Student Profile: Amy Henderson

Student Profile: Amy Henderson

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Name: Amy Henderson Pronoun: They When did you start coming to Just B Yoga? November 2017 What attracted you? My friend Nikki encouraged me to try it out. Why did you begin practicing yoga? I knew I needed to get off my couch. Having a bilateral knee replacement, I was […]

Practice note:  Welcome mistakes in yoga playfully

Practice note: Welcome mistakes in yoga playfully

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If you approach your yoga or meditation practice – any conscious-elevating experience – with a result-oriented mind-set you’ve already missed the point.   Make a mistake. I want students to feel that stumble in one-legged poses. I encourage folkx to allow that trembly, shaking feeling when their core is exerting […]

A summer of kindness practice

A summer of kindness practice

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“Avoid negativity, build positivity and carefully watch your mind.” The Buddha   Near the beginning of this summer an older fellow was riding his bike on the sidewalk coming toward me as I was walking my dog, Karma. He didn’t slow down. In fact, he started to yell to get […]

Workshop: Four Directions Healing

Workshop: Four Directions Healing

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Do you feel disconnected from heritage and ritual? Was ceremony central to your ancestors but is absent from your daily life? Do you find yourself seeking mindfulness, meditation and other “new age” practices in hopes of solace but find something lacking? Join us for the Four Directions Healing workshop at […]

Hope as a practice

Hope as a practice

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I honestly haven’t thought much about the components of hope. And I sit and think about everything! It had become a word that was a bridge conveying a desire. Hope FOR something else. It also is a trademark symbol of the Obama campaign. Today I am humbled by the depths […]

Balance act: A practice of attention, patience and humor

Balance act: A practice of attention, patience and humor

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I have no balance. This is a common claim of many who want to start yoga. They are hoping for a yoga pose or a video they can watch to “give me balance.” Balance is not a perfectly level scale. We are not perfectly symmetrical beings. We are not perfect. […]

Eccentric Enlightened Bodhisattva

Eccentric Enlightened Bodhisattva

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This past weekend we had a lovely gathering of friends and family at the studio celebrating the life of John Bolan and the community he helped grow. There were gifted visual artists and artisans. There was divine music by Konstantin Polyakov. There was fresh produce and plant starts by local […]

How to be black and healthy?

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The moderator called us a “dynamic duo.” I kind of smiled inside. Certainly my brother and I had illusions of animated cartoon grandeur when we were growing up; we were going to “take over the world!” But to be introduced that way in our first on-stage event of our lives […]

Gratitude is an action

Gratitude is an action

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(From Thanksgiving 2018) Gratitude is more than feeling fortunate. Feeling fortunate has been aligned with luck. Reveling in personal luck and abundance over others’ suffering and lack implies a right to an unearned privilege. I cannot celebrate my unearned privilege of fortune and be grateful I wasn’t in a wildfire, […]

Mindfulness tip? Start where you are

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“How do I turn my brain off?” This is a frequent question. “Will yoga teach me to turn off my mind?” The pace and pressure of modern American life is squeezing people into a corner where there’s nowhere to hide from the mind chatter. And most of the solace we […]

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