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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 …

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The Dark Side of Yoga

This post is a response to an article published in the NY Times Magazine, Jan 5,2012, How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body. I’ve been reading an important text about yoga called “Light on Yoga” by B.K.S. Iyengar.  This is one of those books that as a teacher of yoga you really feel like you “should” read.  It’s called the “Bible” …

New Grooves: Exploring Samskaras

Happy New Year Dear Yogis.  This is such an exciting time of year for me.  I love the symbolic renewal of a New Year, and all of the possibilities it suggests.  I think others must feel this way too since so many resolve to do something big and grand and so closely held.  A New Years resolution is like admitting …

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How to do Yoga with a fork in your hand

Some might call me crazy, but I think that the practice of yoga is essentially hedonistic.  For years when I practiced yoga I did it for the pay off at the end.  I suffered through the pain and mild boredom for the feeling of calm gratification I would achieve as I laid in savasana.  Slowly though my attitude began to …

Practice Worth

A mudra for reaffirming your worthiness

My intention for this month is to own my experiences on the mat and in all parts of my life.  This practice reminds you of your inherent worth.  I love to take Bhumisparsha mudra when I’m feeling invincible, a fleeting thing for sure.  It’s also nice when I am needing a little encouragement.  Try it out, it takes less than a minute: …

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Practice

Do you ever feel unworthy?  Do you ever describe yourself as a poser or a fake?  Well if you have then you and I have something in common.  At this point the feeling of stepping into a new situation with a “fake it till you make it” attitude is kind of like a warm cozy blanket for me.  Perhaps it’s my …

What’s in a Craving?

Food.  That giver of life and nourishment, object of desire, source of endless inspiration and cause of massive regret and agony.  It seems so simple really.  We eat to live.  We humans need only a few things to survive; oxygen, water, food.  And quite a few more to thrive including; companionship, love, a purpose.  These things seem so separate don’t …