Where I’m From

I am from a two-foot stack of vinyl 45s, From Pall Mall and Salem cigarettes. I am from one transient space after another; small, music-filled, and oozing with possibility. I am from dandelion seeds, scattered by dreams whispered from lips on a summer’s day. I'm from Elvis Presley singalongs during Saturday house cleanings and proud …

Who am I?

I am not my hair I am not this skin I am the soul that lives within~ India.Arie This morning I caught a TEDxTalk "The art of being yourself," and winced as Caroline McHugh said: “You’re not your thoughts, because you think them, you can’t be your feelings because otherwise who is the ‘you’ that …

Family Karma

(Written June 17, 2018) In today’s class, I talked about using yoga to help release ourselves from the emotional cords that exist in family karmas. Since it was Father’s Day I was prompted by the words I wrote shortly after my dad passed away. What many didn’t know is that until about two weeks before …

A New Way to Resolve in the New Year

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The new year is brimming with new beginnings, new commitments, and new resolve. An estimated 45% of Americans make resolutions at the start of the year. According to one study by the University of Scranton, those who make a resolve are 10 times more likely to meet their goal than someone who does not. However that same study also shows that only 8% of those who set their resolve actually succeed.

If stating a commitment increases the likelihood of following through, what is that keeps 92% of those who do from achieving the goal? The problem is likely the resolution itself. Typical resolutions stem from a place of negativity, rooted in the belief that the person making it is not good enough and needs to change and improve.

In yoga there is an alternative approach: the practice of sankalpa, a resolve or vow that stems from your heart’s desire. A sankalpa…

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Happy Endings

I close every class I teach with these words from a loving kindness meditation: May all beings everywhere be healthy May all beings everywhere be happy May all beings everywhere be safe And may all beings everywhere find peace. Meditating on loving kindness (also known as mettā meditation) is a practice intended to develop benevolence. Through this process, …