Yoga Teaching

Stormy Weather and the Benefits of Practice

Posted on Jul 24, 2014

Stormy Weather and the Benefits of Practice

  Lately I have found myself facing a number of personal challenges. Not unusual. Most of the time, or all of the time, we’ve all got STUFF. But sometimes it comes in waves, large and frightening. And then the ocean in which you’ve been blithely swimming suddenly appears threatening and murky. Shore can look very far away. I’ve often wondered how psychotherapists cope with times like this in their own lives. Or school teachers. Or really anyone who has to be coherent and responsible in front of others, which I suppose is most of us. Perhaps it is no accident that a portion of my work life...

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The Shifting Ground

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

The Shifting Ground

In the midst of teaching a class last week, I checked in with a student who had been working with a series of injuries. When she commented that she was “falling apart,” intending to be encouraging I quickly assured her that she was not. Later in the day though I thought; “Well, she probably kind of is.”  A busy, working mom, sliding into the last weeks of her Yoga Teacher Training program, the ground was almost certainly shifting beneath her. Her statement reminded me of how I felt last year after an Embodied Anatomy class with Amy Matthews.  Amy was working with us on...

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Winter 2014 — A Teacher’s Practice

Posted on Mar 10, 2014

My students have been coming into Yoga class pale and exhausted. This long East Coast winter has been brutal. I suggest they lie down, find their breath, their heartbeat.  We start with a restorative pose that opens their shoulders.  I encourage them to exhale. After some time in stillness, allowing the mind to take the shape of the body, I try to keep them busy and challenged, encouraging their attention to stay where it is needed as we explore the poses. Vinyasa yoga is good that way; you breathe in and do one thing, breathe out and do another. And then suddenly (on a good day): there you...

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Are We There Yet?

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

My husband recently completed the first step of a business deal that represents the potential fulfillment of long cherished hopes.  I was so happy for him and was ready to break out the champagne.  “No way,” he said, “not yet.  It hasn’t happened and so much could go wrong in the interim.”  I sulked and went to yoga class. It seems to me a common misperception that we should wait until everything is all settled, fixed, and certain, before we celebrate.  We are afraid to count our chickens until they are hatched.  But what about celebrating those beautiful eggs—so perfect and smooth, such a...

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