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Gratitude in dark times

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If you have ever listened to, or read books by some of the wise spiritual teachers in the world, you might have come along the encouragement to not only accept the challenges of life, but even to welcome them. Some go so far to encourage us to actually invite change and challenge in to our lives. Quite a stretch, wouldn’t you say? To actually ask for the painful events that we all go through at different times? Why would anyone ...

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Folding the blanket

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If you have ever stepped into a yoga studio you probably noticed a variety of props in a corner.  You might even have used some of them in the class. Things like blankets, bolsters, blocks, belts and folding chairs. And most likely you were asked to put away these props by the end of the class.  Which is what happens at the end of all my classes as well. There is not a single class that takes place without us ...

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One step

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Some days what is needed the most, is one step.  One little step that then can be followed by another little step. And yet another.

It is what it takes to get out of bed. To make a cup of tea. Get into the shower.  To get dressed and to move towards my  responsibilities towards others and myself in one given day. And if I keep taking that one little step, at some point, there seems to be some sort of ...

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The Day I Lost a Sandwich

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I was moving through my regular morning routine which includes making lunches for my two teenage boys to take to school. It all starts around 6am and I will admit that I tend to many different tasks between then and 8:15 when my younger son takes the bus. Except for school lunches there is breakfast being made for all of us, and depending on the day there is laundry, paper work, emails, accounting etc.

This particular morning, the week before my ...

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Catching up with Fran

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Fran called me on Wednesday evening. A week and a half had passed by without me speaking with her. The last few months no more than a week would go by in between our phone calls or meetings, so she had been on my mind the last few days. Our conversation was short, she wanted me to know she wasn’t in a good place. That day there was suddenly no energy to stand up that morning. Hospice had been contacted ...

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The perfect Holiday gift

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We are in the depth of it, the Holiday season. And for so many of us this includes buying and giving gifts. Which means searching for just the perfect gift for our friends and family members. Some of us really enjoy this process. The challenge of it so to speak. And you might even enjoy going from store to store with thousands of other people, looking and searching. But, for some of us this is neither an activity that we ...

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Letting yourself off the hook

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Just the other day I was talking to a friend about her plans for the  upcoming Friday evening. She told me about an event she felt she “should” go to, but then she pretty quickly added that she has been letting herself off the hook lately.

As she said this I immediately recognized the need for us all to “let ourselves off the hook” on a regular basis, and perhaps more so during these Holidays then ever. I remembered how I ...

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Searching for balance – a never ending process.

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Searching for balance – A never ending process.

I constantly search for a sense of balance in my everyday life. Between work, housework, grocery shopping, cooking, tending to the needs of my children, walks, yoga postures, seated meditation, breathing, hanging with friends and family, listen to music, read a book and so much more. And why do I search for a sense of balance? Because on the days I create balance between doing and being, between doing for others and taking ...

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The Power of breath observation.

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Within the practice of Hatha and Ahstanga yoga lies Pranayama. This is the part of the yoga practice that uses our breath. This practice can be as simple as watching your own breathing and different aspects of the breath, or much more complex as creating different lengths of inhales and/or exhales and creating pauses within a breath cycle as well. The beauty with this practice is how powerful it is, even in it’s most simplest of variations. And I always ...

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Presence of mind and a sense of happiness.

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I have been working as a Yoga teacher and a Massage Therapist for a few years now, and I always get elated when science catches up with longtime human knowledge. It’s very helpful as such a large part of our country’s population will never listen to me, a Yoga teacher, but they are much more inclined to listen to a scientist, like in this case, Matt Killingsworth.

Matt has done very extensive research that clearly shows the fact that we human ...

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