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Become Powerful Beyond Measure

Marianne Williamson writes in her book A Return to Love, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who…

Be Like The Water Flowing Around The Rocks

I wonder what would happen if every time we encounter the difficult, a situation, person, or yoga asana, we became softer, allowing energy to shift subtly around us? Taoist philosophy is the way of water, within the pure consciousness of water…

Out with the old…

What a wonderful week we spent practicing yoga and studying philosophy and nutrition! We've reached the end of the first week-long yoga challenge / cleanse. Throughout this week, we practiced yoga everyday, discovering the expansiveness that…

Allegrezza

Allegrezza, the intelligent heart. In Esther Myers' 1996 interview in Yoga Journal with Vanda Scaravelli, this is the description she uses of the way in which she learned to align herself to her yoga practice with ease. She says that she learned…

New Beginnings

We herald new beginnings and mark our life's calendar with the glad tidings that the extra light brings after the winter solstice, the cleansing that winter evokes, and the momentum of starting a new year. 2011. A new year brings with it the…

Heart and Hips

Other than staying permanently curled in an electric blanket, I can think of no better way to stay warm and feel vibrant this winter than to keep your chest and hips open and happy. When there's a chill in the air (and burr, is there ever!)…

Yoga in Your Life

Recently I had the honor of speaking at Shepherd College on the value of yoga in a person's life. I thought about the strength that yoga asana gives our bodies and the steady concentration that it gives our minds. I thought mostly, though, of…

Cure for Sore Muscles

Feeling Sore? Muscles really letting you know they exist? Try rubbing 1/2 cup olive or sesame oil on your whole body. Starting with the feet, work your way up, rubbing in smooth strokes on your limbs and back, clockwise round strokes on your…

Why do you need yoga?

Why do you need yoga? When I first began practicing I thought I was in for some exercise. I admit it, I liked the long, lean look of the yoginis like Shiva Rea and even Christy Turlington (oh, and the male counterparts like Sting weren’t…