Posts by Michelle Marchildon

Yoga Theme for Three Goddesses

Theme Weaver: The Goddesses: Kali, Sarasvati, Lakshmi Your Why: Put your reason for teaching here. Theme: Three Goddesses of Hindu Mythology HOVs: Self-reflection, Self-Knowledge, Clarity  Anecdote: In Hinduism, the three Goddesses represent many facets of one self, the beauty, the fierce and the cultured academic. In yoga, Sarasveti the intellectual, might be represented by alignment-based…

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Maybe We’re to Blame?

There’s an ad going around featuring puppies and kittens and babies being born with the tagline, “We want to make Facebook like it used to be.” You know, before we effed it up. I’ll confess, I haven’t been as active on Facebook as I once was. But it wasn’t Mark Zuckerberg or the Russians that…

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Theme Weaver: Be A Beginner

Yoga Theme:   Be a Beginner, Always Your Why:       Write why you teach here. Theme:             Be a beginner and have no judgment. HOVs:              Ahimsa, Non-Judgment, Beginner’s Mind Anecdote: January is a good time to remember that no matter how experienced we are, we will always be a beginner on the mat.…

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A Tribute to my Mother

Dr. Deborah Weissman-Miller, 1938 – 2017. My beautiful mother. Born in a time when women were expected to marry and stay at home. At 24 she was divorced, a single mother without a college education. Then her father died when I was five, and she found herself, she told me, frighteningly adrift. No college degree.…

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I Was Spanked All the Same

In the news today is my former employer, The Anniston Star, once one of the best small newspapers in the United States. It is making headlines not for breaking news but for being news. It turns out, the publisher had a little problem with spanking the women. Spoiler alert: Inquiring minds want to know if…

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Practice is the Point

Practice is the Point, a ‘Theme Weaver’ Theme You: (Put your “Why” or reason to teach here.) I teach to help everyone find clarity in their practice, and purpose in their life. Theme:  Practice is the point, a sports theme. The pose is just a stepping stone. HOVs:              Practice,…

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Aging in America is a Sh*t Show

If I’m honest, Desiree Rumbaugh and I probably should not have named our recent book, “Fearless After Fifty.” Everyone told us so. Not one person said, “By all means celebrate aging in America.” Not one person said, “Celebrate maturity in a way that makes it sound like an adventure worth taking, with romance, love, spirit,…

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A Yoga Theme for Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning 1. You: Put your reason for teaching yoga here. 2. Theme: Spring cleaning. Can also work with themes about habits and getting organized. 3. HOVS: Sauca, cleanliness, intention, samskaras, clarity 3. Anecdote: Open your class with any story or dharma talk about spring cleaning and getting organized. Perhaps mention the yoga Niyama Sauca…

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Who Do You Love? A Valentine’s Day Theme

You:                 Why do you teach? Write it here so you won’t forget. Theme:            Who do you love? A take on ‘Safe or Sorry’? HOVs:              Risk vs Reward, Santosha, Contentment and Tapas, or fire. Anecdote: On Valentine’s Day, I can’t help but remember the ones I loved. Did you date the good boy…

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These May Be the Best of Times

My sons are coming of age in a time when they perceive their country to be burning down. And that may not be a bad thing. I have this aphorism: Nothing really changes. We just know more. A year or so ago we were happy in our content. Children murmured the 31 words of the…

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