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 | 11 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…

These May Be the Best of Times

By Michelle Marchildon | Feb 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

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

By Michelle Marchildon | Jan 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

Finish Strong: A Theme Weaver Theme

By Michelle Marchildon | Dec 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

You:                 Write your “why” for teaching here. Theme:            “Finish Strong” or “Make it Happen,” or “Overnight Success” HOVs:              Possibility, Opportunity, Resilience, Strength Anecdote: There is no such thing as an overnight success. There are years and years of hard work behind every “new star.” How we end this year, is how we begin the…