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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.

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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.

Plan to practice yoga, practice your yoga plan

Developing a personal practice is one of the most difficult, sincere and rewarding things one can do in a life. And while I’m applying this concept to a yoga practice, it holds true for all. A spiritual practice. A martial arts practice. A creative practice. Making it your own, doing it with dedication and devotion,

Caitlin, center rear, and Charlie, chatting after class at Just B Yoga last fall.
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Coronavirus distancing and the disabled

We checked in with Caitlin Thompson recently to see how she’s doing during the pandemic. Caitlin is a counselor who serves the disabled population with accessibility issues in the workplace and transportation and more. Since the stay-at-home order she has been working her private practice remotely, but is hardly full of free time. She shared

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Bully for mom seeking meditation for kids

The room was peacefully silent with only the soft inhales and exhales of those sitting around the room. The light from the window was subtle this late-winter morning.

Among those circled around the room for the 9 a.m. Sunday meditation were two tweens who had come with their mom.

“May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I know peace.”

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Peace isn’t a place

Peace isn’t a place. It’s not somewhere we go to. It’s not something we practice in a special room or at a special time.   Peace isn’t a feeling. It’s not your inner “high.” It’s not a tingle that makes you pleased with yourself.   Peace is a time. A time that’s detached from reaction

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Student Profile: Amy Henderson

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 curious if could do it.

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A summer of kindness practice

“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 out of the way. Karma

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Workshop: Four Directions Healing

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 Just B Yoga June 9,

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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

Mindfulness tip? Start where you are

“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 take is in stuff that

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