Guru Purnima

Today is Guru Purnima, the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August). This is a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa, the guru of gurus and ‘father of our scriptures’. Vyasa was the ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata (which includes […]

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Happy Freedom Day

Whenever July 4th comes around I get to thinking about freedom. That, to me, is what Independence Day is all about. Freedom from control (from another country), freedom of religion (or from it), freedom of speech (though it’ll all be recorded somewhere), and the many other freedoms that we experience in the United States, more […]

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Isvara Pranidhana

A few weeks ago week the theme of my yoga classes was Isvara Pranidhana. As I learned it, the Sanskrit word Isvara means “that which sustains you.” For some that is God, for others, family, or Earth, the great planet we honored in April with Earth Day. The idea of Isvara is in itself an […]

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Why Practice

Hello Committed Yogis, Since we are all committing to practice yoga for 28 days straight, I thought we might like to get a few things clear– for example, what do we mean by “practice?” So I started where many definitive searches start, with the dictionary! Definition of Practice: Noun- Repetition of an activity to improve […]

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Restorative Yoga

When I was first introduced to the Restorative practice over a decade ago, I can remember exactly what I felt: both disappointment and relief. Disappointment that we would not be doing a strong, challenging practice bound up in the wall ropes, weighted down by sandbags and pulled apart with partner work (all at the same […]

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Yin Yang Practice

Hello fellow yogis! In one week I’ll be teaching a Yin/Yang Yoga workshop, a led practice with meditation. I’m hoping it’ll be for you the type of workshop I love to take, where you completely relax, tune out the world and pay attention to yourself, your breath and body and lose all time – a […]

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Commitment

A few years ago I sat up in bed in the middle of the night and said, out loud, “I’m going to practice yoga for 30 days. Without questioning it.”  I quickly fell right back to sleep.  The next morning, when I woke up, to be honest I was rather dumbfounded by the proclamation. Did […]

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Mindfulness Meditation

It’s the first night of the Mindfulness Meditation Series, a 6 week program I teach at 8 Limbs Phinney as an in depth training in Mindfulness Meditation (aka Insight Meditation or Vipassana). There are 15 of us sitting on our cushions in a circle on this chilly Seattle evening. I like to start the series […]

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December Newsletter

Note: This is the December Education Director Newsletter, sent out December 1, 2012 A few nights ago, Jenny Hayo asked our Teacher Training group “why do you do yoga?” Several individual answers were volunteered: “it feels good”, “it helps me to know myself”, “it’s the only thing that helps me feel right”, and “sanity.” Jenny […]

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