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Unsolicited Advice

Did anyone ever give you advice you didn’t ask for? “Ha!” you say, maybe even out loud! It’s ridiculous to ask since OF COURSE that’s happened. Maybe you were just with family over Christmas and got more of it than you ever wanted! Some of us are blessed with certain people in our life who… Continue reading Unsolicited Advice

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The Purpose of Yoga

In class I’ve started reading (again…last time was around 2002) from Erich Schiffmann’s inspiring and profound book, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness. On the page just inside the cover, the very first two sentences of the book are “The purpose of Yoga is to facilitate the profound inner relaxation that accompanies… Continue reading The Purpose of Yoga

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Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu-again

I had written on this prayer/mantra over 4 years ago.  It seems important to revisit it, given the state of our world, being more and more divided and seeming to have no meeting place between sides. Everyone is anxious, afraid, convinced that they are 100 percent right, and believes the “other” side is just totally… Continue reading Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu-again

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The Root Chakra, part 1

March 29-April 16, 2018 I hesitated for a long time writing about the chakras (energy centers, literally “wheel” in Sanskrit, pronounced “chuhkras” not “shakras” which I think is a new-age pronunciation). The topic seems so contrived, but the root chakra was the focus of the month in February and even now that we have added… Continue reading The Root Chakra, part 1

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Resistance

“Looking at resistance can reveal the nature of mind, for what we are resisting is often the very thing we say we want.” -Joel Kramer The past month plus in class, the topic of the reading has been resistance (under “Mental Aspects” of yoga practice. About two weeks into the reading (reading a paragraph each… Continue reading Resistance