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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 …

What is Vinyasa?

With so many styles of yoga emerging it can be difficult to keep them all straight. It doesn’t really help either that styles can vary drastically regionally, studio to studio and teacher to teacher. I practice and teach Vinyasa style yoga and one would be hard pressed to convince me to switch my allegiance. I can see the benefits of …

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Fear of Crowds

I just started reading “Poser, My life in 23 yoga poses” by Claire Dederer and so far I highly recommend it.  People tell me all the time that they are afraid to take a class as a beginner because they don’t want to be the only one struggling or worse, looking foolish.  Only in the most bizarre recesses of our …

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The two most useless emotions

In asana (yoga postures) classes we talk about practicing without ego.  Ego in yoga is like a toddler with a sharp object.  Nothing good can come from it.  Ego breeds injury and separates the student from the kind of inner quiet that asana is so good at cultivating.  Ego in asana is the devil on your shoulder that compels you …