Your Baby is Ugly

“Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?” - Sufi saying Satya invites us to walk the slippery slope between cold, hard facts and a softer, gentler version of the truth, but it is always asking us not to lie. Instead it is asking us to live with integrity. Is what we are saying, and how we are saying it, in alignment with our higher consciousness? Read More

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Yoga Is For Everybody

Every day the phone rings at a yoga studio with someone stating, “My doctor recommended I try yoga.” Others will declare “I’m old, I’m overweight, I have arthritis, I have fibromyalgia, I can’t balance, I’m not flexible.” Many of these excuses wrapped in inquiry are from those afraid to try yoga. They’ve seen the cover of a yoga magazine or book in which the yoga practitioner is contorted, beautiful, 23, thin and smiling like this is how she wakes up. Yes, that yoga is available. No, that’s not all there is. Read More

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One Sturdy Tree

The practice of yoga is an eight-limbed approach with roots dating back nearly 5,000 years. It is a complete holistic set of guidelines for living a joyful, healthy life. And you thought it was just about bending and twisting. An oral tradition beginning in India, yoga was finally codified in Read More

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First, Do No Harm

You may recognize this to be the first line of the Hippocratic Oath. While the sentiment is in the actual oath, this line is not. BUT it is absolutely the first vow of yoga: Ahimsa. It seems like a no brainer. None of us sets out to do harm – at least, we don’t think we do. It’s completely obvious that we should not kill each other or smack people because we don’t like what they have to say. But this Yama goes farther and deeper than that. This is about equanimity. The good news is this; it is always there within you, always has been, always will be. We, as humans, have piled a lot of beliefs, ego and righteousness on top of our compassionate kindness. Read More

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