Author Archives: Tracy Weber

Taking a Blogatical

Thanks to all of you who continue to follow my blog and other writings.  The rest of this year is going to be crazy-busy for me, as I start my new adventure learning to work in animal behavior.  Along with my “real” job teaching yoga and running yoga teacher trainings, I’ll be heads down in final edits for my next Downward Dog Mystery, which is now available for pre-order and will release on January 8!

Add to that attending the Northwest School of Canine Studies and pursuing a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior at the University of Washington, and I will be a busy lady.

I’ll still post updates and news on the blog, but not weekly.  If you have specific topics you’d like me to consider writing about, please let me know at Tracy@TracyWeber.net or in a comment on this article.

Otherwise, Ana and I will still be on Facebook, and we hope to see you there!  Have a lovely fall, everyone!

Tracy and Ana!

 

Birthdays can be Murder!

By Kate Davidson of Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog Mystery Series

Hi all! Kate Davidson here from Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog Mystery Series. Tracy asked me to drop by and wish her hubby, Marc, a happy birthday! So here it is …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARC!

Tracy would tell you how old he is, but he’d probably knock her flat on her sits bones, so she’s keeping that special number a big secret.

Speaking of husbands, I should give some credit to my own better half, Michael Massey. It’s not his birthday, but he certainly deserves some attention, since he’s not getting much of it from me lately. I mean sure, we hang out together, and I love him more than anything else in life, except maybe for my German shepherd, Bella. But our marital lovemaking has become rather, well, scheduled, lately. We’ve been trying for almost a year now, and no baby so far. I’m beginning to wonder if we might have fertility issues.

Which is why I probably shouldn’t have agreed to start a yoga program at Teen Path HOME, a Seattle youth center for homeless youth. I love working with the kids and I think I can help them, but nothing in their lives is stress free. I’ve become particularly attached to Rainbow, a sixteen-year-old who is a phenomenal artist.

I’m worried about her, though. She’s been hanging around this teenage boy who I’m almost positive is dealing drugs, and she seemed really upset the last time I saw her in class. I’d like to help her, but I’m not sure what I can do. At least this time I’m not wrapped up in the middle of a murder investigation…

Wait. Is there any wood around here to knock on? I hope I didn’t just jinx myself. Please pretend I didn’t say anything and wish Tracy’s hubby a happy birthday!

If you want to read about Bella’s and my newest adventure, meet Rainbow and find out if I get mixed up in murder, please pre-order Tracy’s newest Downward Dog Mystery, Murder Likes It Hot.

ENJOY!

Pre-Meditated Murder the fifth Downward Dog Mystery, is available now!  Go on, buy yourself a copy.  You know you want to!  Book 6, Murder Likes it Hot, will be out on January 8, 2019!

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It’s a Cover Reveal!

I’m so behind on revealing the cover for my upcoming mystery, Murder Likes It Hot, that it’s already available for pre-order.  So, without further ado, here are the cover and blurb!

Newly married yoga instructor Kate Davidson feels stuck in low-energy limbo despite her high-energy life. She’s trying to conceive a child, keep her studio afloat now that the ultra-cheap Some Like It Hot Yoga studio has opened across the street, and start a yoga program at a local resource center for homeless youth.

When a center employee is found dead, Kate sets aside her fertility and financial woes to delve into the world of teenage homelessness. While digging for clues with her German shepherd, Bella, Kate discovers that family can be formed by bonds stronger than shared DNA, and she must defend it at all costs.

I learned a lot in researching this book, and I hope to bring attention to some of the unique issues facing homeless teens in Seattle, especially those younger than 18.  Please pre-order it, if you are so inclined, and if you read it, let me know what you think!

Love to you as always.

Tracy Weber

It’s an Annual Blog Top 5!

Hi all!  Every year in August, I take a look at the blog posts that have been read the most in the prior 12 months.  For the past year, it’s been all about yoga!  This isn’t surprising, since I was lucky enough to have a selection of my articles  placed in several prominent yoga sites.

For your reading pleasure, here are the five articles people around the world requested the most:

If you have anything you’d like me to write about, please let me know in the comments.

Namaste!

Tracy Weber

My newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder is available now  in e-book and paper back copies everywhere! Check this link for some local ideas. http://tracyweberauthor.com/buy_premeditated.html

 

 

 

Mystery and Mayhem—Animal Style!

Hi all!  Today is my inaugural post on Pens Paws and Claws!  Check it out and learn the real-life stories that have inspired my fiction. Horses, and cows, and kitties and crows–oh my!Check it out at https://wp.me/p908hl-mH.  Enjoy!

Tracy Weber

My newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder is available now  in e-book and paper back copies everywhere! Check this link for some local ideas. http://tracyweberauthor.com/buy_premeditated.html

Refilling Your Energy Bucket: A Meditation

A Note from Tracy:  Research has proven that yoga is an effective tool to help overcome depression, according to  this article recently published in Harvard Health Publishing.  Effective yoga practices to combat depression are about more than movement, however.  Breath and meditation are equally, if not more, important.  In this series of articles, I will share six practices (some movement, some breath, and some meditation) from my series Overcoming Depression with Yoga.  Enjoy!

For many of my clients, depression  manifests as a lack of energy. Energy to do the things they love, energy to take care of themselves, energy to live life to the fullest. We all have things in our life that deplete our energy, just like the holes that drain water from the bucket above.  Some energy drains can be avoided, but others are necessary, such as earning an income and taking care of  loved ones.  If we can’t plug the holes, then we need to find ways to refill our bucket.

The meditation below is designed to help you reconnect with with everything that brings you joy.

Filling Your Energy Bucket Meditation:

  1. Sit comfortably with your spine erect and the crown of your head floating up to the ceiling, or lie comfortably in a position that allows you to be pain free yet still alert.
  2. Allow your eyes to close and notice your breath—without intentionally trying to change it.  Bring your attention to the sensation of movement in your belly as you breathe in and out.
  3. After 2 – 3 minutes or whenever you feel ready, begin imagining all the things in life that fill you with energy and give you joy.  Examples include people you love, hobbies or things you enjoy doing, gifts of nature, or even something as simple as a hot bath or time spent resting in front of a crackling fire.   Let these thoughts float through your awareness as images, sensations, smells, or whatever else has the most power for you.
  4. If your mind wanders to anything else,  bring it back to the sensation of the breath.  Then re-focus your attention on all of the things in life that bring you energy and joy.
  5. After several minutes ask yourself one or both of the following questions:
    • How I can increase energy and foster joy and community in my life?
    • What actions can I take to invite more energy, joy, and gratitude into my daily life?
  6. When you become distracted by other thoughts, simply notice those thoughts without frustration.  Then, with your next inhale, invite your attention to the above questions again.
  7. Continue this meditation for 10 minutes or longer if you’d like.

Enjoy, and if you’re interested in learning more about my private yoga therapy practice and yoga teacher training, visit my website at http://svanayogaseattle.com/

Tracy Weber

My newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder is available now  in e-book and paper back copies everywhere! Check this link for some local ideas. http://tracyweberauthor.com/buy_premeditated.html

Nadi Sodhana (Alternate Nostril) Breathing to Overcome Depression

A Note from Tracy:  Research has proven that yoga is an effective tool to help overcome depression, according to  this article recently published in Harvard Health Publishing.  Effective yoga practices to combat depression are about more than movement, however.  Breath and meditation are equally, if not more, important.  In this series of articles, I will share six practices (some movement, some breath, and some meditation) from my series Overcoming Depression with Yoga.  Enjoy!

According to the yoga teachings, the nadis are energetic pathways that are similar to meridians in Chinese medicine.  The simple breath practice below balances these energy pathways, which is especially important when trying to overcome depression.  Try this breath practice, and let me know what you think!

Nadi Sodhana (Alternate Nostril) Breathing:

  1. This breath practice must be done seated. Begin by sitting comfortably on a chair or on the floor with the spine in a neutral (extended) position.
  2. Lengthen both the inhale and exhale, making them approximately equal.
  3. After several breaths, begin the alternate nostril breathing technique described below.
    • Raise your right hand, folding down your index and middle finger, as in the photo above. Seal your right nostril at the bottom of the nostril flap with your right thumb.  Partially valve the left nostril with your ring finger near the cartilage. Inhale through the partially valved left nostril.
    • At the end of the inhale, close the left nostril with the ring finger and partially valve the right nostril at the groove near the sinuses.  Exhale through the partially valved right nostril.
    • Inhale through that same valved (right) nostril.
    • Seal your right nostril at the bottom of the nostril flap with your right thumb. Partially valve the left nostril with your left finger and slowly exhale through the partially valved left nostril.
  4. For the next 12 breaths, continue this process, changing the valved nostril  with each breath.
    • Inhale through a partially valved left nostril
    • Exhale through a partially valved right nostril
    • Inhale through a partially valved right nostril
    • Exhale through a partially valved left nostril
  5. Repeat this nostril breathing technique for 5 or more minutes. Always finish by exhaling through the partially valved right nostril.
  6. Release the nostril technique and take a few lengthened breaths through both nostrils.
  7. When you feel ready, take 6 or more breaths to bring your breath back to a new natural rhythm.
  8. Notice any changes you feel after this practice. What is the new natural pattern of your breath? Notice the balance of your mind and your mental focus. try to bring this awareness of breathing to the rest of your day.

This breath practice looks funny and sounds complex, but it’s actually very simple.  Give it a try, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

Enjoy, and if you’re interested in learning more about my private yoga therapy practice and yoga teacher training, visit my website at http://svanayogaseattle.com/

Tracy Weber

My newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder is available now  in e-book and paper back copies everywhere! Check this link for some local ideas. http://tracyweberauthor.com/buy_premeditated.html

Finding Balance: A Movement Practice to Integrate the Right and Left Hemispheres of the Brain

A Note from Tracy:  Research has proven that yoga is an effective tool to help overcome depression, according to  this article recently published in Harvard Health Publishing.  Effective yoga practices to combat depression are about more than movement, however.  Breath and meditation are equally, if not more, important.  In this series of articles, I will share six practices (some movement, some breath, and some meditation) from my series Overcoming Depression with Yoga.  Enjoy!

If you ever experience mental fog or have difficulty focusing, the 15-minute movement practice below can help. It’s great for preparing the brain to study, teaching your mind to focus, or simply clearing away the doldrums.  Enjoy!

Practice in good health! Next week I’ll share a breath practice that further integrates the right and left hemispheres of the brain.  If  you’re interested in learning more about my private yoga therapy practice and yoga teacher training, visit my website at http://svanayogaseattle.com/

Tracy Weber

My newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder is available now  in e-book and paper back copies everywhere! Check this link for some local ideas. http://tracyweberauthor.com/buy_premeditated.html

Light In, Fog Out Meditation

A Note from Tracy:  Research has proven that yoga is an effective tool to help overcome depression, according to  this article recently published in Harvard Health Publishing.  Effective yoga practices to combat depression are about more than movement, however.  Breath and meditation are equally, if not more, important.  In this series of articles, I will share six practices (some movement, some breath, and some meditation) from my series Overcoming Depression with Yoga.  Enjoy!

The meditation below helps you invite in positive energy while releasing all that doesn’t serve you.  Enjoy!

Light in, Fog Out Meditation:

  1. Sit comfortably, with your spine erect and the crown of your head floating up to the ceiling.
  2. Allow your eyes to close and notice your breath—without intentionally trying to change it. Bring your attention to the sensation of movement in your belly as you breathe in and out.
  3. After 2 – 3 minutes or whenever you are ready, begin imagining the breath as energy.
  4. Breathe in, and imagine that all of the positive energy of the universe enters your body with the breath. Visualize this energy as a pure, white light that pervades every cell and fiber of your being.
  5. Breathe out, and imagine that all your negative energies—sadness, tiredness, mistakes and misunderstandings—leave your body with the breath. Visualize these negative energies as either a black smoke or a vaporous fog that leaves with your exhale, goes out into space, and completely dissolves and disappears.
  6. When your mind is distracted by other thoughts, simply notice them. Then with your next inhale, breathe in the pure, white, positive energy and begin the meditation again.
  7. Continue this meditation for 10 minutes or longer if you’d like.

Next week I’ll share a movement practice that helps build focus and integrates the right and left hemispheres of the brain.  If you’re interested in learning more about my private yoga therapy practice and yoga teacher training, visit my website at http://svanayogaseattle.com/

Thanks!

Tracy Weber

My newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder is available now  in e-book and paper back copies everywhere! Check this link for some local ideas. http://tracyweberauthor.com/buy_premeditated.html

Full Torso Breathing to Combat Depression

A Note from Tracy:  Research has proven that yoga is an effective tool to help overcome depression, according to  this article recently published in Harvard Health Publishing.  Effective yoga practices to combat depression are about more than movement, however.  Breath and meditation are equally, if not more, important.  In this series of articles, I will share six practices (some movement, some breath, and some meditation) from my series Overcoming Depression with Yoga.  Enjoy!

The simple breath practice below can be done seated or lying.  Doing it seated will provide a subtly more energizing effect. The practice is balanced enough that it can be done any time of day.  If you practice it regularly, you will create greater balance in your life.  (And who doesn’t want more of that?)

Full Torso Breathing

  1. Come to a comfortable seated or lying position. Place one hand on your belly below your navel and the other on your chest near your collar bones.
  2. Notice the natural pattern of your breath.   How long or short is your breath?  How full or shallow?  How smooth or rough?  Notice which hand moves first. The top or the bottom?  Do you feel more expansion in the chest or the belly?
  3. Now, modify your natural breath pattern. Imagine that you inhale into your top hand first, then then expand your belly as if you could breathe into your bottom hand. With each exhale, pull in your belly and feel your bottom hand move toward your spine.
  4. Gradually, over several breaths, lengthen both your inhale and exhale.  Continue to imagine that you can breathe into your entire torso, including the collar bones, ribs and belly.   If your inhale is longer than your exhale, shorten it until both are equal.  The inhale should not be longer than the exhale and at no time should you strain your breath.
  5. Once you reach a lengthened breath, breathe at this rate for approximately 5 minutes. With each inhale, imagine that you breathe into the top hand first, then the bottom.  With each exhale, pull in your abdominal muscles.
  6. After about 5 minutes, gradually return your breath to a natural rhythm.
  7. Notice the new natural pattern of your breath.   What differences do you feel from the beginning of practice?  How long or short is your breath now?  How full or shallow?  How smooth or rough? Do you feel more expansion in the chest or the belly than you did at the beginning of the practice?    Relish this new breath rhythm and carry this awareness of breathing to the rest of your day.

I hope you find this practice useful.  Next week I’ll share one of my favorite meditations for conquering depression.  If you’d like to learn more about  private yoga therapy  and yoga teacher training, visit my website at http://svanayogaseattle.com/

Tracy Weber

My newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder is available now  in e-book and paper back copies everywhere! Check this link for some local ideas. http://tracyweberauthor.com/buy_premeditated.html