Showing Up For Yourself Through Ritual

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Yoga, contrary to popular belief, is not a religion. Yet when I was trained on ritual, an aspect of the integrated practices of Yoga, images of religious ceremonies came to mind. Ritual is a universal feature of human social existence that has been practiced by our ancestors for millennia; as such it resonates deep in our bones says Francis Weller, …

Alchemy of Grief

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“As we heal, it offers each of us an opportunity to consider what is most precious in our lives, release attachment and identification to what is not, re-examine our choices, and set a direction for our future that truly reflects our heart’s deepest wish.” ~ Gary Kraftsow, Founder, American Viniyoga Institute After the death of my mom in 2007 I …

Becoming Your Own Teacher Part II

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The number of Yoga practitioners in America continues to grow. Now over 36 million, in just four years the number of those practicing increased by over 80%. Another 80 million were said to be likely to try Yoga in 2016 according to the study. It’s not surprising then, that the use of Yoga as a complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is …

Becoming Your Own Teacher Part I

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“Listening is the practice of Yoga; it’s so important to go into your own body and ask it to be your teacher” ~ Rodney Yee Yoga classes have many benefits ~ the energy of the group and that brought by the teacher, the community, theme and music ~ but it wasn’t until I started practicing at home that I began …