I originally wrote the following essay in the summer of 2014. As I consolidate my writing from various yoga blogs, I'm rereading and editing. I've added a little to this piece, but it remains timely. In early July 2014, Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma, the “Hugging Saint”) visited Washington, D.C., as she does each year. For several… Continue reading Shocking Silence
Week before last, I attended my teacher Sage Rountree's fantastic Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste five-day teachers' intensive at Carrboro Yoga Company, as part of one of my two 500-hour advanced yoga studies programs. (Yes, I am now enrolled in TWO 500-hour trainings. The other one is at Asheville Yoga Center. Yoga geek, much?)… Continue reading Misperception, the “Innocent Mistake”, and Cupcakes
“If the word ‘yoga’ means many things, that is because Yoga is many things.” -- Mircea Eliade I moved to Orange County, NC, from Baltimore, my hometown, on April 20, 2008. I chose this place as my new home for a variety of reasons including a great job opportunity at UNC Health Care, the spectacular… Continue reading Yoga and Social Action: Moral Mondays in North Carolina
In class recently with Ti Harmony, my main yoga teacher, a student joked about never being able to enter his expression of hanumanasana in the USA Yoga National Yoga Asana Championship. I giggled along with several of my classmates. It was funny to those of us who practice yoga primarily as a spiritual path rather… Continue reading mastering asana: ego inflation or healthy achievement?
I'll be teaching my regular winter schedule this week, with the exception that Ros Schwartz will be subbing my 10:30 a.m. Open Yoga class at Heart of Yoga School on Tuesday, and I will be subbing Gentle Yoga for Jitka at Heart of Yoga School at noon on Thursday after my Open class at 10:30… Continue reading teaching schedule, week of 12/9/12…
Hi, yoga friends! I'm pleased to let you know about some additions to my teaching schedule. As my good friend Tom Griffen devotes more time to his reflexology practice, I'll be picking up his weekly 10:30am classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro in addition to the one I currently teach… Continue reading New classes & a 6-week focus on the 8-limbed path of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Hi, y'all! I hope you're enjoying this beautiful sunshiny autumn weekend. After a challenging few weeks, I'm happy to report that I'm feeling more peaceful and content than I have in some time. Speaking of contentment, santosha, one of the niyamas, is the philosophical focus of my classes this week. We'll contemplate the difference between happiness… Continue reading contentment and balance: teaching schedule and focus of the week of 11/4, plus lots of events!
Recently, I was chatting with Sage Rountree, co-owner of Carrboro Yoga Company and Yoga for Athletes expert. I mentioned that I noticed a Facebook status update she posted about having survived a Bikram Yoga class. I was curious--what on earth would make her decide to take a Bikram class on purpose? I mean, they've got… Continue reading challenging our assumptions (or, why I take back all the mean things I said about power yoga)