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The Trouble with Bumper Stickers and Yoga

The Trouble with Bumper Stickers and Yoga

When “it’s all good” is your philosophy, denial and avoidance become your partners in crime. And any ethical framework, including the yamas and niyamas become easy to dismiss or blissfully ignore. “It’s all good” denies this very fundamental evolutionary process and sets you back to the starting line.
Bumper sticker philosophy is fine for cars, but it can’t deliver the nuanced wisdom that emerges from examined experience.

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Talking about Breath-Centered vs. Fitness-Focused Yoga Practice

Talking about Breath-Centered vs. Fitness-Focused Yoga Practice

Last week a participant in my online training asked for some help finding the right language to explain how Subtle Yoga is different from alignment or fitness-based yoga. She was trying out for a new teaching gig and was concerned because she’d been warned that a popular teacher in her community was planning on coming to her class and would, most likely, heavily critique her. Seriously?! I’d be so freaked out!

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Yoga Class, Politics, and (mostly) Keeping my Mouth Shut

Yoga Class, Politics, and (mostly) Keeping my Mouth Shut

It was in 2003, right after the U.S. invaded Iraq. A student came up to me after class to tell me how much better she felt.
“Both of my boys were deployed,” she said sadly with a sigh. “And this class was exactly what I needed.”
“That must be really hard as a mom. . .” I responded and before I could stop myself the words tumbled out of my enormous mouth, “especially for such a pointless war.”

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Yoga: An Insomniac’s Guide (Plus a Tip from my Mom)

Yoga: An Insomniac’s Guide (Plus a Tip from my Mom)

I’ve had insomnia since I was a kid. I remember lying on my back with my covers pulled up to my ears, staring at the stars through my window, acutely aware of the stillness of the rest of my family sleeping peacefully, and wondering when I’d finally drift off too.

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Dodging the Adjustment Police and why Function Trumps Flexibility

Dodging the Adjustment Police and why Function Trumps Flexibility

… though I wasn’t very flexible, I also wasn’t a beginner. I’d been practicing for 13 years and teaching for 7. Still I knew, even way before we got to Hanumanasana, that I would stick out like a sore, stiff, inflexible thumb. But I went anyway, the teacher was huge and everyone was talking about how great he was, so I wanted to see for myself.

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Proprioception and Interoception – Lessons from the Accident Prone

Proprioception and Interoception – Lessons from the Accident Prone

A primary benefit is that good interoception helps to dissipate unconscious muscular tension in your body – holding patterns you may not even know that you have! When you start to unravel these patterns, you diminish the effects of stress on your system. And that’s always a good thing. In fact, some researchers have suggested that poor interoception lies at the heart of many chronic diseases – think about it, I work too hard, I don’t have time to exercise, I don’t pay attention to my diet, I don’t manage my stress, and then, surprise, I have heart disease!

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