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    Tuesday
    Apr072015

    How to stop facing reality 

    Ah, how I love it when that hundredth-monkey folds.

    The hundredth monkey phenomenon refers to a sudden spontaneous shift in consciousness achieved when a "critical mass" is reached.

    Here's an example: just 40 short years ago yoga was considered weird ("Do you mean 'yogurt?'" my friends would ask). Today yoga is a multi-million dollar industry that includes Lululemon fashion fails and props that practically do the poses for you.

    At some point, there was a hundredth monkey for yoga-consciousness

    Now the Wall Street Journal reports the latest oldest-new idea, something I have been teaching in Hot Yoga Teacher Training for years: you need to stop facing reality, and start understanding how you're creating reality.

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    Tuesday
    Feb242015

    The power of awe

    Want to improve your life? Go do something awesome.

    So says this WSJ article: Feeling Awesome: Studies Find An Emotion Has Myriad Benefits.

    Awe is not the only emotion that heals....but it is one of the most awesome.

    The feeling of awe and experiences that inspire it, benefit us in ways from stronger health to improved relationships, making us more generous and more humble. Awe increases empathy so we recognize another person and respond with concern. Awe makes us more willing to connect authenticallywith others.

    Awe is an emotional response to something vast. It challenges and expands our way of seeing the world. It might be triggered by nature, art, a significant event. We’re just not likely to find it on a treadmill at the gym..

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    Wednesday
    Feb182015

    Yoga Wars

    "I moved a mat—just a tad—to make room and I got, "Did you touch my mat?” from its angry owner. I rolled up my mat, walked through the sea of rubber and left...in tears."

    People are getting hotter in hot yoga...and not in a good way

    "I attended a packed hot yoga class with a mob of sweaty strangers staring me down. I left more tense than I came in." 

    "Hot yoga classes are dominated by bee-yotches.  I will pay $500 to do a one-on-one with an instructor before I set foot in another a crowded yoga environment."

    Doesn't sound like the yoga I started practicing 43 years ago.  Yet I hear these stories regularly from students who come to our small community studio, from what I call BIG BOX YOGA STUDIOS: rooms that hold 70+ people and feel more like a circus, only no one is amused.

    No doubt about it, hot yoga can be a crowded, sweaty, stinking experience. But does it have to be?

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    Tuesday
    Feb102015

    The Perfect Person

    When you look at yourself, who do you see?

    "I used to get my hips way up in Rabbit; now I barely get my forehead to my knees."

    "I went on vacation for two weeks and now I can't even fold over in Forward Bend."

    "Ugh, I am so out of shape."

    When my dear yoga students make these self-deprecating comments, drop these hints about their self loathing or voice their internal self-sabotauge,  I feel sad. 

    I always want to ask, who are you comparing yourself to?

    When you are thinking about the flexibility you wish for, the job you think you should have, the relationship you thought you'd be in by now, you are measuring yourself againt The Perfect Person.

    But have you ever asked yourself, "Perfect...compared to what?'

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    Thursday
    Jan292015

    "I suggest you write about something really important..."

    Slow, deep and consistent breathing has been shown to have benefits in treating conditions ranging from migraines and irritable bowel syndrome to anxiety disorders and pain.

    An article in The Wall Street Journal on the health benefits of deep breathing was not surprising news to yogis who have been advocating it for 5000 years (45 years for me)

    What shocked me were the responses.

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