On and Off the Mat

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is MLK day.  Dr. King would have been 87 if he were still with us.  We remember him for his dedication to equality, his bravery in the face of violent opposition, and his commitment to making the world a better place.  He has so many memorable quotes that it was hard for me to…

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Digging deep

This morning I took Cynthia Chylik’s power vinyasa class (and it rocked – thank you Cynthia!).  As we settled into child’s pose after a challenging standing sequence, she spoke to us about going deep, beneath the surface.  Hearing the silence that lies beneath the chatter of our minds.  She likened this to either riding a…

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Embracing contradictions

I just got back from a week-plus in Israel.  What an experience, what a country.  One thing that our (absolutely incredible – talk to me before you plan a trip there) tour guide pointed out repeatedly, as we moved north to south, west to east, was the inherent contradictions in the country.  It’s a tiny…

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Finding more space on our mats

One of my favorite yogic concepts is that of creating space.  In the body, in the mind, in our lives.  Pausing between postures, noticing the breath, staying without reacting, at least for a few moments.  (I blogged about creating space this past summer, here).  Finishing up the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and heading into the full-blown…

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Yoga and Peace

It’s a pretty messed up world.  Terrorism’s been on my mind this week, as I’m sure it has for all of us.  Given the Russian plane, bombings in Beirut, and the terrifying tragedy in Paris last weekend, it’s no wonder.  It’s easy to feel scared and helpless.  Does yoga have anything to say about this?…

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Be afraid, be very afraid

This weekend I’m partaking in the Scare Your Soul Challenge. (Click here to sign up).  It’s the brainchild of my friend and fellow yogi Scott Simon.  The idea is to commit to doing something(s) that scare you.  Why? Growth doesn’t take place when we are stagnant.  Real happiness requires us to push ourselves and face…

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How Teaching Kids Yoga Helps Me Save the World

By Erin Esposito Peron I’ve been teaching kids yoga for a little over a decade in schools, yoga studios, community centers, parks, synagogues and churches. I have had some of my hardest teaching hours logged in front of frisky three year olds and classrooms of jumpy adolescents. Teaching kids yoga and mindfulness is challenging. You…

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The Gift of the Present Moment

One of my favorite quotes goes like this: “Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That’s why it’s called the present.” It reminds us that all we really have is the present moment.  And that it’s special, something not to be squandered. You know that feeling when you really connect with…

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What are you practicing?

We call yoga a “practice.”  But what exactly are we practicing?  As YR teacher Annie Siegel said in class today, “if we rush through our practice, we are simply practicing rushing.”  Probably not the intention when we unroll our mats.  This quote reminds us to be mindful of what we practice.  If we come to…

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Grateful

Yesterday was a long day.  Five hours in the car to meet with a client, some difficult meetings throughout the day, the unmistakable attitude of a tween upon my return, no time for yoga or a run.  But then I walked into YR last night to teach.  And I felt lit up, energized.  Teachers coming…

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