Somerstein, RYT
What’s better- yoga at home or in class? I think they both work. It’s lovely to follow the teacher’s sequences and be with your yoga friends—but an integral part of developing understanding of yourself and of yoga is establishing a home practice, tailor made for you and easily available, at home or away. All you need is motivation–that’s the hard part.
I love yoga, and if I was a really inspired yogini, instead of my occasionally reluctant self, I would always be motivated to practice asana, meditation and pranayama, but I… Continue reading →
Happy Holidays is the refrain from November until January, and often they are very happy times of closeness with family and friends, but this is not true for everyone. Holidays can be disappointing and painful if you’re in the midst of family turmoil caused by divorce, death, or simply bad feelings between people. Families can break into factions, the ins and the outs, and the outs feel just that, left out and unwanted.
If you have the bad luck to fall into a category like that, then every time someone wishes you happy holidays you might feel worse than if… 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 →