Stepping on a yoga mat sends a signal to your brain. And that signal is: Something very different is going to happen now. Things are about to get way simpler. You’re gonna have to down-shift. It’s going to be all about your leg. Or your shoulder. Or some other spot you tend to ignore. It’s … Continue reading Yoga: The Gateway to Narnia
You ever lose a skill or an ability you once had? For example: You go to the gym and find a weight you used to be able to lift, no problem, pick it up and find it’s now impossible to hoist? Or that banjo lick you once played without even thinking, is now lost to … Continue reading What Happens When You Lose Your Yoga Practice
The Yoga Challenge is over and I just put out my May calendar. I have two days back-to-back off from teaching this month. I am reclaiming my old Wednesdays off, and Jessie is teaching Core Yoga on Thursdays for the month. Not only do I get to take a class (!!!!) but I'll get some … Continue reading My Definition of Gentle Yoga
I think I’ve set myself up for failure. I committed to doing The Ultimate Yogi. Again. I started last Friday. Today will be Day 6. The Ultimate Yogi is 108 days of power yoga on a set of 12 cds that you rotate through. Each cd runs an hour. I tried to do this once … Continue reading The Ultimate Yogi
On Monday I had an amazing yoga class. Here’s what happened. I started them in Mountain pose. There were about a dozen of them, a mix of men and women,— mostly people who’ve been practicing together for years. They know each other. They like each other. They’re yoga friends. I started them in Mountain … Continue reading Being a Yoga Teacher Is A Great Gig
When you take an hour out of your day to do some stretching in a structured way, guided by someone with some expertise, you are making a conscious choice to increase your power. Power can be thought of as “energy” or “personal vitality” and that kind of power is a known virtue of a structured … Continue reading Power Yoga
This Thursday, March 1st, is the studio’s 14th anniversary. I remember buying the mats and the blankets. Ordering and putting together office furniture, designing a logo and ordering a sign, setting up a bank account as a DBA (Doing Business As). It was this new, exciting venture, full of risk, full of hope. We were … Continue reading Happy 14th Anniversary Main Street Yoga!
I'm a sucker for Advice-driven posts like this. I cannot resist, "3 Ways to Achieve Enlightenment in Your Lifetime," or "10 ways to Stop Cravings.". I bite every time. So here's my own "list post" giving myself the Yoga Teaching advice I need. Number 1. Don’t close your eyes when you teach. This is really … Continue reading 5 Ways To Be A Better Yoga Teacher
(This is an older post) As a yoga teacher, the hardest and most terrifying class for me to teach is the first day of Beginner Yoga. The students walk in pale, fat, worried, neurotic, clutching their little bottles of Dasani like they’re some totemic objects that will protect them from weird, patchouli smelling Hindu spirits, … Continue reading The Spirituality of Whimsicality
When there’s no skunk ominously parading by to snap me to attention, my mind logs off. With no one watching me I practice like a test pattern: steady but boring.