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Practice Makes Permanent

Practice Makes Perfect Permanent I’m writing this post on my 40th birthday. You know, the age many of us thought of as “the beginning of being old,” when we were 19 (or whatever age we think such stupid things.) 19 sticks out though, because it’s exactly the number of years that I’ve been practicing yoga. Nearly half my life now.   If I had
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February: On Love, Action and Interbeing

On Love, Action and Inter-Being “If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of
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December’s Gifts: Refuge and Reflection

Of all the things I love about New Mexico, the relatively short winters hover near the top of the list (hey, I grew up in Nebraska, and spent a few years in Buffalo, NY. Winter temperatures that stay above zero are a very special thing in my life!) However, even I must admit to appreciating the qualities that the shorter, darker season presents. The
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Yoga Teacher Training: 200 Hours? 500 Hours? What Does It All Mean?

More Than Just Learning to Teach: Why People Take a Yoga Teacher Training According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, 14,700 newly-trained teachers registered with Yoga Alliance in 2014 ALONE. To break it down further, averages out to 1,225 new teachers for every single one of the 50 states, in one year. WHAT? Where are all these teachers holding classes, you may
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Studio Theme for October: Working With a Beginner’s Mind

*Beginning this month, we will have a monthly, studio-wide theme, designed to enhance your understanding and relationship to yoga practice, and allowing you to take your yoga with you into other areas in your life. As this is a new endeavor, we thought it best to start with the topic of “Beginner’s Mind.” You’ll hear more about this topic in your weekly classes—and we
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Begin Again: 5 Ways to Create A Fresh Start

I’m writing this on a break from an epic kitchen-pantry-and-refrigerator clean-out. It’s been a great deal more satisfying (and time-consuming) than I’d expected. But I was inspired. The beginning of August marks the Celtic holiday of Lughnasadh, the traditional beginning of the Harvest season (believe me, I cannot get excited about cleaning if not for ritual’s sake!) It’s a new part of the yearly
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Keep Your Cool: 5 Ayurvedic Tips for Beating the Heat

I realized recently that about this time every year, I start to wonder if I’m coming down with some kind of summer bug. What else could explain this sudden-onset sluggishness, the difficulty waking up in the mornings, the irritability? Oh, did someone say it’s been over 100 degrees outside all week? Okay. Right. It’s summer in the desert. It all makes sense now. Thankfully,
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Remembering Our Shared Humanity

This is one of those weeks I think my heart will always remember—though it would be easy to wish to forget. The mass shooting in Orlando that took so many beautiful lives has brought us to reckon with a hard fact: that still, after so many decades of fighting for it to be otherwise, our culture does not know how to make a place
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On Yoga, Punk Rock and Helping Each Other Along

My family and I recently traveled to San Diego, where my husband Andrew lived briefly between high school and college. I had visited as a kid, but had forgotten (or maybe had previously never really appreciated) how beautiful the place is: blue, blue ocean; fuschia bougainvillea creeping up white walls; fragrant citrus trees all over the place. The sea air and the sound of
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Shifting the Balance: How Yoga Helps Create New Habits

It’s a whole new year. Like many people, you may feel motivated by the fresh start the new calendar offers. Because it’s going to be awesome! You are going to quit eating sugar and exercise every day and quit yelling at your kids and dance like nobody’s watching, dammit! 2016 is IT, man! And this year really might be it. The one where big
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