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    Enneagram Compatibility in Relationships–What Types Go Well Together

      Enneagram Compatibility: The Theory   After people learn their own Enneagram type, the next question I invariably get asked is “what types go well together?” or “who should I be with?” Everyone wants to know. The answer is that all type combinations can be happy together if both partners have high levels of self-awareness. And the reverse is true. All combinations may struggle if both people have a lack of self-awareness. Enneagram compatibility is more about similar levels self-awareness than it is about personality type. The basic guidelines are: Two highly self-aware people have the best chance of success. Two highly unaware people may be able to continue in…

  • Enneagram,  Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    Blog Table of Contents (over 70 articles)

    My Story Connecting the Dots: How I Went from Being a San Francisco CFO to an Athens Yoga Instructor   Kundalini Yoga (19 articles) Three Approaches for Emerging from the Pandemic: A Yogic Perspective How a 5-Minute Movement Break Can Improve Your Focus  (YogaToday) If Happiness is Your Birthright, Your Energy is Your Passport (3HO) What A Daily Meditation Practice Can Do For You (YogaToday) I’ve Practiced Kundalini Yoga Daily For The Last 12 Years. Here’s What I’ve Learned… The Four Basics Characteristics of the Mind The Coronavirus: A Yogic Perspective How This Simple Three-Minute Practice Can Make Your Lockdown Better On Gurus Why Meditate? Kundalini Yoga 101 Kundalini Yoga…

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    Three Reasons It Can Be Hard to Feel Loved By Your Type 5 Partner

    Type 5, the Investigator is the intellectual deep-diver of the Enneagram. Curious, insightful, and cerebral, this mind can have sparks of genius and from vaccines to personal computers, Type 5s often lead the way with innovation. But if these folks are so insightful and observant, why is it those closest to them often feel neglected? Let’s take a closer look at the habit of attention of Type 5s.   With a mental focus that moves towards scarcity and concerns about being overwhelmed without adequate resources, Type 5s spend a lot of time managing the demands of the outside world. When Type 5s are highly self-aware, this habit of attention relaxes,…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    Three Approaches for Emerging from the Pandemic (and Which is Best): a Yogic Perspective

    Back in March of 2020, I wrote a blog post called “The Coronavirus from a Yogic Perspective.” It was one of the most popular pieces I’ve written, having been shared over 1,000 times and having been read by tens of thousands of people. Why? Because back then, it was really confusing to know what to do. We’d never been through a pandemic before, there was a tremendous amount of uncertainty, and some of the things that we’ve subsequently gotten used to, like lockdowns, curfews, and mask-wearing, seemed straight out of a horror movie.   Now we face a new set of firsts as the restrictions that have kept us mostly…

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    The Enneagram and Astrology – is there a correlation between the ancient personality system and your Zodiac sign?

    As an Enneagram trainer and coach, one of the most common questions I get asked is:   “Is the Enneagram connected to astrology and the Zodiac?”   It’s an interesting question and ever since the Enneagram entered the mainstream back in the 1970s, there seems to be an almost irresistible desire to link the Enneagram with the Zodiac. It’s a hot topic with a wide range of opinions. Some go as far as to claim the Enneagram is a simplified version of astrology while others say it is ridiculous to even look for a connection.   Let’s explore the two systems and how they might, or might not, correlate to…

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    The Four Things Enneagram Type 7s Absolutely Need to Be Happy

    Type 7 is the enthusiastic, adventure-seeker of the Enneagram with a habit of attention that tilts to the bright side. While friends and family might describe Type 7s as happy-go-lucky and relentlessly positive, they don’t often see the anxiety that’s running just below the surface. But the dark cloud of anxiety is there, and if Type 7s seem to have an almost supernatural amount of energy, it is because this drive to be on-the-go is a subconscious strategy to keep them out of anxiety’s reach. After all, it’s hard to hit a moving target.   As a Type 7 myself, I know this psychology well. Before I learned about the…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    How A 5-Minute Movement Break Can Improve Your Focus

    When you’re feeling overwhelmed at work or experiencing an afternoon slump, chances are your mind and body could benefit from a short break.   Ben Greenfield, a biohacker, human performance consultant, and New York Times bestselling author talks about the importance of taking “movement snack breaks” during your workday. According to Ben, movement is one of the most important aspects of aging well, staying fit, and reaching optimal levels of physical and mental performance. In its simplest terms, more movement equates to a better life, and more movement is within everyone’s reach. That’s the good news.   The bad news is that with our sedentary lifestyle and pandemic lockdowns, we’re…

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    What the Obamas Can Teach Us About the Type 1/Type 9 Enneagram Couple

    Michelle Obama is the most admired woman in the United States, according to the 2020 Gallup Poll, and her husband Barack was the 44th President and first African American President of the United States. They’re an impressive couple, but what can the most admired woman and the former President of the United States teach us about relationships? Using the lens of the Enneagram, it turns out quite a lot.   While we know it is risky to guess the Enneagram type of people who haven’t typed themselves, we’ll talk about how specific behaviors align with Enneagram type.   Michelle Obama as a Type 1 Always looking for improvement and pushing herself…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    If Happiness Is Your Birthright, Your Energy is Your Passport

    My first Kundalini Yoga teacher, Siri Vedya, would always start his classes with a brief discussion about life. He would talk about practical day-to-day issues as well as more advanced philosophical concepts. While I loved the full 90 minutes of his classes, his lecture was my favorite part.   One day he announced that we were starting a “happiness series,” and explained that there were different steps required to reach happiness. The first step, he said, was our energy.   “You need energy to be happy. Without enough energy, it will be very difficult to enjoy your life and to accomplish the things you are here on planet Earth to…

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    How the Enneagram Can Help Create Diversity in the Workplace

    Applying the Enneagram personality test in the workplace is one of the most powerful tools you can use to improve office communication and strengthen team dynamics. But like all powerful tools, it can be misused, and one common misconception is that it might be efficient to eliminate various Enneagram types from specific jobs or teams.   This is a misunderstanding, and in fact, the opposite is true. If used properly, the Enneagram illustrates the important gifts of each type, and it highlights why personality type diversity is key to a balanced, high functioning workplace. You can think of each Enneagram type as having unique superpowers and if any of the…

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    How To Nail a Job Interview, Based on Your Enneagram Type

    Not only did the Covid-19 pandemic disrupt the way many of us work, it also changed the recruitment process for both companies and candidates. As if job searching wasn’t difficult enough, now we also have to navigate online interviews, often under challenging circumstances. Studies indicate that less than 35 percent of communication is strictly verbal. So, it can be easy to feel like you’re at a big disadvantage when you’re trying to connect with someone in a two dimensional space.   That’s the bad news.   The good news is you aren’t alone. Everyone is facing these same challenges. Even HR teams and hiring managers are having to get used…