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Archive | May, 2011

300-minute milestone

I just finished sitting still for ten minutes, for the thirtieth day in a row. My first guided meditation retreat is complete! I haven’t written much if anything about my decision to set aside ten minutes a day for the last month, mostly because I didn’t want to jinx myself. I knew there was a real […]

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Enthusiastic endorsement

When you come to passionately believe that the lifestyle you’ve discovered could benefit each and every person you care about, it’s hard not to endorse your product. I’ve been trying to get my mom to start a yoga practice for years now. I don’t want to force it on her, but I suspect that she’d […]

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Fresh (re)start

It’s been awhile since I took class at my training studio. I’ve been preoccupied, and a little reluctant. Among other things, I’ve been struggling with feeling rejected since I wasn’t asked to teach right after graduation. But I’ve had some time to reflect, and to take responsibility for my perspective. Today I felt ready to […]

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Will = way

It’s cliche, I know, but it’s also true: Where there’s a will there’s a way. I’m seeing this more clearly than ever before, particularly now that I understand the will won’t always necessarily be my own. I’ve talked about isvara recently–the 5th niyama that refers to surrender. But last night while reading Emotional Yoga I […]

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Milestone manifesto

I love teaching yoga! I think I’ve expressed that sentiment before, and I’m pleased/relieved it hasn’t changed. What has changed, however (and thank goodness) is my anxiety about teaching yoga. Near the end of my 200-hour training I realized one aspect of isvara–I surrendered my will and decided to accept my yoga fate. I stopped […]

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Keeping an empty cup

I’m starting a new training tonight, to get my certification in kids yoga, and I’m sure it will be unlike anything I’ve learned before. (Well, not entirely unlike anything I’ve learned before, since the training is being led by the same person who introduced me to kid yoga during my 200-hour training. But that was […]

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Now what? Deep breath, no worries.

Over and done and just begun–that’s how I feel about the conclusion of teacher training, which really just marked the start of a lifelong journey of learning, healing, and sharing. I can’t quite bring myself to say something ended, even though I know it did. I know that next weekend, I won’t be spending nineteen […]

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Love > fear