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Conversations on the 1 Train: how one woman forever changed my life

One day, I help an activist from Nepal find her way to Columbia University. On the subway, she asked me what kind of yoga I taught. I said something to the effect of vinyasa yoga, edging towards power. She paused with a little furrow in her brow. She then said, "but what kind of yoga do you teach?" It was a question that changed my world.  She was less concerned with the physical practice and more concerned with the energetic, philosophic, and healing ideas behind the movement.  She wanted to know the why. No one had ever asked me why. Perhaps they had, but they hadn't demanded an answer the way she did.

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Meeting Discomfort with Grace

Discomfort is inevitable. It will happen. I know I am not alone in this when I say that I have spent most of my life trying to avoid discomfort. Avoiding discomfort (read: big feelings and thoughts that often materialized in visceral ways) led me to really horrible patterns of substance abuse, high risk behavior that I knew triggered a dissociative response in me, and a long battle with an eating disorder. It also led me to the yoga practice. The yoga practice taught me how to meet discomfort with ease and grace.

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