Books for the Yogi in your Life

By Michelle Marchildon | Dec 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

If your yogi likes to read: Yoga Resource with Darren Rhodes (Yoga Oasis).  A pictorial guide separating the yoga poses into classifications such as backbends, inversions and twists with a visual of how to do the pose.  A must for any aspiring yogi or yoga teacher. Light on Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyenger (Schocken Books).  The…

Yoga Branding, or Erma Bombeck on the Mat

By Michelle Marchildon | Dec 12, 2011 | 11 Comments

“Don’t be afraid to be provocative,” said the marketing consultant, but I’m thinking, really?  Because I’m probably 20 years and two kids too late to be as provocative as most people are today.  If you saw my ‘girls,’ you’d probably agree it’s best to keep them right where they are, undercover. Many of my yoga…

Why Mothers Make Great Yoga Teachers. And why they don’t.

By Michelle Marchildon | Dec 5, 2011 | 6 Comments

Can moms teach yoga?  Or is it only for the young, supple and single?  This is my musing on why moms make great teachers: The Yoga Mom Moms have eyes in the back of their head.  I know what my room is doing even when my back is turned.  I know who’s avoiding the pose,…

What to Give the Yogi in Your Life

By Michelle Marchildon | Nov 30, 2011 | 1 Comment

Here are some gift ideas from the Yogi Muse, who when she’s not musin’, she’s shoppin’: Yogi Muse’s Gift List for the Yogi in Your Life Bath Items:  Any yogi would appreciate bath salts, or bath bombs, or bath oils, or just plain taking a bath.   And an hour uninterrupted would be really great too.…

Shopping Yet? A Yogi’s Guide to Desire During the Holidays

By Michelle Marchildon | Nov 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

What do you want this year?  I asked myself that recently in a class where the teacher said:  “Maybe you could desire something more than a new pair of shoes?”  And I’m thinking, “WTF? Like world peace?” Don’t get me wrong.  I am all about world peace.  I’m also about solving the economic situation, feeding…

Yoga: What’s it Worth?

By Michelle Marchildon | Nov 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

One day I was checking in my class when a very nicely dressed gentleman came up to the desk and said, “Will you take five dollars?”  And I said, “For what?” “For the class; I understand donations are taken.”  The man is wearing a freaking Rolex.  Right?  I think he can afford the drop in…

How To Stay Badass At Any Age

By Michelle Marchildon | Nov 16, 2011 | 8 Comments

Years ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Jane Fonda.  At the time I was a journalist in my late twenties and she had just turned 50.  Fifty!   At first I thought, and this shows you just how thick we are when we are young, “Wow she’s old.”  But then I thought, “I want…