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The Ten Day Silent Vipassana Meditation Course — My Experience December 2015

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The Ten Day Silent Vipassana Meditation Course — My Experience December 2015

I first heard of this course in the late 90’s, but wasn’t inspired to do it until about 15 years later when I had the experience of meeting 5 different people within the time span of one month who raved about it. That seemed like a sure sign, it was my time to go. Taking ten (actually 12 with the arrival and departure dates) days off from work, family and daily life is not easy for householders. For many there is no way they could even consider such a thing at this time in their life. Should you do it? I don’t know. It depends a lot on...

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Two Courageous and Empowering Things You Can Do as a Parent

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Two Courageous and Empowering Things You Can Do as a Parent

Two Courageous and Empowering Things You Can Do as a Parent

My daughter got married this weekend, Valentine’s Day and it was perfect. Everyone was healthy and happy and the sun was shining. The day couldn’t have gone any better and all of our family and friends were there to witness the sweet and sacred moment. What made this day so successful for me was not the hours of planning and preparation around flowers, dresses and food, but the hours I have spent with her over the years discussing and exploring life. Our children look up to us from the day they are born. They observe us very closely and...

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Love is Stronger Than Fear

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Love is Stronger Than Fear

Love is Stronger Than Fear

Tune in to the news, read the paper, talk to other people and you can easily find something to worry about or be afraid of. It’s worldwide. It’s the human condition. All humans have stress in their lives and feel afraid at times. Sometimes fear is actually appropriate and necessary in order to keep us safe. A certain amount of good stress is necessary in our lives as it keeps us growing and learning, but a build up of worry and fear is not good for us in any way and yet so many people seem to feed and thrive on a steady diet of...

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Seven Ways To Cultivate a Playful, Child-Like Mindset

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Seven Ways To Cultivate a Playful, Child-Like Mindset

Seven Ways To Cultivate a Playful, Child-Like Mindset

Do you remember how awesome it was to be a kid? Every day was a new opportunity to play, every person was a potential playmate, and every household item had the ability to be turned into something cool and fun, like a few blankets and chairs becoming a secret fort. As adults, we can still access that kid inside us and by doing so, infuse our days with joyful, creative energy. One of the well-known principles of yoga, or really any ongoing repetitive endeavor, is to keep a fresh perspective; a beginner’s mind. Because it’s such a simple...

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An Investment in Self Love

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on An Investment in Self Love

An Investment in Self Love

My usual morning routine begins with putting a teaspoon of coconut oil in my mouth and swishing it around for 15-20 min. Andrew actually likes it when I do this because the house is so much quieter. Next would be to drink a glass of warm water with some lemon juice, followed by at least one liter of fresh water from our purification system. I drink another 1 or 2 liters throughout the day. Depending on my schedule, I have breakfast and do some work before my yoga practice, or get the practice done first thing before breakfast and...

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

If we are always in pursuit of happiness, how do we manage in the face of sadness, regret, loss or disappointment? What are we to do with these shadowed, uncomfortable and sometimes frightening emotions? It seems that our culture, and our yoga embedded within it, is held hostage to notions that happiness, passion, adventure and pleasure are to be pursued and celebrated as the highest values of human existence. And without doubt, most pyschotherapeutic, meditative, yogic and other transformative practices are intended, ultimately, to help us...

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Stand Your Ground and Be Open

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Stand Your Ground and Be Open

Stand Your Ground and Be Open

I remember many times in the past when I have regretted letting my anger get the best of me, or when I’ve allowed my frustration to spill out onto the pages of an e-mail or a letter. When I reflect upon it now, I see that it was my fear of not getting my needs met, or that I might be taken advantage of, or that my voice wouldn’t be heard, that made me reactive and defensive in the moment. Each and every time afterward I felt I had done damage to the relationship I was engaging and that I had sullied my own integrity. I was often...

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For Yoga Teachers Only

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on For Yoga Teachers Only

For Yoga Teachers Only

Lately, I have been reading quite a bit of commentary online reminding us all that the practice of yoga is about more than just doing the poses. At the same time, there has been an increase in posts of beautiful poses on FB and Instagram. Yogis these days are very adept and proud of it. We seem to love showing off our accomplishments, and clearly people love to see them. With these two seemingly contradictory messages, one can only imagine how confusing this could be for students who want to learn more about yoga. Do I have to be thin, fit,...

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On Using Props

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on On Using Props

On Using Props

Today, I want to talk about using props in yoga practice. I have noticed that some newer students, and even more seasoned yogis, are sometimes bashful about using props in their yoga practice. They might think that to use a block or strap is to display inexperience with a pose, inability or weakness. Early in my practice, in my late twenties, I too had the “I’m fine, I can do it myself, I don’t need props” attitude. The truth is that props have nothing to do with weakness or lack of experience. The use of props is about 3 things:...

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Retreat – Summer Camp For Grown-ups

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Retreat – Summer Camp For Grown-ups

Retreat – Summer Camp For Grown-ups

Sleep-away summer camp is one of the best experiences a kid can have. It is a place where a kid can just BE – free from video games and cell phones, shopping malls and cable TV. There are all kinds of activities to keep a kid busy – swimming, horseback riding, sailing, arts and crafts. A kid can go camping, hiking, canoeing. And there is just enough healthy, balanced, yummy food to keep up with a summer camp kid’s appetite. All that activity requires a lot of nourishment! A kid learns a little independence and self-reliance at...

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