Lake Michigan in January

Embracing the Luxury of Quiet: A Resolution

Dialogue on the luxury of peace and quiet dominates every media platform these days. Influencer conversations from wellness to fashion to architecture all reflect the same message. “Calm is a rare commodity these days,” says Mayer Rus in a recent editorial in Architectural Digest. Amid the lingering disquietude of post pandemic life, peace and quiet has become the new currency of luxury.

Quiet—and the calm it brings us—is a luxury, and worth every cent. But it’s not what we buy or wear or even live in, but rather what we see and hear. And the more noise, the harder it becomes to protect ourselves from the constant barrage of dubious, dramatic or negative images and voices that continuously emanate from our televisions and screens. Does this do us much good? How can it? No wonder the luxury of quiet is so coveted.

Almost a decade ago, The Atlantic noted “peace and quiet come with an increasingly hefty price tag.” Given the growth of every media platform and the inescapable complexity of our world and our connection to it, that cost has increased exponentially today. That’s why I believe finding true peace and quiet must be our new prime directive. Plus, it offers us a realistic path to improved happiness and health.

Now well into 2024, rather than gearing up for the challenges ahead, I remember the most foundational tenet of any sustained practice, whether it’s exercise training, writing, or creating art: taking the time to recover, and rest. Rest doesn’t mean we have to be idle or hold ourselves back. Without challenge, our bodies, our minds—as well as our spirits—become settled, or worse, even complacent. Yet, there is power in calm.

I know I can’t control unrest, inflation or politics; none of us can. But we can make new choices. We can be courageous, challenge ourselves beyond our depth, even “hold ourselves to the difficult” as we try new things in order to grow. But like athletes, we must build in some recovery time from our exertion. Rather than ceasing to challenge ourselves, we can replenish our body’s vitality and our soul’s store of creative energy—to both build and repair. Then, we’re just about in the right place to do something exciting!

So that’s my resolution for 2024: not to lose the joy of responding to the creative energy of my life—and rejuvenate, regularly. What does this look like? The process is different for all of us. But for me it means I will engage in the creative process every day; do a better job of prioritizing so I have more spaciousness and calm in my day; declare my voice; recognize the many blessings I have—and dedicate myself to what’s most important and precious to me. As my friend and Indian poet, Pritish Nandy once said: “Everything returns to itself. I must also come back to me again.”

If you want to join me and make a few changes this year, now is the time to do it. Make the most of this fleeting moment and jump in before the bloom of the new year fades.

I hope the following practices, publications and gifts will help you find calm and be calm—as we need this now more than ever. And in my opinion, finding calm and showering these attributes on your family and friends would be the best gifts you can give yourself and each other this year.

Here’s to hope, healing and a year full of friendship, growth and shared experiences.

Cheers to new beginnings!

Much love,


Yoga with a Bigger Purpose

Mention yoga to most people, and images of svelte women in sleek spandex—most often in physically challenging positions—come to mind. This isn’t surprising given how frequently celebrities, influencers and trendsetters, from hard-charging executives to famous trainers—tout yoga as their workout of choice to stay lithe, limber, strong, resilient and lean. But physical prowess is not the real purpose of yoga. In fact and function, nothing could be further from the truth.

To make this message loud and clear—even though most of us turn to yoga to improve strength, muscle tone and flexibility—it is so much more than a series of exercises. Yoga focuses on a range of mental, physical and spiritual practices that include a philosophical mindset; a wide range of meditation, breathing and chanting techniques; foundational lifestyle skills; and psycho-emotional teachings. In truth, yoga offers endless possibilities and options to protect your health, maintain how you feel and sustain your life.

This 5,000-year-old practice is backed by a profound body of knowledge, experience and substantiated benefits that can help you not only navigate life’s changes with grace and resilience but can also keep you healthy as you age—and that’s a hard proposition to turn down.

Personally, I encourage you to make yoga a part of your journey this year—to take chances and try new things. Explore yoga’s potential in my recent article in Organic Spa Magazine—“The True Ethos of Yoga.

The Yoga Therapy Renaissance (and a gift from me)

Yoga Therapy, an evidence-based practice and the therapeutic application of yoga, is an effective, real-world modality that offers concrete, curative yet practical solutions to so many of the issues and injuries we face today—precisely because it’s based on the same low-tech, accessible and easily mastered practices that underlie yoga. That’s why it’s experiencing a renaissance and is more important now than ever before, as I learned from my research work as Chair of the Global Wellness Institute Yoga Therapy Initiative.

That work inspired me to write a substantial eBook, available for FREE here, with the help of national experts titled “The Yoga Therapy Renaissance: A New Wellness Modality for the 21st Century.”

This publication illuminates Yoga Therapy’s value, history, growth, techniques, applications, credentialing process and potential as an emerging trend in the global wellness economy. But it can also inspire you if you’re on a quest to make changes that will help you find peace and tranquility as well as bring programs and strategies for your industries and communities—to help our world heal, grow and thrive. The perfect place to start may be on the pages of this book!

Download your FREE copy here.

India 1994

Four Breathing Practices to Ease the Path of Uncertainty

Uncertainty can be hard. Sometimes, it can provoke anxiety, apprehension, even fear. The ancients understood this and developed strategies to deal with the difficulties, demands and stresses human beings have faced in their daily lives for millennia.

The science of yogic breathing or pranayama teaches you to use your breath as a vehicle for emotional healing and balance. Research shows that by consciously changing nostril dominance, you can modify the coherence of brain waves between the hemispheres of the brain resulting in powerful changes to your autonomic nervous system.

There are four separate breathing techniques that, when put together in a particular sequence, have the effect of quieting and calming the body and mind, while building confidence and inner strength. Both qualities are necessary to amplify your life and make change happen.

Read the entire article here, as it describes a four-part breathing practice you can do to deliberately change the flow of air by altering the dominant nostril in various rhythmic patterns. This creates powerful health-enhancing effects.

Wrigley Field, 2016

Religion of Sports

Sports is a religion. “No, really,” says Gotham Chopra (who happens to be the son of my world-renowned teacher, friend and colleague Deepak Chopra). “From pilgrimages and cathedrals, gods and fallen angels, holy wars, and holy ghosts, sports has every aspect of organized faith. In fact, it might be even better: all it takes to believe is to stand and cheer.” This is my favorite book of the New Year! Check out Gotham’s and Joe Levin’s new book, Religion of Sports: Navigating the Trials of Life Through The Games We Love.

Miami 2023

Now what?

Call me, really: I’ve thrown out a lot of new concepts and ideas for you to implement in this newsletter. And as I said above, I invite you to read “The Yoga Therapy Renaissance” and experience the benefits Yoga Therapy. Please help us initiate partnerships and programs in your and other industries, including health care, hospitality, education, corporate and wellness settings. Call me for a free consultation on “why Yoga Therapy should be part of the modern healthcare playbook,” or any questions you may have.

Hire me to speak: My signature talks bring ancient and modern science to life with facts, stories, practices and tools to help individuals and organizations reduce stress, depression and anxiety; improve sleep, balance, strength, aching backs, mental health, mood and more.

Download your FREE eBook “The Yoga Therapy Renaissance”

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