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Practicing Mindfulness Meditation in Class – What You Can Expect?

The practice of mindfulness meditation is enriching but for many of us as soon as we close our eyes the seemingly simple task of stilling the mind feels daunting even impossible. We might be interested in learning mindfulness meditation for many different reasons; to reduce stress; to heal grief, emotional pain, and trauma; to seek […]

What is Yin Yoga and why would someone want to practice it?

Yin Yoga marries traditional Hatha Yoga postures with Taoist philosophy, and as such is a practice unique in purpose, method, and results. In Taoist thought, there exists a subtle, infinitely creative, and vital force called chi, which animates and pervades the manifest universe. As this force operates in the physical realm, it condenses into two […]

Feeling Gratitude Is Different From Giving Thanks

Gratitude. A word often heard in the yoga community. Feeling Gratitude is different from giving thanks. It feels like an experience. But the interesting thing about gratitude is that it is a skill. To allow oneself to feel grateful for something isn’t always a natural reaction. It is easy to feel it in certain occurrences. […]

On Meditation – You Don’t Have To Be Spiritual

As of late, I am again falling very deeply and madly in love with meditation.  As I navigate the hailstorms of unexpected transitions, I am reminded of its tremendous beauty and value. Mornings upon waking I sit, just like the hundreds of days before, though these mornings are different in tone.  They are heavy with […]

Radical Gratitude – Can Gratitude Practice Be Redefined?

Well, I suppose it’s time for an obligatory post on gratitude.  Until quite recently, I had put the word on a long list entitled “Words that sound pretty but that are overused in the spiritual community to the point where I shudder at the mention of them.”  When I attended classes concluding with an invitation […]

Finding Your Own Yoga – Lesson From Amma Nannamal

“We each have to find our own yoga,” Amma Nannamal, the luminous 98-year-old yogini, gently encouraged us.  “One of the greatest joys,” she continued, “is to be unbound by tradition, by teachers, by religion.  No teacher or teaching should inhibit your own path.  Only take away what has nourished part of you.  Find what works […]

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