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Ahhh, the comfort of my mat

I’ve been out of the comfort of my routine as of late.  Got hit with a nasty bug that had me out for almost a week, traveling to Miami for a long weekend, and getting ready to head to Israel for 10 days.  I am a routine-lover.  I take comfort in knowing what’s lined up…

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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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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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Sometimes more is more

We hear all the time that “less is more.”  It’s so often true.  But there are times when we need to apply more effort, more heat, more discipline.  This is what the niyama of tapas is all about.  (The niyamas are the second of the eight-limbed path of yoga; they refer to internal restraints, or…

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“The only way to meditate badly is not to meditate at all”

By Sindy Warren So says Rebecca Pacheco, author of the fabulous Do Your Om Thing (which you can pick up at YR, with a personalized book plate from Pacheco herself).  She articulates, and I agree, that the modern yogi needs to meditate more than ever: “Ironically, at a time when more Americans then ever before…

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The lesser known of the 8 limbs of yoga: Pratyhara

Pratyhara is the 5th limb of the 8-limbed path of yoga.  It means withdrawal of our five senses.  Back in the day (or even today in some parts of the world), this looked like retreating to an ashram or cave and renouncing material goods and other sensory stimulators for some period of time.  How can…

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Moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset

The idea of us all having either a fixed or a growth mindset was first articulated by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck.  She conducted a study whereby she assigned two groups of 10 year olds a series of increasingly complex puzzles.  One group was told how smart they were before they began.  The other group was…

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Happiness is an inside job

By Sindy Warren Santosha (contentment) is one of the niyamas, or attitudes toward the self, laid out in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  The yoga texts tell us that happiness is a skill and a practice.  It doesn’t just happen without some effort and practice.  Wait a second, you might be thinking.  Isn’t it true that some…

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The awe of the dolphins

By Sindy Warren Last week I was in Pawleys Island, South Carolina for a week.  The family got a big house on the ocean and 11 of us settled in for a week of sun, sand, and water.  It’s a tradition we’ve done every year of my daughter’s life, and even before then.  It seems…

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