Yoga Detour

The other day I was thinking back to last winter, February 2014, when I brought a small group of students to Nicaragua for a yoga retreat. Just a few months prior to that, I was worrying about that first solo retreat, and the idea of going it alone just wasn’t sitting well with me. I needed a partner in crime, someone who could share the responsibility of keeping people happy  regardless of the little snags that come up along the way with these type of trips. 
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Movement Exploration | Exploration Movement

I’ve spent the last 10 days soaking in all that the West coast has to offer, ranging from sunset strolls along Vancouver’s Seawall, to early morning hikes through palm tree forests near Palm Springs, California.

This has been a much-anticipated break that was originally planned around a training course with the Ido Portal Team, just outside of Vancouver. Once I bit the bullet and committed to the course, I decided to plan an escape around it that would let me visit with west coast friends before venturing down to Palm Springs, the childhood oasis where my grandmother lives, to which I hadn’t returned since before I flew the coop to university. Continue Reading…

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gates of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I remember the first time I told my dad that I thought it was possible to make a career out of something I loved to do. He looked back at me skeptically, armed with his 30+ years of corporate experience and simply said, “That sounds nice, but at the end of the day there’s a reason they call it ‘work’, you know.”

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Clarity of Movement, Clarity of Mind

When I logged onto Facebook this morning, one of the first posts to catch my eye came from my friend and colleague Simone: “The important thing is not what you practice, it is that you practice.” I’m sure this statement carries different meanings, depending on who reads it. What resonated for me is the sense of freedom suggested in not putting any boundaries around what “counts” as practice, reminding us that any practice is better than no practice. Continue Reading…

Yoga for Republicans?

Last night I was watching television with my dad.  He flipped through the channels, eventually pausing on CNN to catch what Anderson Cooper had to say about the state of the world these days.  The lead story addressed Republican senator Michele Bachmann, and her habit of dragging Planned Parenthood’s name through the mud.  If you look up this gem of a Presidential candidate on YouTube, you will find numerous examples where she calls out Planned Parenthood for their role in “Big Abortion”, adding to the never-ending right-wing attack on family planning services.

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