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Feb

09

2015

Mindfulness – Meditation or Mindset?

Almost everything I read, see or hear these days includes the word “mindfulness” in it but when I ask people who are practicing mindfulness, I get a rather fuzzy explanation which, of course, leads me to conclude that they themselves do not understand “mindfulness” and are just parroting a term they heard on Super Soul Sunday. Or maybe they do understand it but just can’t...

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Jan

12

2015

Should Yoga Teachers Be Licensed?

The big thing in yoga studios over the last few years is the concept of teacher training. A few moments spent in research will reveal that there is no consistency in curriculum, no quality control and no assurance of competence upon completion in many of these trainings. If we are concerned – and we should be – about the injuries happening in yoga classes, there...

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Nov

21

2014

My Pilates Journey

In 1991-1992, I’d finished the foundation work in Laban Movement Analysis in New York and was searching for my next challenge. It came at the Pilates Studio of New York, one location on  Broadway and the other on W. 57th Street where my teacher was Romana Kryzanowska. Romana certified me in 1993. The 1993 class included Alycea Ungaro, and Mari Winsor.  Brooke Siler came a year...

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Nov

16

2014

Toxic Fear- 1, Me – 0 (But Not For Long)

Fear is a funny thing. You can have the kind of fear when you are alone in bed at night and are awakened by a strange sound.  You can feel fear when you’re at work and your boss says “I need to see you in my office.” You can fear going to the doctor or the dentist. And then there is the kind of fear...

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Nov

14

2014

Hey, I’m Just The Messenger

She looked at me with barely disguised defensiveness.  “Well, you could always do that! You were a dancer!”  Even though this event happened months ago, I remember it as clearly as if it had happened yesterday. I will describe the scenario: I was sitting in Dandasana, a yogic pose where the legs are stretched forward and you sit tall.  What makes this pose so difficult is that it...

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Aug

30

2014

Present-Moment Living and the Authentic Life

I think that most people live in the past, the future or in fantasy. In all of those cases, we are creating some memory of greatness that we either were or will be despite evidence that may indicate otherwise. When we live in the past, we often believe that somehow life was perfect then. We knew everything, had everything. But somehow, in the present, all...

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Aug

24

2014

Casting Off The Cloak

True story #1: I was teaching a yoga vinyasa when a small voice in the back asked: “Can I do this other pose instead of the one you’re asking for? I do this other one much better.” True story #2: In another class, I had a student who made a habit of asking others in the class what they were feeling. This student was particularly...

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