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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 

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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...

January 7, 2019

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Self care has become a new catchphrase encompassing everything from green smoothies to pedicures.  It has become so ubiquitous that its actual meaning has been watered down to in fact, mean nothing at all.  And yet it is probably the single most important factor to becoming a great yoga teacher and staying committed to the path. 

Self care is noticing what you are feeling in the moment, choosing the tool, resource or practice that is appropriate for the situation and that in some way allows you to come back to yourself.  Yoga is all about self-study and I believe that this is really the crux behind the self-care movement.  As we get to know ourselves and the origins of some of our choices we become more and more who w...

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