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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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Happy Thanksgiving!

For Thanksgiving Day I want to share with you the closing intention that I offer at the end of each of my my yoga classes: “Today may we practice gratitude, for this body and this life; clarity that we may walk … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy, Saucha and the surprising Practice of “Cleanliness”

Hurricane Sandy has left her mark on so many lives here in the Northeast. The degree to which this storm has turned lives upside down goes from loss of power, loss of homes, to loss of lives. It has left … Continue reading

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Fact-checking and Satya (Yoga’s yama of Truthfulness)

The elections are upon us and that’s got me thinking about Satya, or Truthfulness. Satya is one of the yamas  (yokes or restraints) in yoga philosophy. The yamas give us guidelines for right living, showing us ways to look at … 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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