Posts Tagged ‘yogi muse’

What Makes a Good Yoga Class?

And what makes a really bad one?  Greetings fellow yogis. I have just returned from a really crazy, really bad yoga class. It was so wrong, that my friend and fellow teacher wants her money back. It was so wrong, that I feel slightly mistreated. It was so wrong, that I am compelled to write…

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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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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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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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Peace y’all. What I’m Leaving Behind in 2016

This year had its share of grief, but mostly it was a time when complacency was torn asunder. Everyone on the right and the left, every sex, color and nationality, rich or poor, everyone was jostled out of a long decade’s nap of okayness. Consciousness may be uncomfortable, but it does make things clearer. It…

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I like Corepower, and I cannot lie.

The biggest mistake we can make is to rue the days of small beginnings. If you had told me 20 years ago that someday I would practice yoga, and I would like it, I would have said you were high. When I first started practicing, I was exhausted, overweight and overworked. As a software executive…

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There comes a time when we must choose. That is yoga.

This story is an excerpt from “Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger Through Yoga.” It is dedicated to my father, a ‘man of substance,’ who taught me to love all animals, and to protect those who cannot fight for themselves. Choose As humans, we are given the gift of choice. It is…

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Nanny-Gate at the Baldwins

In case you missed it, there’s been more drama for yogi Hilaria Baldwin. After hubby Alec thanked five nannies for their service, it set off a firestorm of media coverage for the young mother. Actually, it wasn’t really a firestorm. Hilaria wrote on Instagram that the haters were picking on her. She also said she doesn’t…

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