Off The Mat

The Pressure to Teach Hard Poses  

There’s so much pressure on local teachers to fill their rooms, be authentic, and sell studio memberships, that it’s a wonder anyone can remember why they wanted to teach in the first place. The best advice we receive is you be you, and people will follow. As if. I am a somewhat cranky, older woman who…

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How To Create a Space for Home Practice

Yoga not easy, said the founder of Ashtanga yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. What’s more, practicing yoga shouldn’t be harder just because you are at home. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. At a studio, your space is clean and clutter-free so practice can be peaceful and mindful. At home, we might have dogs underfoot,…

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Please Ruin My Life. You are Welcome, My Friends.

(Warning: This blog contains sarcasm, which is a most unattractive trait of the Yogi Muse.) I thought the test of being a yogi, was when the Universe does you dirty, and you can say “thank you” for that experience. But I was wrong. My challenge these days is to say “You are welcome.” The Universe is…

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The Yoga Peak Pose – Choose Wisely

  Resolutions are good until they day they are not. I’ve had resolutions like that. Some years I promised myself I’d eat less sugar or eat more vegetables. And of course, I always vow to drink less…. next time. However, it hasn’t been that way with yoga. For years I’ve been picking a “peak pose”…

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When Yogis Steal.

With all the emphasis on being a good yogi, there is always one thing that surprises me: when yogis steal. You would think this doesn’t happen. You would think that yogis would be highly conscious of things like stealing especially since Asteya, or non-stealing, is in the Yamas and Niyamas, the yogi Ten Commandments. But…

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Travel Light or Live with Less.

I used to be sort of a pack rat, and then I was robbed. I don’t mean “robbed,” as in what happened in the Super Bowl. I mean, one minute I had lots of things. The next, I did not. I was on my way to a vacation of skiing, dancing, swimming and then interviewing…

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Hello? Lululemon is Finally Answering Calls.

So at last Lululemon has decided to get into the conversation regarding the company’s very unflattering and unyogic behavior and I for one am glad to see it. Recently they participated in a panel discussion in New York during the Yoga Journal conference. In management’s own words, they have decided to “take control of the…

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Props are the Path to More.

I wasn’t always old. At some point (although I can’t remember when) I used to be young. Back then, I could stay out all night, ace a test in the morning, and go for a run in the afternoon. But these days I am lucky, thrilled even, to wake up and not feel a terrible…

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