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Blessings From The Celtic Solstice

This altar sends out gratitude for the earth that held and fed my ancestors. It is an invitation to the wind to enter my window as I sleep and fill my lungs with the ancient memories of their resilience. It calls to the water to nudge me tonight to flow through this lifetime as the generations of my fathers’ did; with the same acceptance the shore offers every unique …

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Why And How We Set an Intention In Yoga Class

The Significance of Setting Intention in Yoga The word yoga has 2 meanings in Sanskrit: one definition is to yoke or union, as in the way we bring together the physical body and mind with postures and breathing. We also use the word yoga to describe a state of being where we do everything in life with more awareness. What we do and say to ourselves in class becomes …

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Breaking Through The Self on Earth Day

I celebrate Earth Day coming from the inside out.  Like the hatchling, I break out first.  You may see it as a crack or a hole. My specialized egg tooth is meditation; well equipped on the inside. Breathing the air deeply I ready myself to break free; the air that is within the egg.  Like the egg tooth itself, all dissolves. Then I have to peck to break out. …

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The Ayurvedic Concept of Ojas In spring

Ojas is the beautiful sanskrit word that explains the essence of life. It is the subtle form of radiance, heath, immunity and longevity. On the physical level, Ojas corresponds with our bodies’ muscle, fat, bones, bone marrow, blood, plasma and semen. Ojas, along with Prana (physical vitality) and Tejas (mental clarity), make up the three positive forms of our constitution or doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in Ayurveda. In spring, …

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Embodiment, The Nervous System and Yoga Therapy

Perhaps it is the climate of our nation, but I am overdue for a geek blog. If the words “gray matter” intrigue or excite you, or if you just wonder why savasana feels so good, please enjoy this blog on how yoga can embody your nervous system. Gray matter is brain tissue located in the cerebral cortex of the brain.  Studies have shown (you are going to have to …

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Gratitude Meditation With Tarjani Mudra

Tarjani Mudra – Gently press the tips of the index fingers together, allowing the other fingers to relax inward.  Release the shoulders back and down, with the elbows held slightly away from the body and the forearms parallel to the earth, as if you are spaciously framing your heart. Take time to settle in and relax.  Pick a place where you will not be disturbed by anything or anyone.  …

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Applying The Three Gunas In Elections and Life

If you are still struggling with the post-election dystopia, have you considered trying yoga? Before you do, may I please explain something? As Gabriel Halpern said in his dharma talk last weekend, starting yoga to find peace and comfort is like being caught in a rain storm and deciding to jump in the ocean.  As a yoga studio owner, it saddens me to see countless class passes expire. In …

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