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May

27

2015

Technique and Alignment – How Much Do We Need To Nitpick?

A Facebook friend posted a picture of a dancing ballerina en pointe and commented: “Does anyone else notice that she is over-rotated in one hip?’ While I am sure my friend did not intend any of her contacts to conduct a scholarly project on the question, I nonetheless pondered the question as if I was assigned homework. When I looked at the photo, the first...

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May

24

2015

Crabs

One of my new favorite authors, Jen Sincero (in her book “You Are A Badass”), tells an anecdote about a bunch of crabs in a bowl. Crabs are crawling all over each other, never going anywhere; just being crabby (ha ha). Every once in awhile, a crab begins to find his way toward the top of the bowl – towards freedom – whereupon the other...

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May

12

2015

Obstacles – Or Friends In Disguise?

  I have come to believe that obstacles may not be the insurmountable things that we think they are. What if they are just tests to see how committed we are to what we say that we want? It has been my experience in life so far that when I set a goal, I can almost feel the gremlins awakening and crawling out of the...

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May

10

2015

Keeping It “Classical” – What Does It Mean?

  A long time ago, a man named Joseph Pilates created a system of exercise designed to lengthen and strengthen the body around a strong supported center. His first exercise system included matwork and is documented in his book Contrology. Later on, he added equipment such as the Cadillac, Universal Reformer and Chairs among other pieces. When I entered the certification program in 1993, it...

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May

08

2015

I Want It And I Want It NOW!

  A big problem with the profession of yoga today is the same problem with the profession of pilates – too many people think they have the “right” to be a pilates or yoga teacher. The lack of intuition, body awareness, teaching ability or even practice does not bother such a person. They will gladly buy a piece of paper – and the institutions that...

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Apr

19

2015

Why Meditate? – A Simple Analogy

Sunday, April 19, 2015   We are the combination of Spirit, Intellectual Mind (wisdom), Everyday Mind (to-do lists and goals) and Body. Every day, all the time and in every moment all of these elements are influencing every decision you make. Of these four elements, it is the Everyday Mind that has the most control for so many of us. Our self-worth is determined by...

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Apr

12

2015

Human 101

Sunday, April 12, 2015   What is a human being? I tend to see human beings as works of art; an amalgamation of moods, emotions, thoughts, calculations, fears, histories and potential all contained within this package of legs and arms and fingers and things that are also pulsing and vibrating with their own energy. Humans are quite interesting little packages with all of this stuff...

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Mar

25

2015

Trainer’s Corner: Chapter 1- The Introverted Personal Trainer

Tuesday, March 25, 2015 As a shy, somewhat introverted person who often prefers the company of books to people, I do not fit the profile of someone who would go into personal training as a profession. Yet, here I am. But the type of training that I do – mind-body work – does not require that I “pump you up!” or yell at you to...

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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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