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Finding connection amidst confusion, calamity and crisis

From the fear and uncertainty and grief of the pandemic, to the rage and fury of the continued racial oppression-terror-erasure in our country, I have asked my creator, “what am I to do or say?” As an Afro-Asian woman of color, as a trauma survivor, as an elder, I ask it. As a mentor to

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Practice note: Welcome mistakes in yoga playfully

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 in boat pose and it’s

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Balance act: A practice of attention, patience and humor

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. (just in case you were

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Gratitude is an action

(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, earthquake, volcano, typhoon, war, genocide

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Body positivity and yoga often gets ugly before it gets pretty

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 videos. This beautiful, curvy woman

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Step by step: Revelations in a walking meditation

I led a group of about 7 people on a walking meditation recently. It was one of my workplace clients and our room had been changed to a conference room. I removed as many distractions from the room as I could. We cleared the white board of the project work that was scribbled there. We

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What am I supposed to feel in my yoga?

“What am I supposed to be feeling?”   This is a common question in yoga classes. What am I supposed to be feeling in this pose? In my body? What is it supposed to feel like? What “should” it be like, feel like?   And quite honestly, the best answer I feel any teacher can

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Meditation on the go

A student recently asked if I had any resources for meditation on the road. They have a long commute and they have a stressful job. So they wanted something to listen to in order to keep their connection to calm heading into work and leaving. As I scrounged up some of my favorites I thought

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Distracted Peace: Yoga and meditation amidst the noise

The yoga mats are full of silent, almost sleeping students. The soft breathing marks the stillness. The scent of sage and sandalwood waft through the room. Then the thunderous rumble of big rig tires and hydraulics go past the front window. Or the sound of a dog barking, its claws scurry back and forth come

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What is Juicy Yoga?

Yoga Sutra 2.46 – SukhaSthiraAsanam: Posture practice should embody steadiness/strength/stability and ease/joy/comfort.   When you find that space of steadiness and ease, then you’ve truly found the Juicy part of your practice! Yoga is ultimately a practice of finding a space of empowerment and peace.  It is a spiritual technology that utilizes breath work, meditation,

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Placid effort

Stillness is a practice that can evade, elude and still entrance. This past weekend I had the blessing of a private beach camping experience . It was a long overdue vacation. The weather was clear albeit chilly. Restoration would be mine! I was actively planning my nothing time. I was going to immerse in this

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Yoga is all in my head

Most of my yoga practice is all in my head lately.   It starts off like this: I roll out my mat in my meditation room and feel the hips in a lunge, maybe a pigeon first off. My back has an argument with me. My left sacrum argues with me. My right rotator cuff

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