Category: Wholebeing

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don’t hurry, be happy

don’t hurry, be happy

I discovered a stack of old yoga journal magazines this past weekend and wanted to make a vision board for a long term project that I have been dreaming about. I struggle with what to do with magazines after I've read them. Throw them out, recycle them, give them to others? I have decided to just...

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Duchamp and twists

Duchamp and twists

So if you live in Philadelphia and have been to the Museum of Art you might recognize this painting by Marcel Duchamp. It’s the Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2. Once I heard a seated twist described as your spine opening up like a spiral staircase. This Duchamp painting popped into my head....

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the courage to connect

the courage to connect

We really weren't sure who was coming to dinner. The guests had been invited. The ingredients were all lined up. The cooking had just begun as the guests began to arrive. The guests knew us but did not know each other. As we cooked, each guest, at some point, filtered into the kitchen to help....

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seeing the forest

seeing the forest

In my design life the idiom was that God was in the details. And truly in most good design it is the nuances of the tiny details in the hem of a dress, or the wood trim, or special finish of a surface that truly makes the difference. When these details are ignored you can feel the lack of attention...

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changing colors

changing colors

Every wonder why the leaves change color in the fall? Or maybe you are one of those people who remember the reason from when you learned it in middle school science class. I had forgotten and got curious about how all these amazing colors emerge in the fall when there was so much green just...

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Falling into the rhythm of routine

Falling into the rhythm of routine

What I love about summer is the freedom. No school, vacations. The patterns of homework and getting things done is interrupted. It feels good. It’s time to lay in the sun, look at the clouds and the sea and just take a breath. Summer may be a favorite season of yours, or not. The beautiful...

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5 Steps to Getting Over the End of Summer Blues

5 Steps to Getting Over the End of Summer Blues

Lately I’ve been encountering a lot of friends, colleagues, and students exhibiting signs of the End of Summer Blues. At first they are subtle: short sighs, gazing out windows longingly, squeezing out every minute of spending time in the sun in the evening and looking a bit glum when the sun...

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unfolding with ease

unfolding with ease

I first learned about letting life unfold with ease at a retreat at Kripau with Sylvia Boorstein, a wonderful meditation teacher. The phrase was part of a metta meditation practice. The practice is a wonderful daily meditation where you say four statements and wishes for yourself, the final one...

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do not harm

do not harm

Most often yoga is believed to be a series of postures we do to stretch our bodies, find relief from pain and find some relaxation and clarity. Yet the practice of yoga extends to some bigger principles that play out in our lives off the mat. Flexible bodies equate to flexible minds. Knowing where...

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The anchor and the explorer

The anchor and the explorer

So I can't even remember which one of my many teachers shared this tidbit of Iyengar philosophy with me over the years but I shared it with a student recently and it had a big impact so I wanted to share it with you. Iyengar would talk about every pose having two aspects, the anchor and the...

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