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  • What to Do When Your Yoga Class Falls Asleep

    What To Do When Your Whole Yoga Class Falls Asleep

    They fell asleep, every last one of them. I could tell people were dozing off when I led them through a guided imagery in Savasana, telling them about the need for rest and replenishment as the seasons changed. They obviously took me at my word. Snoring abounded. Slow, deep breathing took over. Some people’s eyelids fluttered just a bit; others had their tired eyes well hidden under eye pillows.

  • Quick and Tasty Dinner - Romaine Salad with Chives, Pecans, Chevre and Chive Blossoms

    Romaine Salad with Chives, Pecans, Chevre and Chive Blossoms

    I’ve been eating garden lettuce for several weeks now. My Romaine is not quite as big as what you’ll find in grocery stores, but it’s so tender and fresh. I’ve been enjoying this lively salad for the past few days. It’s especially fun to make this salad at the moment because my backyard chives are in bloom and the blossoms make a delicate and pretty addition to the greens.…continue reading

  • Yoga Poetry - You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World

    Yoga Poetry
    You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World

    Whatever you lift to the sky, the sky covers:

    middle-of-the-night exaggerations dissolve

    to slivers of sadness on your pillow,

    middle-of-life jolts compress the heavens

    into one streak of sleet, thawing into softer ground.

    Like the rain cycle that obscures the view,

    you can lose your way on old ground or forget

    the innate blue light in everything, ready again.

    The surface of the tall grass spins in the bree…continue reading

  • Save Your Wrists and Build Strength in Dog Pose

    Save Your Wrists and Hands in Dog Pose!

    Adho Mukha Svanasana, aka Downward Facing Dog Pose or simply Dog Pose, is arguably the most ubiquitous of poses. Yoga teacher Donna Farhi calls it the “‘garlic’ of yoga poses—a panacea for whatever ails you.” Dog Pose is simultaneously an inversion, an arm balance, a forward bend and a restorative pose. It opens your shoulders, strengthens your arms, lengthens your spine, stretches your legs, inver…continue reading

  • HCI’s Wellness-Survivorship Center Heals Lives

    HCI’s Wellness-Survivorship Center Heals Lives

    Not long ago, a patient at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) confessed to the institute’s Wellness-Survivorship Center manager, Shelley White, that she accidentally missed her radiation appointment. The patient had spent the day going from appointment to appointment at the Wellness Center. She enjoyed herself so thoroughly in the Wellness Center that she simply forgot she had a radiation session sch…continue reading

  • Experienced Yoga Teachers - What You Don’t Know Counts

    Facilitating the Flow of Prana with a Yoga Block
    Why Beginning Teachers are More Confident than Experienced Yoga Teachers

    Yesterday morning one of my students asked me how my teaching has changed over the last 29 years. A few things came to mind: I no longer feel an ego need to demonstrate show-off poses. I no longer interpret “beginning,” “intermediate,” or “advanced” through the lens of what a person’s body can or can’t do. But m…continue reading

  • Cultivating Appreciation - Knowing You Have No Toothache

    Cultivating Appreciation - Knowing You Have No Toothache

    A while back some nasty bacteria set up camp around my lower right wisdom tooth. The sensation was one I’d never felt before. Swollen gum tissue had displaced the tooth, so much so that the only teeth that articulated in my entire mouth were the infected one and the upper one opposite it. And when those two teeth came together, shock waves shot through my mouth.

    My dentist thought the t…continue reading

  • Bridge Pose: Get Out of Your Chair

    Bridge Pose: The Best Anti-Sitting Pose

    We all do it. Every day. Hunched over a computer, grasping a steering wheel, slouched on the couch or settled onto a meditation cushion—we all sit, sometimes for hours at a time.

    We take sitting in chairs for granted. It’s the go-to position for pretty much everything we do on a regular basis. Like standing and lying down, it’s something most of our bodies are designed to do. The problem lies in the ext…continue reading

  • The Original Yoga Shorts: A Journey

    The Original Yoga Shorts

    A few items have lived in storage for much, much longer than two years, but they are not going anywhere, despite the fact that I don’t plan to wear them again. One such item is a pair of maroon-colored velour gym shorts I first saw more than 25 years ago.

    I remember it like it was yesterday:  A golden-haired, blue-eyed Yoga student of several years walked into a Monday night intermediate class wearing the maroon shorts. …continue reading

  • Growing a Yoga Community

    What Size Class Suits Your Teaching Style?
    Your Yoga Community:  Does Size Matter?

    The photos are everywhere. Yoga classes depicted in mainstream media often show an endless sea of mats, their occupants performing mirror-image poses of one another. Sometimes finding the microphone-adorned teacher is akin to playing “Where’s Waldo?”

    These photos, while they may depict reality for some of the yoga world’s best-known teachers, are not reality…continue reading

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