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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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Saucha lesson: Self-care is not selfish

My new teacher trainees have to spend this week giving something up (bramacharya) and inviting something pure into their lives (saucha). I thought it best if I did it with them. Wouldn’t be cool to have them practicing these disciplines and observing what comes up and I just sit on the sidelines munching anything I

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Yoga with hand pan performance: Believe

There is a stillness inside of every note that Jeremy Arndt plays. It’s a palpable soft cloud of energy carried by some of the most beautiful vibrations ears can perceive. That’s how I feel when in the presence of his hang drum (hand pan) and didjeridoo. That’s what I wanted to help people feel and

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Here’s how yoga helps me #resist

I got up this morning and I had my sit meditation. It was a struggle. I resorted to mantra in order to have a focus. Om mani padme hung. Compassion. I got some tea. Then I started my asana practice. It was staggered. My body sluggish. My heart heavy and worries deep. The mounting crises

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Yoga + Social activism = peanut butter and pickle sandwiches

I love Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwiches. Initially, the mere mention of this combination would cause me to make a sour face.  I couldn’t comprehend how brine and peanuts could co-exist.  However, confusion and intrigue encouraged me to try one and I loved it. I think that I can say the same thing about Yoga

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Social Action of/in/through Yoga

By Meghan McCullough, Just B Yoga teacher trainee Saturday, January 21st, 2017 was shaped, for me, by this animating question: What is the relationship binding social action and yoga? In the morning at Just B Yoga, B led us in an empowerment flow. On our mats, we moved and breathed to songs born of the

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The lesson of discomfort, yoga and activism

By Elige Stewart, Just B Yoga teacher trainee We attended the Women’s March (which turned out to be a rally) at the capitol in Lansing on Saturday as a study of the intersection of social action and yoga, as part of the first day of our yoga teacher training. When I returned home, I greeted

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Yoga and activism helped me find my focus

By Gi Gi Gomez, Just B Yoga teacher trainee, who attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21   [pullquote align=center] “The traditional purpose of yoga has always been to bring about a profound transformation in the person though the transcendence of the ego” (Feurstein 1). [/pullquote]   My initial thoughts of the march,

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Yoga in action: Where we put our attention is our activism

The first day of yoga teacher training for my latest group of trainees was on Jan. 21, the day of the Women’s March; the day after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. At first I thought I would hold the day of training and everyone could

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Blossoms in January

A dear friend and student, Kelly, gave the studio a little plant as a gift around New Year. It’s a spindly, fragile water-based bulb plant. She said it would make small white lily-like flowers. Well, low and behold, it decided to burst forth with blossoms a few days ago. The tiny bundle of blossoms are

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Loving the awesome and awful of life

“Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching It’s easy to forget that life is equal parts awesome and equal parts awful. We have become accustomed to a baseline of awesome. If we’re

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Surrendering to our yoga practice and in our recovery

Excerpt From: Eckhart Tolle. “The Power of Now.” “Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. The only place where you can experience the flow of life is the Now, so to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation. It is to

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