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Archive | March, 2011

That time I totally lost it

It’s a good thing I’m so interested in learning about kids, because on Sunday I certainly acted like one. And I’m glad, because I felt my feelings and released them and once I’d been counseled I was filled with absolute calm. It was a peaceful catharsis and I am grateful for it. But still. I’m […]

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Yoga for the young

I don’t want to be too dramatic, but I miiight have found my calling. I learned about kiddie yoga at a training session this weekend and I loved every minute of it. Of course I can’t know for sure until I actually work with some children, but pretty much everything about this aspect of yoga […]

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Hands-on service

At the end of the yoga class I took tonight, the teacher read a quote by George Bernard Shaw. “I am of the opinion,” he said, “that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” I resonate so strongly […]

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Being still

It can be the hardest thing, doing nothing. Allowing your mind to race but not chasing thoughts, allowing the urge to fidget but not giving in to movement. I can move my body, but I choose not to move my body. It is this physical decision that paves the way for calm, for when I […]

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Seriously, get a neti pot

As allergy season approaches, the best advice I can offer is to use a neti pot. This simple method of natural cleansing will do wonders for your sinus passages.¬†Firstly, the flow of water assists in the removal of debris, allowing for better breathing. Secondly, the salt in the water kills bacteria, aiding the immune system. […]

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Attitude adjustment

Over the last week or two I’ve been becoming brave. I still have fears and doubts but I am taking action anyway, behaving “as is,” because, well, I am. I am a giver and a teacher and a leader and a lover of life. Yoga is for everyone and I want to share my personal […]

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Anusara sadness

All I knew about Anusara yoga before tonight, I’d read in a NYT article about its founder. I’m a huge believer that alignment is a crucial aspect of asana, if not the most important part of a physical practice, so I liked that the Anusara style puts major emphasis on alignment. I also support the […]

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Teaching for one

Tonight I taught my first class ever! To myself! I ended eleven minutes early and I know I forgot superhero pose and I forgot to offer the bind at the end of left side angle series and I don’t recall offering it all during the crescent prayer twists but whatever, I talked for fifty minutes […]

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Welcoming weakness

I am not supposed to be writing this. I am supposed to be taking a 6 p.m. class and then attending a workshop on consciousness and art and creativity. I have been looking forward to the workshop for a week, and planned to write a post about my (presumably) enlightening experience there. But instead I […]

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Festival of Meditation and Spirituality

I picked up a flyer on the lower east side and thought I’d let everyone else know about this free meditation and spirituality festival. It already started, but there are still events every night this week, culminating in a weekend workshop. The website says reservations are required, but I called and you can just show […]

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Master of my own domain

Just a quick heads up that now when you tell people about my yoga journey, you can send them directly to ThisIsWheretheHealingBegins.com! The web address with “.wordpress” still works, but I figured my blog title is long enough as it is….  

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Private practice

This evening I took advantage of one of training’s biggest perks: access to an empty studio. An empty studio means that instead of orally rehearsing my dialogue while strolling the streets of Manhattan, I have the opportunity to try my hand at verbal instruction in a designated space, with real-life students, aka fellow teacher trainees, […]

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Going with the flow

One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed between Bikram yoga and vinyasa is something my studio calls “the flow.” Vinyasa encourages fluid movement and you don’t often stay in a pose for more than a breath or two. This, I’m discovering, is a useful and rewarding way to practice, but I’m finding it as initially […]

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Love > fear