The Teacher Student Relationship

What is the difference between unrolling your mat among friends and stepping onto your mat when it’s just you and your teacher?  Traditionally, yoga was a cultivation of a relationship between one student and one teacher.  It was never taught in a class, but instead was doled out over time as the teacher judged that…

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A Vivir en el Momento

I am still shaking off the sleep from a 2 am flight out of Managua Nicaragua as I sit snuggling my daughter and reflecting on the past week in this surprisingly cool Florida afternoon. When I was invited to participate in Yoga Fest Nicaragua, I was excited to contribute to an event dedicated to showcasing yoga…

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Labor of Love

In the US, we celebrate Labor Day today, which gets me thinking about how we define work and labor. The five principles of Reiki contain a line that says “I will devote myself to my work.” Just for today, I will not anger Just for today, I will not worry Just for today, I will…

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Barriers to Practice

Creating any healthy new habit is not easy.  It’s heartening to me that Patanjali acknowledges this in the Yoga Sutras.  As he’s espousing the many benefits you’ll gain from your new yoga practice, he stops to mention the barriers you will encounter. As with other truths discussed in the Yoga Sutras, these obstacles are as…

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On Detachment and Conflict

It’s easy to maintain a sense of detachment when you’re only passing through.  It’s also simple to have perspective and true vision when looking at the trifles that capture people’s egos and lead to conflict When you don’t call a place home or interact with people every day, it’s simple to see the overarching harmony…

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Appreciation

Hello, blog world. I’ve been quiet of late.  Partly this is because I’ve been up on a mountain without a strong or reliable internet connection.  This time was nice.  It consisted of reconnecting with old friends and making new friends — many of whom felt as though they were old friends I’d only forgotten.  It…

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Holiday Reflections

The world around us reflects the world within. We see what we expect to see, people reflect back to us our histories, habits, and ways of being. Alcoholics Anonymous has a saying, “water seeks its own level.” In life, we gravitate to people and situations vibrating at the same frequency as the energy within us.…

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Una Oportunidad para el Silencio

When we want to dive into a deeper, more meditative practice of yoga and listening to the mind, our modern lives require that we consciously create that space.  That might mean creating an area for meditation in your home – a room or corner dedicated to deep thought or introspection.  It might mean that you…

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