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Day 20: Yoga Mantra

Just (inhale) be (exhale). Just be. Just be. Just be. Just be. What is a mantra anyway? To me, in its simplest meaning, it is a word or a sound repeated to aid your concentration in meditation. In the whirlwind days of December, or January, or February, etc, it’s helpful to find a mantra and […]

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Day 19: Yoga Awareness

I find myself adjusting my posture in the weirdest places – standing at my kitchen counter making tea, waiting in the post office line, standing at a cocktail party. It always begins with a subtle straightening of my spine, pulling out of my hips and reaching my sternum and the crown of my head to […]

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Day 18: Yoga Control

It’s happened. Slowly and steadily, like a trudge through deep snow, but it’s definitely happened. Twenty-four days of daily yoga practice, and yoga has taken over my body and mind. I think about it when I’m planning my Christmas shopping outings. I think about it when I need to go to the super market (it’s […]

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Day 17: Yoga Interior

It’s impossible to describe the level of peace and relaxation of a successful corpse pose. It doesn’t come without hard work, both physically and mentally, but when you find it, you know it. For me, it starts with tuning in to the interior environment I discover in my body on that day and at that […]

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Day 16: Yoga Protection

With the warm breezes of December stirring up, and mixing up, the universe’s energy, yoga has become the most consistent event in my universe. Take the strange un-seasonably balmy December weather and add it to the even stranger, unimaginably violent acts of one human toward another, and it makes you want to crawl into a […]

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Day 15: Yoga Clouds

One of the more enjoyable things about the meditative flow of vinyasa yoga is noticing the clouds of thoughts and images that drift in and out of your mind as you progress through your practice. It’s like a slow-motion movie of your subconscious mind. Thankfully, we are advised to acknowledge them briefly and then let […]

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Day 14: Yoga Resistance

Ugh. Sunday mornings are proving to be my most yoga-resistant days. It could have something to do with the last glass of wine I had to have at midnight, but more likely, I’ve always given myself permission to take a day off from exertion of any sort and I cherish those slow, cozy mornings in […]

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Day 13: Yoga Perspective

One of the many positive take-aways from my 30 days of yoga is listening to a multitude of teaching perspectives. We all have a teacher whose approach to yoga just seems to gel with ours. We choose the same classes each week and attend as regularIy as we desire. But I realize now that if […]

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Day 12: Yoga Music

I cannot hold a tune, as my family members love to remind me, but when it comes time to chant the universal sound of OM to open and close a yoga class, this monotone and sacred sound of ancient India brings out the best of my vocal chords. It’s particularly powerful when a bunch of […]

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Day 11: Yoga Time

Time is a fickle thing. Twenty four hours has barely passed, and I had just finished shouting from the hilltops about my strength, and focus, and beauty, etc, etc, etc, when I woke up with a body full of wet sand. Huh? Where did all that energy go? Granted my morning was busy, but it […]