Rhoda Miriam Since becoming a yoga practitioner in 1991, I've discovered that a slow and mindful yoga practice, one that includes breath awareness, gentle movement, relaxation and meditation, can help address the issues that people with chronic pain, tension and anxiety often experience. In my own life, I have used these practices to alleviate symptoms of arthritis. As a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 hour teacher, my formal training includes advanced certifications as a professional-level yoga instructor from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, as an iRestÂ® Yoga Nidra teacher from Richard Miller at the Integrative Restoration Institute, as a Relax and RenewÂ® Restorative Yoga trainer from Judith Hanson Lasater, and as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and mentor. When I practice and when I guide others, I bring attention to how the benefits of slowing down create opportunities to experience the more mindful aspects of yoga, those which offer deep relaxation and an authentic connection to our own inner wisdom. For me, yoga is about ongoing self-awareness, so that what is discovered during an asana or meditation practice can be applied to my daily life. My intention for myself, and in supporting others, focuses on living a life that embraces balance and harmony. My aim is to encourage a conscious state of relaxed awareness, a place from which to experience and appreciate life with full attention and as mindfully and compassionately as possible in each moment. For more information, visit my website at www.yogaforslowliving.com.