May 15, 2017 @ 3:13 AM
I've always been leery of things Yoga Teachers say in class. "Your Truth" is one of those phrases that is tossed around in classes and it never sat well with me. Maybe because I didn't understand it or because I couldn't connect the physical practice of yoga with "My Truth". How was I going to Sun Salutation my way to Self-Realization? What was I going to learn from a 90-minute class that I didn't already know about myself. Why was it then when I looked inside to discover My Truth it was related to a vague sense of outrage, a sense of needing to pump myself up.
It wasn't until I started meditating that I realized that "My Truth" had less to do with ...
April 20, 2017 @ 5:46 PM
June 22, 2016 @ 12:26 AM
“I am in an arranged marriage,” is what I tell myself sometimes.
It stops me from say “buh-bye” when my marriage goes through a few weeks of feeling distant. Or days of my husband and I facing off over some child rearing issue or after a particularly grueling session of not seeing each other’s perspective.
How would I handle this if divorce was not an option?
I would have to go back to the negotiation table, learn how to present my case more effectively and probably end up (ugh) compromising.
In this modern day culture, it’s easy to throw away a marriage because we’re bored or fed up—perhaps not even realizing that we might be bored or fed up with ourselves more than anything else. ...
February 10, 2016 @ 9:33 PM
It’s surprising to me when people dismiss the idea of fit person teaching a Body Positive class, as if we all don’t get swamped by media images or influenced by the messages of families and friends. As I became more interested in the Body Positive Movement, it led me to question the outside influences on my own life and body. After much thought, I concluded that what colours my idea about beauty and how I want to move through the world in a body that aligns with some idea of aesthetics, has a lot to do with a love of going to the ballet as a child. Every Christmas, my parents would bring us to Lincoln Centre to see the classic story, the Nutcracker. Some years my mother would even buy a subscription to the ......
October 25, 2015 @ 8:46 PM
I'm excited to be offering a Yoga Nidra Workshop at the studio again this November for a few reasons. Yoga nidra is indeed one of the most relaxing practices I have ever encountered but its the work in the subconscious mind that I find really fascinating. Everything about this guided meditation has a purpose, starting with the way that guiding is done. The student is asked to lie in the most comfortable lying down position possibile without allowing themselves to sleep. This first instruction can be very difficult to follow through on but ultimately, staying awake is not as important as one would be led to believe and I'll tell you why at the end of this article. Next, the student is brought, point-by-...
October 4, 2015 @ 2:25 PM
Just got home last night from an incredible week of Yogi adventuring in the jungle town of Cahuita, Costa Rica. Some of the yogis who came along were new to yoga and most were new to the experiences that the jungle has to offer. Being in a place like Cahuita is like arriving at the pulse of Mother Earth: every animal and plant contributing their sound, their rhythm to a place that couldn't feel more alive. The experience of being awoken by the call of birds, previously considered to be exotic or the deep reverberations of howler monkeys, that sound like they are coming from a 500lb gorilla but thankfully are matched to a cute fruitatarian much smaller than their call would lead any jungle dweller to believe, is so foreign that at first
March 27, 2015 @ 6:11 PM
9 Things to Remember about Selfies
Just went to the Rembrandt Exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam..apparently Rembrandt made almost 70 self portraits, all without a Selfie-stick! Apparently he felt that it was crucial to capture his image over and over again, and not always from the best angle
Selfies get a bad wrap these days, they are considered to be a reflection of the narcissistic attitude that prevails in our society. However, when we put the history and purpose of the Selfie under a microscope, we see that its been around for quite a while and its a great tool to get creative and boost our self esteem. As a mirror of a moment in time, we can use Selfies as a vehicle for transformation and self-...
March 27, 2015 @ 6:07 PM
As an avid student of the philosophical aspects of yoga, I get irritated with myself for getting caught up in the minutia of which approach is correct when looking to move my practice beyond the mat.
Things like: Do Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga evolve all at once, like the limbs of a baby growing or do you start with the yamas and work your way to enlightenment as some scholars of the eight limbs espouse. This kind of stuff actually keeps me up at night.
Patanjali laid out these eight limbs to bring us to a point where our impurities are destroyed and we attain a wisdom beyond intellectual gain. The fact that most of us tend to start with yoga and then have to decide to move up or down the spectrum makes me wonder ...
March 15, 2015 @ 8:49 PM
There are so many modules out there for healing and finding ourselves, its enough for any of us to feel f*cked up! Its common to misunderstand the hardships of life, the inevitable suffering that Buddha teaches us about in the 4 Noble Truths, as a personal affront.
In fact, many of leading psychologists agree that the biggest issues they see on the couch aren't from the problems that people have, but from the fact that people have an irrational belief that they shouldn’t have problems at all. And its that total illogical wish for a problem-free life that creates many of the dysfunction they treat. Quite often instead of accepting that "life is suffering" as Buddha plainly puts it, we search endlessly ......
December 25, 2014 @ 11:10 PM
New Year’s wouldn’t be New Year’s without resolutions, the promising clean slate of a new 12 months means there's hope for goals we want to accomplish. Quite often we have high hopes only to let ourselves down or just plain old forget about the intentions we had laid out.
In order to set goals that can actually be met, follow these few key ideas:
-Its important to set goals that hold personal significance. That means first discovering what is important, figuring out our values, the things that make us feel energized and alive, this is the first step to identifying goals that are going to produce results in the long run. So if the goal is to lose weight for example, instead of just setting a ...