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What are you ALIGNING with?

In the practice of yoga we spend an exceptional amount of time looking to find and create alignment. Along the journey we hear a lot of do’s and don’ts, some musts and a few nevers. Often, depending on the tradition you’re studying or teaching, these “rules” may completely oppose what’s being taught just down the…

Pre-packaged Yoga | Mantra Magazine

  Yogalates. Core Yoga. Cardio Yoga. Yoga. Black light Yoga. This is just the beginning of a long list of specially-packaged “branded” yoga that promises to delight your senses, enhance your body, or fulfill your life. It wasn’t always so. Back in the day, most of what was called yoga took place in the inner…

Drama Chaser

Recently an average “philosophy” teacher in the yoga community posted something that was deeply offensive to women and well, to anyone who might be interested in truth and historical facts. It received thousands of comments, circulated endlessly through many communities and was posted, reposted, and posted again—often by those who were most (understandably) upset by…

This is not a drill.

This is not a drill. We’ve been given this body and breath for this moment only. This is the human guarantee: we have no idea what is next. The uncertainty is truly our only certainty. So, what to do with this NOW? Our life is made up of this stream of nows. It is how…

Consume. Consumer. Consuming. Consumed.

We have been born into a time when getting things has become our God. Filling our bags, homes, cars, kids, mind with more, more, more is the norm. We are the outcasts if we choose less, take less. And we’re left to find a way to explain to our children that even though our country…

Making Friends with Fear

We are sitting, breathing. Our bodies are in perfect working order. We have everything we need not only to live, but to thrive. And yet, our heart is pounding, our blood pressure rising, our nervous system going haywire, and our mind is racing around like an inebriated monkey. The power of fear to rule our physiology is fascinating;…

Sadhana: Daily Practice

Sadhana is the foundation of living yoga, the well from which we draw as students and teachers on the path. Whether you are a yoga teacher or a dedicated lifelong practitioner, cultivating and sustaining the habit of daily practice is an integral part of moving from “doing” yoga to being yoga, allowing it to permeate…

The Niyamas: Make a Commitment to Yourself

What are we committed to in this life? What direction do we hope to pursue and on what type of path? These are the questions that guide us when we approach the 5 living practices of niyamas. We start by recognizing that unlike many other packaged programs, the niyamas are not a list to be…

Why We Deity

If you’ve spent much time around the practice of yoga, even in the most sterilized version of what is called yoga, you will almost certainly have seen imagery or heard stories or chants invoking one of the many deities in the Hindu mythology… mantramag.com 

Yoga for Moms: 4 Reasons to Take This Course

Mother’s Day is coming up, and what better way to reward yourself for all you give and all you do than a yoga course devoted solely to you and your needs?  Join me for Yoga for Moms, a course I co-created with Yoga Journal, launching May 11 (enroll now). 1. It’s a gift for yourself….

 
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