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Good morning voicing

Said good morning out loud to the only other person on the river trail this morning. Hesitation. He will see me. I will see him. But he already sees me. What does it mean to be heard? Good morning. How will it be received? Do I whisper it? Do I keep it in my head?

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Home Yoga Practice Week 10: Focus (Dharana)

I have spent a lot of my years believing that focus was lasering my will. It was how I believed my success in academics, my profession – heck anything – was achieved. Lasering my will was me forcing my dominance or defiance. For example, “I’m not going to let them think I can’t do something because I’m a woman. “ “I’m going to prove I’m worthy as a person of color and do it 10 times better.” I had to be THE best which means superior when you think about it, or when I think about it. And being superior by deductive reasoning means others are inferior. And that just lands me at dominance.

Home Yoga Practice: Week 9, Pratyahara/Sense withdrawal

Withdrawing from the senses, or building awareness of our dependence on them and then finding moderation so we are not reacting to them, helps us on the journey toward a clear mind and harmony with spirit. (the ultimate yoga purpose)

Home Yoga Practice: Week 8, Flexibility

How we view flexibility is so different. It’s like this alluring Siren. We are drawn to it and fear it and know that it could hurt us so we also avoid it.

This week’s Home Yoga Practice explores Flexibility in multiple ways as a theme for a yoga plan.

  1. Physiologically
  2. Mentally
  3. Sutras

Child Health

Pandemic yoga for kids: The good, the bad, the virtual

Yoga presents challenges for kids in the best of situations. Attention spans are fleeting. Desire for stimuli and excitement is great. Disappointment at not getting things perfectly the first time prevails.

Virtual yoga via whatever video screen they had available made this summer day camp extra special.

Home Yoga Practice: Prana/Breath

Prana can be loosely defined as “life force energy” or the source of our consciousness, the source of our life force. It is also referred to as breath. Breath exercises are called pranayama. This is often a focus or theme of my practice. I call it a “root” theme because if I’m not in a

Why I left Yoga Alliance

I have made the decision to leave Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School and as a Registered Yoga Teacher. You will no longer be able to find Belinda Thurston or Just B Yoga in their directories after more than 10 years as a member. This is a move I’ve considered for quite some time.

Classes

Week 3: Practice your plan, Plan your Practice – Effort

Our yoga practice is a great canvas for us to explore and learn about effort. Poses show us when we are straining or giving up. Breath reveals the quality of our ease. Our mind can be the birth place of our effort and where we cultivate sustainable effort, aka focus.

Classes

Week 2: Plan your practice, Practice Your Plan – acceptance and binding

Acceptance of what happens is certainly a worthwhile chew for our times. The pandemic and our fight for freedom, justice and equality can stir discontent. At least it keeps our focus on what’s wrong and the need to fix. It can feel like acceptance means we are OK with the state of the world. It doesn’t.

Outdoor Yogas canceled until further notice

I have decided to cancel further outdoor yoga classes for the foreseeable future. The COVID pandemic is still among us and recent trends locally have me not feeling comfortable with hosting an event which could become an epicenter of outbreak.

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