Transition, Change, Integration

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Happy New Year To You. How was your transition from 2017 to 2018? For many of us 2017 was hard. Tumultuous. We were called to show up, to act, to call, to resist, to make a difference in ways we’d never felt compelled to before. How did it all end for you? What’s carrying over into your new year? Politically, …

Yoga – Body, Self and World

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This year makes 17 since I took up the practice of yoga. It was the year 2000. “Y2K.” Sometime around 2006-2007, I thought I might be ready to teach. This readiness wasn’t the result of anybody’s encouragement – teacher or friend. But I found myself in the quiet of my own practice, or in a class where I thought to …

A Gift of Yoga

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I realized a couple of months ago that it had been 16 years since my first yoga class. I’ve been teaching yoga now for half of those years. Two and a half years ago I decided to put all other work aside and pursue only this. I have days and weeks – little arches of time – where I’m as full …

Book Review: Making Time and Taming Time “Overwhelm”

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I work with busy people. Women and men, old and young. For some, our weekly or twice-weekly yoga sessions are the only times of the week they allow time and space for themselves, to tend to their own needs, so inundated are they with work, kids and the obligations those spheres entail. Some, I’m sure, don’t make time (because they …

Good Yoga Books – The Yoga of Food: Wellness from the Inside Out

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I stumbled upon this book at the library one day in between appointments. In this thoughtful, sensitive and well-written work, Melissa Grabau, psychologist and yoga teacher, looks at eating habits and eating disorders from a yogic point of view.  What do I mean by “yogic point of view?” You might be thinking this is a book about Ayurveda and food for the doshas. …

Ashtanga: The Eight Limbs – 2

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Modern postural yoga is but one aspect of a total system of self understanding and self-compassion.  In my last post, I briefly surveyed the first of the eight limbs in the ashtanga yoga system, the yamas. Here, I’ll do the same with the niyamas, the five observances of the self, again drawing on both BKS Iyengar’s and Chip Hartranft’s writings …

Good Yoga on the Internet: Yoga for Healthy Aging

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Because I noticed many of my new private clients are my own age or slightly older, and we’re going through the same kinds of transitions in both body and spirit. This blog is full of solid, validated research on cultivating a safe, strong yoga practice with lots of allied articles on the benefits of yoga for specific physical and emotional conditions with posts about …

Integrating Yoga philosophy into your practice

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Are you honest with yourself about pain or discomfort in a posture? Do you ignore or push through to potential injury? Do you have a clear sense of your body’s structural limitations and do you embrace the willingness to modify or add props to support them? Honoring the truth about your body and your pain threshold cultivates a safe, stable, honest practice.