Anna Befort

Practice Series: Let the Rebel Spirit Move You

The theme for this month’s practice series is the REBEL. The last two weeks, we’ve explored our rebel selves through writing and vocal exercise. This week we’re taking a different approach—dropping deep into the body to connect with that rebel spirit

Practice Series: What Does Your Inner Rebel Want to Say?

The theme for this month’s practice series is the REBEL. Last spring, my interactions with a challenging collaborator pushed me to the brink. I’d spent months swallowing how I felt in order to keep the peace. But on that April day,

Practice Series: Strengthen Your Intuition Through Everyday Use

The theme for this month’s practice series is INTUITION. Author Clarissa Pinkola Estés calls intuition “the direct messenger of the soul.” But what if you’re having trouble getting the message?   Our intuition can get masked or muffled in many ways:

Practice Series: A Brain Scientist’s Advice for Letting Go

The theme for this month’s practice series is LETTING GO.  We’ve all been there before: Your mom (or dad, or partner, or child) says something that upsets you, and suddenly your defenses are up and emotion floods your body. Or someone

Practice Series: Surrender into Softness with Ragdoll Pose

The theme for this month’s practice series is LETTING GO.  The things we hold onto metaphorically often have a way of showing up in our physical bodies too. For example, when I hold on tightly to a sense of control—rather than

Conscious Culture: A Sweet New Album for Cozy Fall Days

The first time I listened to Undlin & Wolfe’s new album, I found myself replaying the last two songs again and again, caught between the soulfulness of “Heart of the Wood” (particularly at the 2:45 mark, when singer Siri Undlin lets

Practice Series: Don’t Delay Gratitude

The theme for this month’s practice series is GRATITUDE.  A few weeks ago, I was feeling melancholy after the culmination of a big event I’d spent months planning (which, by all measures, was a success). I decided I wanted to find

5 Quick Yogic Ways to Avoid Imminent Meltdown

As a recovering perfectionist, I have a tendency to be overly scheduled and then collapse in a heap on my couch, exhausted and depleted (and occasionally a bit anti-social). However, as a yoga teacher, I’m also aware of the little

Practice Series: What Do You Long to Say to the World?

The theme for this month's Practice Series is VOICE.  So far, we've explored more primal ways of voicing and the emotions and fears that hold us back from fully giving voice.   This week, we’re moving in a new direction:

Why Driving Stick-Shift Makes Me Feel Bad-Ass

I belong to the sisterhood of stick-shift women. We seem to gravitate toward each other. There’s a look of recognition, a nod of respect, a knowing laugh when we meet. It’s like a secret club.  I learned to drive on

Practice Series: Release Your Voice

The theme for this month's Practice Series is VOICE. Over the next five weeks, we'll explore our creative voice, cultivate self-expression, and hone the ability to mindfully speak our truth.   In our everyday lives, we sometimes keep a sound barrier around

Practice Series: Listen to Your Heart

The theme for this month's Practice Series is LISTENING. This three-minute practice is designed to help you cultivate a greater connection with your own aliveness. When we take the time to listen to our heart rhythm in this elemental way, we become

Practice Series: Take 7 Minutes to Feel Your Creative Flow

The theme for this month's Practice Series is CREATIVE SPARK. It’s finally springtime in the northern hemisphere, and life is bursting forth around us. It’s a powerful time of growth, creation, and creativity.  This week’s seven-minute practice will help you