Ekapada Urdhva Dandasana - Size 12

Confessions of a Size 12 Yoga Teacher

I’m a yoga teacher and I have a dirty little secret. I’m a size 12. The last time I weighed myself, it was in the 180s. (Ugh. It hurts just to write.) I’ve been practicing yoga for 15 years, and teaching for four. I’m in the lucky 10% of yoga teachers who teaches full-time – it’s not just a hobby. I practice…

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Bowspring

Why I Stopped Caring if My Yoga Was Right

Some yoga teachers claim authenticity of their practice because of how old it is. I’ve practiced with teachers who say their yoga is the “real yoga,” because their teacher taught them the “real teachings.” Why do we need age or exclusivity to authenticate our personal experience in yoga? I’ve been exploring a new approach to alignment called “The Bowspring.” It flies in the face what…

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Integrity

You’re made up of a million different parts. Perhaps even an infinite number. It’s like the night sky. You can look up, and see twinkly lights — you know that some are stars and some are planets. You even know there are some that you can’t see because of light pollution. You know there are more than you can’t see…

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My Trusty Mala

Is Your Practice Protection or Prison?

Physical yoga (asana) comes from tantric schools of yoga. Tantra, however — contrary to everything your mother fears — is not all about sex. Instead, tantric practices are a concrete exploration of the divine. Tantric practice, in any tradition, involves ritual, movement, mantra, and other practices that give us a chance to experience the miracle of the world instead of just ruminate about it. The word…

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The Two Kinds of Darkness

This epic super moon eclipse on the vernal equinox has me thinking about darkness. This is what I’ve been thinking: There are two main flavors of darkness in our life. Because its easier to see what happening in the world outside us, rather than the world inside us (although I think they are the same), I’ll use meteorological metaphors to…

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The desert of Joshua Tree

Places to Go, People to See

I have an ever-growing, expanding, twinkling list of all the people I’d love to study with, places I want to experience, and events that I just can’t miss.  Except sometimes I’ll have to miss them.  Maybe you don’t!  In no particular order, check out: Krishna Das, anytime, anywhere.  Right now, I’m looking at visiting with him in Yogaville during Memorial…

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Commencement — What I Wish Someone Had Told Me at My Graduation

I was invited to give the Commencement Address at Herzing University‘s December graduation last night.  It was one of those opportunities that came to me through a  series of unpredictable events (aka divine providence), but it meant I had just a few days to put together my thoughts for these graduates. I might have said something different if I had been given more time,…

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Receiving Gratitude

This November, it seems like all of my Facebook friends are writing gratitude lists: every single day, expressing appreciation for everything they have, from nice weather to tasty dinners. My reactions range from a light smiles to subtle groans: “Oprah wins again.” My mind is so screwed up that I feel guilted into gratitude practice: “I should remember what I have more. I should appreciate the…

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What Ingress Taught Me About Yoga: A Confession

Ingress has been my dirty little secret for the last four months.

The Veil is Thin

This time of year, we sometimes say “the veil is thin” — the division between the waking world and the sleeping world, the conscious and unconscious, the embodied and transcended.  Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) gives us a chance to remind ourself that we’re all just dressed up in costumes and masks all the time.  My teacher Mitchel Bleier once suggested that…

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