The Science of Yoga

The science issue of Ascent Magazine in 2001 was the spark I needed to start my meditation practice. An article about Dr. Andrew Newberg’s research on the brains of Buddhists and nuns while meditating gave me the scientific proof that this sitting business was going to get me somewhere (sorry, that’s what I needed!). In […]

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Enlighten Up?

So we went, we watched, and we pondered. The film “Enlighten Up!”, showing at The Varsity through May 28, is subtitled “A Skeptic’s Journey into the World of Yoga.” Indeed it was. At the May 14th screening, a crowd of 8 Limbs teachers and students gathered to see what a documentary about yoga would be […]

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Having FUN

During a late-night talk with Melina during the Breitenbush Advanced Training Retreat, a question came up that always takes me by surprise: “What are you doing for fun?” I mean, I feel very satisfied with my life, enjoy what I do for work, have a great time with my husband and kids, and keep in […]

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Retreat

This has been the topic around the 8 Limbs office the last few weeks. No, we aren’t talking about a retreat from taxes. Rather the ways that we, as busy human beings (or should we just say human doings?), can find refuge. The pulls away from this are many. We live in a vibrant city […]

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Balance

Last weekend I had the serendipitous fortune to experience a couple of extraordinary balancing acts. My family watched the movie Man on Wire and took in Seattle’s own Moisture Festival, a Comedy and Variety Show with acrobats, jugglers and musicians. These performers practice “balance” in extreme conditions: walking on a wire thousands of feet from […]

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Keep it Green

Back home in New Orleans, March means that you can go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade and catch all the ingredients you need for a stew, including water (if it rains). I remember scoring my first cabbage as a kid. It was losing leaves in the air and felt like catching a big ball. […]

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Friday the 13th

As someone born on Friday the 13th, I have always embraced this “bad luck” day. I choose 13 for my volleyball and soccer uniforms, don’t mind sitting in the 13th row (if there is one!), and find it fascinating that $800 to 900 million of business is “lost” on occurrences of Friday the 13th. I […]

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Mardi Gras Mambo

I just returned from a trip to my hometown of New Orleans to teach a workshop, see family, and celebrate my first Mardi Gras there since 1988. The workshop was about the koshas, the dimensions or layers of bring that cover our soul, and the participants were in “Soul School”, the Teacher Training at Sean […]

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It’s the Start of Something New

Starting something new can be the HARDEST THING. Your first yoga class, a blind date, a home practice, you fill in the blank! It took me at least five years of taking yoga classes to finally commit to the elusive home practice. The key, for me, was to do it first thing in the morning. […]

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