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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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Yoga = Union

Yoga = Union

The word Yoga comes from the root “yuj” which means to yoke together.  It is commonly translated as union.  Hatha Yoga in particular comes from the root “ha” meaning sun and “tha”meaning moon.  Hatha Yoga is movement based Yoga that is meant to balance energy (solar) and calm (lunar).  If we look at these definitions, […]

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Vulnerability

Vulnerability

In Pema Chodron’s books, she often talks about the awakened heart or the Bodhichitta.  The awakened heart is the space in the heart where compassion, kindness, and honesty reside.  It is the soft spot you feel when love and joy are so intense.  It is also the soft wounded spot that can be touched when […]

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Being Like Water

Being Like Water

I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did… It is beautiful. by Laura Garren “Learn this from the waters:/In mountain clefts and chasms,/Loud gush the streamlets,/But great rivers flow silently.” After reading these words from the Buddha, I reflected on being like water. The thought was like a small pebble falling into […]

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Regrets Are For Dinner Parties

Regrets Are For Dinner Parties

Here is another piece written by one of our students.  She always has an amazing perspective to offer.  Thank you Laura. By Laura Garren Tragically, a dear friend of mine died recently of AIDS. The tragedy was compounded by the fact that he hid his condition from his family and friends, and he chose not […]

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Butterfly- My Favorite Pose

Butterfly- My Favorite Pose

Yes, this pose is traditionally called Baddha Konasana or Cobbler’s Pose.  In a traditional class, the aim is to pull yourself forward and open your hips.  However, in a more Yin style it is called Butterfly.  In this variation the heels are further away from the hips and there is surrender rather than forcefulness.  This […]

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