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  • Gomukhasana: Facing the Cow

    Gomukhasana: Facing the Cow

    It’s common knowledge that cows hold sacred status in India. To ancient nomadic and farmers, cows represented wealth, nourishment and nurturance. While they are valued for their milk that yields staples of the Indian diet—ghee, yogurt and cheese—cows are not slaughtered for their flesh. Only when a cow dies of old age can her hide be made into shoes.

    In Hindu mythology, Nandi the bull is a constant companion to Shi…continue reading

  • In Gratitude

    In Gratitude

    The wind thanks you, unfurling over the worn horizon

    so it can billow into night. The stars too, whether talismans

    of light dying or just being born, behind the small birds

    arriving or staying behind, who balance gratefully

    on thin branches of the coming winter. The squirrel

    in the field, the hidden fox, the mammals under and over

    ground, find a way out of no way. The world is composed,

    is composing itself, anew even in a narrow time: flashe…continue reading

  • Cheap Yoga Deals: How Does the Yoga Community Benefit from Them?

    Cheap Yoga Deals:  How Does the Yoga Community Benefit from Them?

    Everybody loves a deal—everybody. That includes me. I can easily be sucked into buying something I don’t need just because it’s deeply discounted. Who knows? I might actually need that discounted thing someday. Might as well get it now while it’s such a great price!

    About four years ago, the internet exploded with deals. Sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial, as well …continue reading

  • What are the Real Benefits of Yoga?

    Benefits of Yoga: Strength, Flexibility and Smile

    Over the years, countless people have asked me what benefits my students feel when they practice asana. A quick Google search on the benefits of yoga (i.e., asana) yields an astounding 45,400,000 listings. While I confess that I did not get much past the first page of the list, the sampling I read largely listed physical and physiological benefits—flexibility, increased muscle tone, weight loss,…continue reading

  • Marketing Yoga Classes with Soul: It’s Just Money, Honey

    Marketing Yoga Classes with Soul: It’s Just Money, Hon

    We all have parking lots filled with baggage when it comes to money. Some of us feel we deserve to struggle, especially if we’re doing what we love. Others feel entitled to have the dough roll in quickly and easily. Collectively, there’s enormous vats full of shame, entitlement, confusion, fear, anger, arrogance, low self-esteem and other varieties of imbalance when it comes to our relat…continue reading

  • Support Your Local Yoga Teacher

    Support Your Local Yoga Teacher

    I feel fortunate—really fortunate. Decades ago, I got to study with yoga luminaries such as Donna Farhi, Judith Hanson Lasater, Elise Miller, Angela Farmer, Aadil Palkhivala, the late Mary Dunn and many others at a time when 20 students was the average size for a workshop. From these teachers I’ve learned more than I can possibly quantify or express. For years, when traveling teachers came to my town—or within…continue reading

  • Group Yoga: Why Yoga Classes Inspire Us

    Group Yoga: Why Yoga Classes Inspire Us

    Yoga is an individual practice that takes place on a mat, a rug, outside, inside or various other places. When we breathe and do asanas we are given a chance to be an inner witness to our own challenges, successes and boundaries. These truths are part of what makes the practice perfect for anyone: You come to the mat where you are, with what you have and as you are.

    Yet, there are more and more opportunities …continue reading

  • What Does it Really Mean to Go Deeper in Yoga?

    What Does it Really Mean to Go Deeper in Yoga?

    I was a sprinter and a long jumper in high school. In track practices and meets, the goal was always to sprint faster and jump farther. When you made progress, the evidence was absolute, even if you’d only beaten your last personal best by a tenth of a second or a half inch.

    After high school, the sports I engaged in—bike commuting and hiking—were not so easily quantified. Still, I often c…continue reading

  • Children’s Justice Center - A Safe Haven for Kids and their Parents

    Children’s Justice Center

    I’ve driven by the house at least 100 times, perched as it is at the corner of the turnoff to City Creek Canyon, one of my favorite respites in Salt Lake City. It looks just like many of the houses in the Avenues neighborhood—modest and welcoming. You’d never know it houses a non-profit that communicates with the District Attorney’s office, Salt Lake’s 14 police departments, Child Protective Services, the Guar…continue reading

  • Marketing Yoga Classes with Soul: Part 2

    Marketing Yoga Classes with Soul

    How we market ourselves has grown exponentially in recent years. Between social media, print ads and printed material, word-of-mouth, collaboration with others, and promotions on radio, television or the web, the possibilities could drive a person into Corpse Pose for many hours. In this post, I want to share with you some of the directions you could take your marketing, all with the caveat that you need to find wh…continue reading

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