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Honoring our national union on Inauguration Day with yoga

“What better day than our Inauguration Day for us to maybe keep in mind our greater connection? “So, what is it that we wish to send out, not just what we want to develop for ourselves on our mat? …But maybe we can then carry that in how we help one another, in how we listen to one another and how we forgive one another. “

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Home Yoga Practice: Honesty and Quiet Mind

This insertion of silence is a crucial part of yoga practice. Turning off the distractions of phones, computers, music, other people’s voices …. Leaves us alone with the inner distractions and chatter. It helps isolate our attention. It helps create an honest and authentic space of practice. It makes it your own.

I’m not gonna lie. It can also drive us crazy! I notice how after a few times through I sequence I can hear my inner voice say, “cool, now you know what would make this better? Let’s play some Beyonce to the sequence next!”

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Set an intention, but be open for course corrections

Intention does not replace surrender to truth. Intention should direct us toward it. Intention also isn’t the destination. When the drive becomes the objective we get consumed in constant doing that goes nowhere.

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Home Yoga Practice: Reflection and Pause

This week’s practice is focused on taking a pause and reflecting. Often in our day-to-day we shuffle through activities and actions like we are swiping right on our phones. Swish, next. Swipe, next. Life has become an assembly line procession of doing and getting and building and acquiring and …  it’s incessant, never ending, never

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Home Yoga Practice: Tapas/Discipline

Tapas, or devotion, is a key fire in the engine of our yoga practice. Applied energy toward positive change – a healthy body and mind-spirit. Tapas is one of the Niyamas, or ways of personal behavior, in yoga. The Niyamas guide the “what it’s all about.”  “Tapas is the conscious effort to achieve ultimate union

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Home Yoga Practice: Suffering/Duhkha

When we are confronted with an inability and lack of power to influence a situation or emotion we interpret the resultant feeling as suffering

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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.

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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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Amidst the pandemic she was taunted for being curvy, she responded with kindness

Constance Haywood is a Just B Yoga student, a grad student and a student of life! She’s trying to keep her head and heart in the right place as she navigates the coronavirus pandemic. She’s still working and juggling social distancing and self-care. A lot is said about how the COVID19 pandemic is bringing out

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Peace amidst COVID-19 social isolation

Are we really deprived? Or is that an illusion of our minds? A falsehood born out of our fear?
In the center of a tornado or hurricane there is an eye.
That eye contains a much storied tranquility and peace. Nature has shown us the way and what’s possible in the middle of a storm.
Debris and destruction are on the outside but at the core is solid and secure peace.

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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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