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Community Yoga

Community Yoga

This post was written by Vanessa L. (yoga student, teacher trainee, writer, foodie).  We have watched Vanessa grow each day through her practice.  Thank you V!   Sometime in February 2009, I went to my first class at Greenville Yoga. Back then, there was only one studio and I had decided to go to a […]

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Lessons Learned… (I hope)

Lessons Learned… (I hope)

Due to my childhood home, I thought if I was perfect and never made mistakes that I could be free from others’ reactiveness and criticism.  As an adult, this translated as each time something would happen where I was criticized, ignored or disrespected; I would go into a depression full of self-doubt and feeling unworthy […]

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Insight Meditation

Insight Meditation

We aren’t going for a mystical experience.  We are going for reality.  ~Sarah Powers A few weeks ago, I shared with you my evening meditation called Shamata Meditation.  Today, I want to share with you my morning meditation practice called Insight, or Vipasana, Meditation.   Insight means seeing free from one’s prejudices and preferences.  You […]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin

Two Sides of the Same Coin

By Laura Garren The Talmud says we see things not as they are, but as we are. This concept is an important reminder that each person has his or her own perspective, and two people might have a different perspective about the same event, interaction, or idea. I recently have seen this difference in action […]

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Sore Lower Back?  Try This…

Sore Lower Back? Try This…

I am not sure the traditional name of this pose, but we call it spinal balance or opposite hand and leg.  This pose strengthens the back asymmetrically and uses the core (abdominals) for support.  Always build your poses by breathing deeply. Once you have established your breathing practice, follow the directions below.   Begin on […]

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Seeing Clearly

Seeing Clearly

How many times on a daily basis do we take the people around us for granted?  I know my husband and I do this quite regularly.  We get busy teaching class, taking care of students and children, and forget to treat each other with kindness and care.  Not because we don’t care, but because we […]

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Advice for Teachers on Perfection

Advice for Teachers on Perfection

My acupuncturist once said to me, “If we waited until we were perfect, there would never be any teachers in this world.”  This statement has been resounding in my head loud and clear lately.  Sometimes I feel as though I shouldn’t teach because I haven’t dealt with strong feelings of unworthiness that can swallow me […]

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The Power of Pausing

The Power of Pausing

Until we stop our mental busyness, stop our endless activities, we have no way of knowing our actual experience. ~Tara Brach from Radical Acceptance I know the importance of pausing while teaching a Yoga class so students can take a moment to notice how they feel.  But sometimes I forget the power of a pause […]

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