Theme Weaver: Be A Beginner

By Michelle Marchildon | Jan 8, 2018 | 2 Comments

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.…

A Tribute to my Mother

By Michelle Marchildon | Jan 2, 2018 | 3 Comments

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.…

I Was Spanked All the Same

By Michelle Marchildon | Jan 2, 2018 | 5 Comments

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…

Practice is the Point

By Michelle Marchildon | Sep 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

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,…

Aging in America is a Sh*t Show

By Michelle Marchildon | Sep 21, 2017 | 12 Comments

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,…

A Yoga Theme for Spring Cleaning

By Michelle Marchildon | Apr 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

Who Do You Love? A Valentine’s Day Theme

By Michelle Marchildon | Feb 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…