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Kids Yoga Product Review: Upside Down Games

Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Teaching | 0 comments

Kids Yoga Product Review: Upside Down Games

I recently had the opportunity to try out three yoga games created by the company Upside Down Games. I have been teaching yoga to kids since 2008 and am always searching for new ways to engage my classes. First of all, the products are adorable, very well made and nicely thought out. I tried out three of the company’s five yoga games. I first played the Yoga Card game. We had a lot of fun on our missions to find poses within the deck of 51 cards that fit within certain themes. I love that breathing is made a big focus of the game. I did...

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Face the Storm to Find the Sunshine

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Recent Blog | 0 comments

Face the Storm to Find the Sunshine

I regularly take class with a yoga teacher that radiates sunshine. Her positive energy is infectious. People flock to her classes like the beach on a hot day to bask in her warmth. I too love a good soak in her vibrant rays. But I can’t teach sunshine. You see, I know that sometimes storms barrel in. I know that wanting the sun when the rain is pouring down doesn’t make the rain stop. In fact, wanting the sun when you are in the midst of a hail shower can create much more discomfort and distress.  Instead, I teach from a place of...

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The World Is a Mess—It’s Time We Get Messy

Posted by on April 20, 2013 in Recent Blog | 0 comments

The World Is a Mess—It’s Time We Get Messy

There is no denying that our world is complicated. As inventions have made many things easier and the world more connected, we are realizing that, even so, life is not easy. According to the Buddha, life is suffering.  The word suffering is translated from the word Dukkha which can also be interpreted to mean unsustainable, difficult to endure, imperfect and unsatisfying. It is a big word that encompasses many feelings of discomfort, and, in itself, creates uncertainty. By leaning into uncertainty, we can learn to be OK with these feelings of...

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A Shout Out for New Yoga Teachers

Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Teaching | 2 comments

A Shout Out for New Yoga Teachers

Being passionate about yoga you decide teaching would be a dream come true. “Do what you love”, they say. So you do. You finish your 200 hour training. Certificate in hand, you walk out the studio and now you can officially teach.  You get hired. You stand before your flock of yogis as “the expert”. Then things begin to feel wrong. The confidence you felt amongst fellow teacher trainees is replaced with fear. Fear of judgement, fear of embarrassment, fear that you are not worthy yet to teach. Philip Urso of Live, Love,...

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In the Name of Happiness

Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Recent Blog | 0 comments

In the Name of Happiness

If you google “how to find happiness” and “books”, you will encounter 29,000 possibilities. We are a society obsessed with the pursuit of finding this elusive state. In my journey to understand how our mind and body work, I have found this seemingly noble quest can be a very big part of the problem. The Greek Stoics focused, not on finding happiness, but instead on finding serenity by confronting fears and challenges. Often we try to hide behind positivity to push that which we see as negative away. We might think that...

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Are Goals Setting You Up for Failure?

Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Recent Blog | 0 comments

Are Goals Setting You Up for Failure?

The mind fascinates me. In the book called, “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking”, the author, Oliver Burkeman, dives into what he refers to as our our “goal crazy” society. Sighting a number of studies he has determined that people create goals in the name of planning for the future and productivity, but in reality, it is a means to remove the unsettling feeling of uncertainty. Goals can actually hinder success. In 1996 fifteen climbers died on Mount Everest within a twenty-four...

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Girl Power

Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Recent Blog | 0 comments

Girl Power

I am nearly done leading an 8 week program for middle school aged girls in self-empowerment and yoga. It has been an incredible experience. The Girl Power program teaches so many important lessons in a very short time. 1. Just as hunger pains tell us to eat and thirst tells us we need a drink, feelings tells us information about our authentic self that we need to address. 2. Our thoughts alone do not give us enough information to make good choices. We must align our feelings with our thoughts to get the most accurate signals to make the...

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Lessons Learned

Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Lessons Learned

I love that yoga is called a practice. The word practice implies ongoing work. It implies working toward something and every time I get on my mat I know that I have work to do. I am not being judged or timed. I am not even trying for perfection. I am listening to my body as it is on that day on my mat and deciding what my practice is going to look like. It looks different every time. What I get out of yoga is internal and external strength, mind and body connection, awareness and skills to bring off my mat. Team sports are so very different....

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Creating Bliss

Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Recent Blog | 0 comments

Creating Bliss

I have been reading a fabulous book by Stephen Cope called The Great Work of Your Life. It is a surprising page turner. Using concepts from the Bhagavad Gita about discovering one’s unique life purpose, Cope weaves in stories about famous people such as Jane Goodall, Susan B. Anthony, Henry David Thoreau and their path to finding bliss and dharma with everyday people struggling to find their way, committing to or missing their true calling. My inspiration for teaching yoga is the power that yoga has to guide each and every one of us toward...

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Peace. Strength. Truth.

Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Featured Slider | 0 comments

Peace. Strength. Truth.

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