A Brief Moment of Presence

A Brief Moment of Presence

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A common cause of human suffering is the incessant thinking mind. Many of our thoughts, when observed, are not necessary for our daily living. They mostly serve as distractions and hinder our potential to be in the moment and...
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Awareness in Practice

Awareness in Practice

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“Awareness” is a word used more often now with the discussions around social challenges in this country. Subject matters that may have been ignored are now being openly discussed. These discussions help many become more...
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Union of the Diaphragm and the Psoas Muscle

Union of the Diaphragm and the Psoas Muscle

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I had a student ask me this morning if I recommend diaphragmatic breathing while doing yoga postures. This was an absolutely brilliant question!   Knowledge of anatomy not only helps us respect and understand the beauty of...
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Waking Up from the Trance

Waking Up from the Trance

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When you hear the phrase "living in a trance", it's easy to judge someone who may come to mind or even yourself.   Most of society lives in this trance of incessant thinking, worrying, planning, and fearing. This forgetting...
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Nutrition and Yoga

Nutrition and Yoga

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A common misconception of a yogi or yogini, one who practices yoga, is that all who practice are vegetarian or vegan. I believe what one chooses to put in their body is a personal choice, but there are some basics for proper...
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Meditation Practice

Meditation Practice

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One of the biggest challenges of yoga practice is to simply sit still and begin a meditation. Start simple by beginning each day with 5 to 10 minutes of sitting still and observing the breath. Before you know it, you will...
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Self Compassion

Self Compassion

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"It is the lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others"- The 14th Dalai Lama The above quote...
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Externally Forced Stillness

Externally Forced Stillness

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Externally Forced Stillness was a phrase that resonated with me when learning about Dhumavati, a hindu goddess in Indian mythology. She represents misfortune being turned into blessings. Dhumavati's sanskrit translation is...
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Balance in Daily Life

Balance in Daily Life

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Mindfulness is an integral part of our yoga and meditation practice. What does mindfulness mean? Mindfulness is the state of being conscious. Being completely conscious takes work for many of us who are stuck in habitual...
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