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 […]

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 […]

Just B Yoga apprentice, Kate Benson starts community outreach yoga in Grand Rapids

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(Inner voice asks) Have I always wanted to start a revolution? You betcha! And it’s true, I’ve had a hint of angst and sense of social justice from a young age. I can recall the chatter “that’s not fair” in my little 8-year old inner voice. Most of the time […]

Body positivity and yoga often gets ugly before it gets pretty

Body positivity and yoga often gets ugly before it gets pretty

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When I got a report that one of my teen yoga students had started an extreme starvation diet because she hated her body I knew it was time to jump into the deep end of the pool of body positivity with this group.   I pulled out some Jessamyn Stanley […]

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