Author: Alice Dommert

Musings on wholebeing@work
A radiant half moon

A radiant half moon

In the practice of yoga there are some poses where there is a half of something version which engages one side of the body and then a version to fully engage both sides of the body at the same time. Half moon pose is not one of those poses. There is no full moon pose but don’t worry half moon is...

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Pyramids and Sand

Pyramids and Sand

I love the beautiful photo of the woman above in pyramid pose. For her it appears so easy. My body will never make that shape, not in this life. While there is not doubt that my shin is worth a tiny kiss, it is just not going to happen. There are however some hidden treasures in the path toward...

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The anchor and the explorer

The anchor and the explorer

In the practice of yoga the mystery of balance is a process of discovery. There are the obvious balance poses, like tree pose where one leg lifts and you are balanced on the other leg. In side angle pose balance happens in a very different way. Iyengar, one of the fathers of yoga, was said to...

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Is sitting good or bad?

Is sitting good or bad?

Happy Almost March! I've been musing about the mixed messages around sitting. One day the headlines scream, "Sitting is the new smoking!" and "Sitting is Killing You" or an article pops up about "The Sitting Disease". Here sitting means the time at your desk or on the couch. The next day the...

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Happy birds

Happy birds

So yes, we are still flying over the ocean of joy in Philadelphia. I am not a big football fan but I too am enjoying the jubilant feeling of the Eagles Super Bowl victory. It seemed impossible. For many years it was. Then it happened. It feels so good. It seems joy is in the air lately. I wrote...

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All pigeons are not alike

All pigeons are not alike

If I took a survey about pigeons, there would be people who would swear they are flying rats, the bottom of the ladder in the world of birds. I'm sure I'd also find others who whole-heartedly adore these feathered friends. Pigeon pose in yoga has an almost identical range of reactions. For some...

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Trees and Letting Go

Trees and Letting Go

Do you know why trees lose their leaves? I didn't really understand the science behind it. After a little research, it seems trees are familiar with one of the big tenants within a yoga practice, non-attachment. It's one of the ideas that can be confusing. But so is the fact that deciduous trees...

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Building Your Boat

Building Your Boat

When I was a student in yoga teacher training, I was not the star of the class. Far from it. I practiced yoga 2-3 times a week and with the busy schedule I had running my exhibit design and architecture business and raising two young children I was rather proud that I was doing that. In my life, in...

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The Bearded Lady

The Bearded Lady

I rarely listen to the radio, but my Spotify connection on my phone was not working last week. I turned the radio to the Elvis Duran show, usually a chaotic mishmash of phone taps and talk of Hollywood and other things I do not keep up with. I heard a woman speaking about a song. I could feel the...

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Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders

I was thinking over the weekend that it feels ironic that some days I am spreading the work to get your body moving and other days I am all about sitting still in meditation. It feels like opposing messages. They are opposite, but not opposing. We need both. One of the beautiful gifts of the...

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