loose: to set free from fastening or attachment (nautical) Preparing material for yoga classes is a fairly solitary process. I tend to do a lot of circling my mat and shuffling papers before I can loose my mind and free dive into soft tissue and fluid body systems. Once there an inner world opens up… Continue reading Swimming My Sea
This October I get to travel from my home in central Mexico to my old haunts in New England, and all of my senses are in ‘anticipation’ mode! I haven’t seen maple trees in their fiery cloaks in over three years, nor caught that particular smell that forests get when transitioning into autumn. The delight of travel… Continue reading Traveling Yogini: Into the Woods
I wrote this piece, titled ‘longing’ in April, 2014: i have rarely lived so far from a sea or an ocean, some salty place i could swim in, paddle on, dive into and otherwise be refreshed, renewed, and recharged by. my deliquescent nature is drawn thin, made brittle and fractious by these desert-dry months of… Continue reading Rituals of Self-Care: Ask, then be ready to receive.
As more and more people show up for yoga classes, teachers might consider adding private and semi-private sessions to their repertoire. I began to offer this service about 8 years ago, once I felt well-established in my teaching skills. I had enough hours on the mat, specialized training, and the confidence to work with adults… Continue reading Giving good yoga, one-on-one.
Pick up your cell and change your voicemail message to reflect that you will be otherwise engaged for awhile. Let your callers know that if they are having a life or death emergency, they should hang up immediately and call ‘911’ (or your country’s emergency services equivalent). Now, turn your cell phone off, and put… Continue reading nomophobia* + the art of lingering
The ‘bandhas‘ tend to be a misunderstood and therefore underutilized aspect of our modern day yoga practice. I have been in classes where yoga teachers have instructed us to “Just squeeze everything!” in the general region of the pelvic floor as they tried to direct us towards ‘Mula bandha‘, or “Just suck your belly in!” in… Continue reading ‘Mula bandha’: just the little lift you need
One of my most oft-repeated instructions is to ask my private clients and yoga class students to begin their practice in ‘constructive rest‘. Taking my own advice to heart, I often release into that position at the start of the day, and again in the late afternoon before I head into the kitchen to make… Continue reading ‘Constructive Rest’ and the process of un-doing