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Finding the Warrior Within: Reflections on the Bhavagad Gita and the Yogic Path

Over this past yoga teacher training weekend, we dove into the sacred Hindu text, the Bhavagad Gita.  We paired this text with Paramahansa Yogananda’s The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita and the reflections of Tai and her teacher Monorama, in a lecture titled “The Warrior Within.” Song of God According to the translation of Paramahansa Yogananda,… Continue reading Finding the Warrior Within: Reflections on the Bhavagad Gita and the Yogic Path

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It Starts with You: The Never-ending Gift of Happiness

The other day I was feeling pretty low.  Pretty discouraged with human beings in general.  Do you know this feeling?  Sometimes I joke with my boyfriend and I tell him that we’d better wrap up all our karma because I’m not coming back to this planet where people treat each other so horribly.  Yep.  That’s… Continue reading It Starts with You: The Never-ending Gift of Happiness

activism · spirituality · yoga practice

Dharana: A Necessary Practice for the Activist

This past month has been full of tragedy with the loss of lives of Ashton Sterling, the cops killed in Dallas, and the victims of terror attacks in Baghdad, Istanbul and Nice.  It is, simply put, overwhelming.  When I close my eyes to reflect on these events I just see words:  injustice, anger, misunderstanding, judgment, hatred, hurt,… Continue reading Dharana: A Necessary Practice for the Activist

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A Journey to Self, God, and Community

The reasons I chose to start yoga teacher training have to do with self, God, and community.  First, I am a person who thrives off of education and exploration.  This training gives me an opportunity to go deep into study of the practice of yoga, the study of self, and, ultimately, my connection with God/Universal… Continue reading A Journey to Self, God, and Community

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The Four Limitless Qualities: Training in Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity

May all sentient beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.  May we be free from suffering and the root of suffering.  May we not be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering.  May we dwell in the great equanimity free from passion, aggression, and prejudice. ~ THE FOUR LIMITLESS ONES CHANT I choose… Continue reading The Four Limitless Qualities: Training in Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity

divorce · Jivamukti · teen yoga · yoga practice

Yoga for Teens: A Mom’s Epiphany

My thirteen year old daughter struggles with her body.   I struggle with her struggles. I knew this was coming.  I am, after all, a woman.   I also grew up in the ballet world, where  teachers used shame as a strategy to encourage extraordinary levels of thinness.    “Look at that belly,” my ballet teacher said to… Continue reading Yoga for Teens: A Mom’s Epiphany

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Jivamukti Yoga: A Spiritual Choice

When I first began my yoga journey I attended many different classes at various studios. I realized right away that the meaning of yoga and the purpose of each class differed widely. While each yoga studio had its own energetic vibe, I discovered that, as a beginner, I depended entirely on the grounding and direction… Continue reading Jivamukti Yoga: A Spiritual Choice