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Stagnancy, Samskaras and Stepping out of Self-Loathing

lifestyle philosophy tips yoga | Posted Nov 09, 2020

What happens when your tires get stuck in the mud? I’m not talking about your 4×4 vehicle, but rather your body and soul vessel. Ever feel stuck in a rut? Uneasy with routine or maybe even all out stagnant? I get it. I arrive at that point several times a year in different ways; in my personal practice, my teaching practice, in my relationships, my diet, my mindset. Feeling stuck is not a highly desirable spot to be. It sucks my energy, brings me down and is generally de-motivating. However, recognition of these repetitive patterns can prove a goldmine on life’s learning journey, so don’t despair. Discovering that you are stuck in the first place is often the most challenging part of the work; the with-it-ness to tune in to that deeper piece of yourself. Where do you find yourself easing into familiarity and comfort to a fault? And how can you begin the process of one foot in front of the other, heading toward change? This is key in continuing to feel...

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What’s In A Name?

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Anyone ever had a friend, teacher or relative return from retreat, only to proclaim to the world that they will from this point forth officially be known as “Shakti so-and-so” or “Krishna this-and-that”?

Perhaps this will resonate most deeply within the yoga community; I know that my response to this inquiry is a definitive yes. I’ve watched as friends leave town as “John” and return as “Ajna”; as my pal “Susie” transformed into “Sundari”. I have to admit it always left me scratching my head, wondering what is the DEAL? Is this just some other reason for the non-yogi world to poke fun at us, to steer away from taking the practice seriously? And is this not appropriation? There has to be some intention behind this ritual, right?

With the weight of all of these ponderings; why in the world would I, after 30-something years on this planet, decide to up and change my name? What is a Spiritual name, and...

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Energy Boost: Balancing the Ida & Pingala Nadis

Last month I wrote about one good reason to roll out of savasana by rolling to your left (high blood pressure, as stated in Anatomy of Hatha Yoga), but there are good reasons for coming out the more traditional way too.

In my own practice, I use the energetic ida and pingala energy lines to guide my exit from the pose and, more universally, to bring balance and integration into other elements of my day and life.

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Ida nadi ends at the left nostril and is the lunar, cooling, feminine, yin, introspective energy channel. Pingala nadi ends at the tip of the right nostril and is the solar, masculine, heating, active yang element of the two twinned channels. These channels are said to criss-cross up from the base of the spine intersecting at each chakra.

Knowing about the ida and pingala nadis and their energetic effects, we can consciously harness the energy to bring a deeper state of balance and wholeness into our on- and off-the-mat experience. Throughout each day and night,...

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The Study of Stillness

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How do you connect within the depths of serenity and stillness?

It’s so easy to lose the point of it all when I’m elbow deep in a puddle of sweat, when I’m flowing freely to the sound of some world drum beat, just me, my mat, my practice, my movement.  And then all of a sudden it hits me, “why exactly am I doing this again?”  I’m quite sure the point is not to have sore abs tomorrow or to sweat myself into a state of dizziness.  Meanwhile I’m sitting in a pretzel shape, limbs all intertwined and my mind is stuck on that annoying client I faced earlier in the day, the friend that unloads her drama onto me, the dog that ate my shoes.  Now, I admit I may not fully comprehend yet exactly what “it” is, but I’m relatively sure that this experience is not why I came to the mat the first time around.  This cluttered, active mind is not “it”.  Somewhere along my journey into sun...

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Practicing Mindfulness | Living Through the Four Agreements

lifestyle philosophy tips yoga | Posted Nov 09, 2020

Maybe you practice yoga three or four times a week, or even every day. When you’re in class with that teacher you can’t get enough of, you feel like you’re on top of the world. You can feel your true Self shining through more and more each day, and your body and mind feel healthier than ever! That feeling is like no other, yet sometimes, once we step off of the mat and back into the real world, that feeling can quickly fade.

Whether it’s an argument with a friend or loved one that pushed you to your limits, or someone cutting you off in traffic causing you to nearly crash, holding your zen can seem impossible in the world we live in. Daily life can test our inner peace, and as yogis we hope to carry that calm essence with us as long as possible. That’s where the The Four Agreements, created by Don Miguel Ruiz come in handy! The book is centered around four simple concepts that can be used as a daily guideline or reference point. When applied mindfully,...

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Yoga: The Practice, The Profession, The Paradox

Any yoga teachers out there ever felt discouraged by the apparent paradox between yogic philosophies and the yoga business reality?  At odds with the Eastern vs. Western approaches to the practice?  Or otherwise all-out confused as to how the integrity of the Practice (its simplicity, humility and spiritual growth) can be maintained while still nurturing physical fulfillment…and while getting the bills paid on time?  And then do you think “Whoa.  What have we gotten ourselves into?”

These are the types of questions that I battle with frequently as both a yogini AND a yoga business owner.  This combo within itself seems an oxymoron.  It’s not a mere once or twice that I have received an eye roll and a sigh when I’ve stated the price of a service.  Shouldn’t yoga be free?  Shouldn’t it be by donation?  Isn’t yoga for the PEOPLE?  I have also felt the same sting when considering the...

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