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June 4, 2019

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Dear Yoga Teachers,

In the 300 hour teacher training, we spend a lot of time uncovering who we truly are as teachers and make a commitment to fostering those aspects of the practice that spark joy.  I've been sharing the following information with trainees and mentors, because I think it's important to remember that we don't have to be all things to all students.  If we are trying to do that then you can be sure that you're going to get burnt out really quickly.  

How would you categorize yourself based on the types below?* (You can feel drawn to mor
e than one category.) 

  • Educator

  • Activist

  • Healer

  • Artist

  • Preacher/Spiritual Teacher

  • Mystic

  • Scientist

  • Storyteller 

    ...

April 26, 2019

Dear Yoga Teachers,

I was listening to one of J. Brown's Yoga Talkspodcasts the other day.  He was hosting Bernie Clark and Peter Blakaby.  They were engaged in a very friendly debate about the purpose of yoga and spending time trying to refine their respective points of view. Bernie Clark teaches from the map of yin yoga and comes from the view that we have to work the tissues to affect change in our movement patterns.  Peter Blakaby teaches from the map that our patterns are ingrained in our nervous system and that we need to provide space and comfort for the body to impact change in our movement patterns.  


I realized I was hoping for a more definitive answer as to which map provided the greate...

February 12, 2019

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In any practice of mindfulness, the process we engage in is ultimately the practice of cultivating the habit of remembrance. What are we remembering when we do asana, pranayama or sit in meditation? We are remembering that we aren't separate from the fabric of the Universe.  That we are, in fact, a very colorful thread that is woven into the richness and elegance of this pattern.
 
When we allow ourselves to slow down, we can actually feel the layers of tension dissolving, the inner vibrancy radiating and the strength of our own resolve.  To soften means we allow ourselves to become a little bit more receptive to an inherent compassion and love.  To surrender means we take an attitude of radical self-acceptance that gives us the...

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