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Drifting and Steering: Yoga’s Voyage

In Mark Nepo’s book “The Exquisite Risk” he says “the human journey is one of steering our way back to center over and over.” Nepo likens our journey through life and transformation to being in a canoe. “…If left alone … Continue reading

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Yoga’s niyama, Svadyaya- Self Study

The niyamas of Yoga are the observances we strive to uphold in order to live our best, “right” life. While recently reflecting on the essential niyama of yoga, svadyaya (ongoing investigation of the self), I remembered a story of my … Continue reading

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Yoga, Jazz & Theodore Roosevelt: Do What You Can With What You Have

  My husband is a jazz musician and plays the drum set. He is an aficionado of sound- especially when it comes to his cymbals. He uses a technique of hammering an existing brass cymbal in order to alter its … Continue reading

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Dogs, Yoga and the “Wisdom of No Escape”

Last week it was time to bathe my dog Pearl. She hates baths and it’s always a bit of an ordeal for both of us. Pearl is 12 now, so I wanted to find some small way to take her … Continue reading

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Ego: The easy way out… (or not). The yoga Klesha Asmita

  One of the five Kleshas or hindrances in Yogic philosophy is Asmita, or egoism. The word Klesha is derived from the sanskrit root Klish which means “to suffer, torment or distress- to cause trouble”. The Kleshas are the Hindrances. … Continue reading

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Svadyaya: Yoga’s Niyama of Self-Study

  Of all the topics out there to study- why is Self-study one of the most important subjects we can tackle in order to transform our lives? I don’t use the term “tackle” lightly either! Study of self inherently comes … Continue reading

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Pratipaksha Bhavana

 “When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of”. This instruction from the Yoga Sutras in Sanskrit breaks down as Prati- other, opposite; Paksha- wing, half; Bhavana- dwelling, mansion, being. I love the visual image of walking into a … Continue reading

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