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Desire and Longing

What do you know about your heart’s longing for life? Late at night, between sleep and slumber, when our guard is down and we feel the vast possibilities reflected in the night sky, what do you long for? What secret desire wants to express itself through you? If you could be–just be–the truest expression of your secret heart, how would that look?   How different is that from the you who presents yourself to the world when the dreamy sleep falls away and you get up to meet the bright light of day? Where is that innocence, curiosity, awe that we started with? How many ways has it been stifled, beaten out of you, rejected, hidden? Do you dare to even know it? Can you remember? Can you feel it now–even if you simultaneously deny it–can you hear the whisper of it calling you back to yourself?   Imagine what it would be like...

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Courage

Courage   Last night I watched my daughter get up in front of hundreds of people sit down at a keyboard and do a beautiful rendition of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.   Part of what amazes me about this is not just that my daughter has a beautiful voice, or that she is continually teaching herself new music, new instruments. Or that she has the courage to do this, exactly. You see what amazes me most, is just how courageous she is in general and that with no announcement she just decided to do this thing. You see she is a pretty private and somewhat reserved person. Outgoing, social, yes but an introvert who has pretty clear ideas, and boundaries, about who she lets into her inner world. Her music is a rich part of that inner world, particularly her singing. While she will sing along to the music on spotify...

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BREATHE

This morning I lay in bed not quite ready to get up and meet the day. As I watched the sun rise, I notice the rise and fall of my breath.   I am always amazed at the complexity of breath – of all the stories it tells about where I am in the moment and intricate layers of where I have been.   It’s a funny thing, breath. We don’t usually give it much thought – it’s automatic right? I mean that’s the whole point, it’s automatic so we don’t have to think about it because we humans are distractible and if our breath relied on us paying attention to it. Well let’s just say, our species would be short lived. The thing is, it’s not quite that simple. Of course, we breathe enough to be alive but the breath is actually a complex multi layered thing. It can tell us so much...

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My Definition of Self Care

I have been thinking about self-care a lot lately. Going through cancer treatment tends to make you reflect on things like that. But I am also hearing that phrase a lot from other people and in the media. I think it has become a buzzword, and because of that, I often wonder what other people mean by self-care. Does it looks anything like what I mean when I say to my clients “self care is the advanced yoga”? I say this because I often see, in my friends and clients, how hard it is to really pay attention to what we need. It is even harder to make time for ourselves to do the things we need to feel balanced, let alone joyful, and thriving. It is an art, a science, and a process. It is the basis of my yoga practice.   When I say self-care, I literally mean caring for...

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The Power of Attention

On a similar note, my niece and I do yoga together. Lucky me, we trade: my one on one yoga sessions for her talent as a designer (and she is incredibly talented… did you see my logo?). This arrangement is so much fun. ...

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PREFRONTAL WHAT?

So, I love the brain, who doesn’t? I mean there is to much to appreciate! Like the best leaders of any complex organization (or in this case organism) the brain orchestrates complex tasks with efficiency, and very little fuss about who is in charge or who should get credit. ...

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The Beautiful Brain

I have been fascinated by the brain for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl, my mother gave me a walk in closet to have as my own ‘laboratory”. This was prime space in a house of 8 children and I quickly put it to use with my microscope, my dissection and chemistry kits, a model of the brain and a cherished set of old encyclopedias....

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Does Meditation take discipline?

When people find out that I have a daily meditation practice, they often will say things like “wow, you must be disciplined!” or, “I could never do that, I don’t have the motivation” . At first, I thought, yay! I am disciplined, isn’t that great. But in truth, it hasn’t nothing to do with discipline. I mean sure, in the beginning when I was trying to develop my meditation practice, there was something similar to discipline involved, and I have to admit I wasn’t very good at it. ...

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I can’t do yoga because I am not flexible

One of the most common things I hear when people find out I teach yoga is “I can’t do yoga because I am not flexible”. This makes me laugh for two reasons: 1) it is such a reflection of our culture that people think you have to be good at something on the first try. ...

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Curiosity = Fun

Curiosity is the spice of life. I have had friends tell me that I am a bit like a labrador puppy. I like to play and am almost always up for exploring, especially if someone will do it with me. I get excited and energetic and animated....

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