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10 Surprising Ways to Use a Wall When Twisting

With the amount of reading I’m throwing at you this week, it may feel like you, too, are in the grad school. Today, I’m bringing you a piece I wrote for yoga journal about twisting. Who doesn’t need a good twist at the end of the year?

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Practice What You Preach

Releasing is tapping into the softer side of ourselves. Releasing comes from a place of making peace with circumstances, perceived limitations, who we are, who the other person is. Releasing is understanding that our attachments to our ideas of what we are are limiting what could be. In this flow can you let the thoughts and the feelings and the sensations wash over you without attaching your identity or worth or significance to any one thought/feeling/sensation in particular? Show up honestly- perhaps a little messy or tired or confused or wound tightly- and know that this practice will hold you.

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Why I Run: Team For Kids

People like to celebrate their birthdays in all different sorts of ways. For me, I like to run a race. It reminds me that I have this gift of a body that moves and a heart that beats and a brain that thinks. It reminds me that even if I’m struggling, I am alive and what a gift that is.  This year I’m running the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon for Team for Kids. Team for Kids brings running and athletic programming to youth around the city for free. You can help me by donating here.

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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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Awake and Alive

Yoga is the practice of being awake and alive. Many people spend their whole lives asleep, unable, maybe afraid, to feel or think too much or too deeply. Practicing yoga means a commitment to waking up. Like ripping off the comforter for a pre-6am wake up call in the dead of winter, waking up is not always comfortable. 

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The Here and Now

Being present is easier when we live inside the range of comfortable feelings.  If we are a little bit sad or kind of happy, it is much easier to sit inside of those experiences and be present. When we start to explore the edges of the spectrum of emotions, that’s when things get challenging. The body is incredibly smart. Sometimes if we translate these big concepts into a physical practice, they resonate in a more whole way.

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