On the Mat

So You Wanna be a Yoga Teacher?

I am proud to be a brand ambassador for CorePower, even though The New York Times has made it out to be really bad, like Facebook, the Mueller report and basically all of Washington D.C. First off I want to say, Facebook isn’t evil and neither are the people who use it and/or Instagram. The…

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I Lost More than Yoga

A very special person died recently and when I heard, I cried. But that is not when she was taken from me. I am going to tell you a brief story about community in yoga. Years ago, I was part of Anusara. I want to give props where props are due: John Friend created a…

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Why is Home Practice Such a Sh*t Show?

Midwest, are you in the house? East Coast, are you in the house? Here in Colorado it’s freezing outside and I cancelled a yoga class because no one showed up. I’m sure everyone is practicing at home, right? Ahahahahahahahahahaha! You have a mat. You presumably have a 72” space where to put your mat. You…

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Given Up Yet?

If you are in the wellness business, then you probably know that by now most of your clients have given up. What? It’s true. According to USA Today, most people have given up their resolutions by January 17. It takes more than just a promise to keep those resolutions going. It takes inspiration. For many…

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Can We Get a Little Integrity Around Here?

Now that Facebook is deleting a multitude of fake accounts, I wonder when they will get around to deleting the fake yoga teachers? You know the ones I’m talking about. Yoga is more than just poses. There is a system of integrity behind it which seems to be almost forgotten these days. For example, I…

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HOV – Hard or Helpful?

If there is one place that causes the most confusion in creating yoga inspiration with the Theme Weaver method, it is using the HOV. What is an HOV? HOV stands for Human Operating Value. An HOV on the highway is the lane reserved for Higher Occupancy Vehicles. You have the sense of fullness. In this…

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Yoga Theme: Always Be a Beginner

  A Yoga Theme for Teachers Always Be a Beginner You: Why do you teach yoga? Theme: Enjoy being a beginner again. Going back to school. Theme for fall. HOVs: Ahimsa, Non-Judgment, Beginner’s Mind, Possibilities Anecdote: (Put here any brief story you have about when you went back to school, or learned something new.) Years ago,…

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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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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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