Posts tagged yoga
Building and Bolstering Resilience

These last few weeks of the year can be a time of great celebration and reflection. What have I learned from both my triumphs and my failure this year? What energy am I looking to take with me into the new year and what am I finally ready to leave behind? As the stressors and obligations start to ratchet up, we have some choices to make: get knocked down and swallowed up by stress or choose to bounce back. Let the bounce back be even more spectacular than the setback. We call the ability to bounce back Resilience. 

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Arrive

I arrived in a new place that is very different from my old home. It’s been a week and my body still thinks it’s on east coast time. I wake up every day at 4am, like my heart doesn’t want me to forget what I left behind just yet. I feel like I should be acclimated already. I’m impatient. I’m annoyed. And mainly with myself. Perhaps I am being too hard on myself. All of this tells me that I haven’t fully arrived yet.  I did all of the things that said “I’ve have arrived”, but part of me is still somewhere else.  It’s not here. It’s not now. This week, I’m consciously recognizing the ways in which I don’t arrive fully. Then I’ll use these tools to show up more fully when I notice I’m doing everything in my power to run away. 

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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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The Art of Saying Goodbye

It is so rare in life to find a person or place or group of people that touch your heart so deeply. Goodbyes, even when they mean writing an incredible next chapter, remind us that nothing lasts forever. Things change, people change, feelings change too. The mind knows that. Somehow the heart forgets. But goodbyes are necessary.  They leave behind no questions. No what if's. No gray area. With gratitude, look back on the moments that led to this one. They were filled with meaning. They were filled with the truest version of being alive.

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Awake and Alive Asana

The yoga practice stirred up a passion in me to live a life I never thought possible. This life is one that is full of compassion and connection and empathy and goodness. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but my body did. It knew that I was ready to wake up. Any mindful asana practice can act as a guide on the journey towards a full and feeling life, but over time I’ve found a few postures that draw me into being here, being now, fully feeling and living, with both ease and speed.

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