Tag: reflections

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What does “being healthy” really mean?

I’ve encountered this question in many different places–in the blogs I subscribe to, in the articles I read, and in various talks about health and wellness topics. This question is interesting to me because the real question for people is, “what does ‘being healthy’ mean to you?” The answer is a highly individual one. The…
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What are your health & wellness values & beliefs?

One of the fun things about going back through old writing is seeing whether one’s thoughts have changed with time, or whether they still hold true. What follows are my core values and high-level beliefs about health & wellness, which I originally wrote down in July of 2014. In case you’re wondering–yes, they still hold…
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The Circus in my Head

A few years ago, I was asking each of my yoga students how they were feeling before I started class. Most people told me something about their body: “my neck is stiff”, “my hips are tight”, “I hurt my knee but I don’t know how (or I know exactly how)”! This is quite useful, because…
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Know Thyself, & Keep Practicing Anyway

One of the “benefits” of consistent yoga practice is that you begin to know yourself. And I mean, really up close and all personal-like. It might be that you notice some physical thing you’ve done unconsciously before–such as standing with all the weight on one leg, hip jutted out to the side while you’re standing…
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My Yoga Origin Story*

1. How did you start yoga? Why do you still practice? How has your practice changed? I started yoga with my “Journey into Power” Baron Baptiste DVD, and by going to a small group class with my colleague Renee. At the time (1999 or so), I worked at a start up software company as a…
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Thumbs up or thumbs down = balanced mood

If you put yourself out there on social media, whether it’s in a blog, a video, or even a simple Facebook post, you’re likely to get, well…feedback. Several months ago out of curiosity, I went to the “A Journey Into Health” YouTube Channel and sorted my video posts by “most popular”. The most popular video…
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Why do we enjoy what we enjoy?

I had an interesting experience in my teacher training this weekend. As is sometimes the case–because of a different topic that had been nagging me–I started the day in a resistant mood. Early into the morning, I couldn’t contain my frustration and said to our teacher, Chase: “what is the point of all this [therapeutic…
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Becoming Aware of Habitual Patterns

For about 20 years, I’ve spent a great deal of time and energy trying to notice and change the mental/emotional patterns that I know don’t serve me. However, yoga therapy training and my own physical issues of late have made me start to look more closely at the habitual patterns in my body and in…
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Effective Communication (Yogi Style)

I’ve been in several situations lately where I’m being re-exposed to learning, communication, and behavioral styles, and it got me into an interesting conversation with a friend earlier today. Regardless of where you live or what you do, it’s likely that at some point someone has given you advice or feedback that sounded harsh, maybe…
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Trusting Your Path

I love the movie Office Space. Back in the days when I was in high-tech, it was funny for so many of it’s detailed accuracies about my work life. But today I found myself thinking back to the opening scene, when Peter (played by Ron Livingston) was trapped in traffic on his way to work.…
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