Yoga Teacher Playlist Woes… Overcoming Spotify Shuffle

Have you discovered Spotify yet? If you are a yoga teacher it’s the absolute best for creating playlists. Unfortunately though, you have to pay for it… It’s $10 a month for Spotify Premium. If you are a yoga teacher who plays music though it’s likely the cheapest option out there. The library is pretty stellar and searching for fresh music …

Role of Pain

Mandy Ryle Yoga

I recently read an article about the role of pain in the popular style of yoga, Astanga, popularized by Pattabi Jois. This style of yoga is the grandfather of the Vinyasa that I teach, but the strict Astanga style often gets a bad rap because of it’s dogmatic rigidity and the frequency of injury among its practitioners. The author of …

Span of Progress

"I've said before that the span of progress on the spiritual path is about one body length. We take a step, and we fall flat on our faces, because it was another impure trip. So we pull ourselves up, and we take the next step -- and we fall on our faces again. That seems to be about the rate at which we go. [...] But you keep tuning and tuning-- through study, through meditation, through falling on your face. Andy slowly, slowly, as your methods start to work, your attachment to the whole business starts to get less and less. After all, the ego can only trap you as long as you think you are it...."

Your Soul

"In the beginning, the middle and the end it is you and you only. So live well in your inner peace and inner strength. And when you feel weak, call on your soul, your best friend."

Where the Magic Happens

Where the Magic Happens

My passion as a teacher of asana and yoga in general, is the breath. This has not changed in all of the years I’ve been teaching despite the many incarnations my style has taken. Maybe it comes from my 16 years spent as a professional musician and teacher of singing. I’ve loved the mechanics of breath and the usefulness of …

Own it

Own It.

Every now and then I am smart enough to take my own advice. It doesn’t happen often enough and when it does it’s definitely a forehead slap kind of moment. I was ill for several days last week, just a nasty virus, but miserable still. About a day after my fever broke I decided to go to the gym. It …

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Is Yoga really for everyone?

Is yoga really for everybody?

 “Yoga is for everyone!” Certainly you’ve heard this phrase uttered before; I’ve said it, and meant it.  But 6 years of teaching yoga full-time, now owning a yoga studio and directing a teacher training has been informative, and a little disappointing in this regard.  The fact is, this phrase which seems to be so inclusive is misleading and misguided despite …

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Living Yoga…

In a culture that is obsessed with transformation I worry that living one’s yoga has become synonymous with some sort of necessary life fix.  I for one will continue to practice yoga in this New Year, and in subsequent New Years not because yoga teaches us that we need to be fixed, but because it teaches us that we are …

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Practice makes Perfect

I’ve neglected my blog  for several months now.  Since the last time I blogged I have opened my own yoga studio and have had little time for planning and writing.  Oh how I’ve missed it.  I didn’t realize what a great outlet it had become for me until I couldn’t do it any more.  The irony is that I have …

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Mistakes were made

We took risks, we knew we took them.  Things have come out against us.  We have no cause for complaint.  Robert Frost As I write this a key is laying on the table near me.  This key symbolizes a chance for me and the culmination of a great deal of hard work done and yet to be done.  When it …