15
Feb
2018

Yogi Assignment: Flexibility

Every day I get at least a few messages from students at all levels of their practice who want to learn how to be more flexible. It’s frustrating to feel like your body is stuck. Whether you’re a long term practitioner who meets a difficult pose or a beginner who doesn’t understand how the body… [read more]

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8
Feb
2018

Yogi Assignment: Presence

Have you ever felt caught in the midst of paralyzing fear or panic? I have and it’s not fun. Sometimes the world suddenly starts closing in on me and I lose the ability to breathe, think clearly or even move. I have been trapped on my kitchen floor for minutes (if not hours) in the… [read more]

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30
Jan
2018

Yogi Assignment: Self-Love

Let’s talk about beauty and self-love. Maybe I’m sensitive about this topic, but why does it always seem like messages to love yourself and see yourself as beautiful come from tall skinny people with the perfect body and the perfect life? It’s like “they” sit on some perch of infinite possibility and “we” sit down… [read more]

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28
Jan
2018

Yogi Assignment: Study

In Sanskrit, study is called svadyaya and includes the paradigm of spiritual self-inquiry as well as the devotional study of sacred texts. Svadyaya is a crucial part of the spiritual path because it not only denotes an in-depth study of key philosophical foundations but it implies a particular mindset in the heart of the student…. [read more]

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14
Jan
2018

Yogi Assignment: Sukha, Ease

There is not a direct line to growth. It’s a curvy, twisted path through the heart. You might not think you can get any stronger, you might think you’re all alone, you might feel like you’re about to collapse but then you find it, the strength that was always there. Faith and hope lift you… [read more]

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8
Jan
2018

Yogi Assignment: Healing

As many of you know, my outside cat named Cleo has been in the animal hospital for the last two days. You might know her as the sweet kitty who often hangs out by our front door. My husband is allergic to cats which is why she has to stay outside and only come in… [read more]

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31
Dec
2017

Yogi Assignment: Commitment

This has been a difficult year with intense highs and intense lows. Things have happened that I never imagined possible and some of it nearly broke me, but through Grace alone I kept on going. Both my father and my father-in-law crossed over—may they rest in peace, they are missed and loved dearly. Despite my… [read more]

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24
Dec
2017

Yogi Assignment: Hope

Hope is defined aHope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen, a feeling of trust; refraining from despair and capability of not giving up. But how do you find hope amidst what feels like a hopeless place? Sure when things are going your way and everything feels… [read more]

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17
Dec
2017

Yogi Assignment: Patience

I am not a naturally patient person. Most likely that’s because my mind moves at super fast speeds processing different potentialities and buzzing with new ideas. Yoga has taught me patience, but I still don’t much like the waiting game. I am all too human sometimes. I get attached to things working out how I… [read more]

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10
Dec
2017

Yogi Assignment: Karma

No matter how many times I get burned I almost always think that people are going to do the right thing. It’s like I have a blind spot for our all too human selfishness. I see the best in people, even when they don’t see the best in themselves. I see their potential, even if… [read more]

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3
Dec
2017

Yogi Assignment: Self-Worth

It’s taken me my entire life to start to realize my worth. You may think that I’ve never struggled with self-esteem issues, but I have. In some ways I have always felt not good enough, not connected enough and somewhat like an outsider. While I dared to try and dared to dream there was a… [read more]

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26
Nov
2017

Yogi Assignment: All About Love

Did you know that love is a language? We each express love in different ways. Some of us express love by giving gifts. Other feel love through physical affection. Still others love by performing acts of service, affirming words or spending quality time together. These five love languages were first presented by Dr. Gary Chapman… [read more]

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19
Nov
2017

Yogi Assignment: Gratitude

Gratitude is the silver lining in every tragedy. It’s one thing to say that when the sun is shining and you stand on top of a mountain of achievement. It’s another when you stand in a pile of debris at the pit of emotional distress. While I’m not down in the darkness now, I know… [read more]

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13
Nov
2017

Yogi Assignment: Shraddha

You may find this hard to believe, but I often have a hard time trusting that things are going to be ok. My overactive mind constantly casts various scenarios of how things may work out, not all of them are pleasurable. Perhaps this is the reason that I was drawn to spiritual practice. Over the… [read more]

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5
Nov
2017

Yogi Assignment: Receptivity

This week’s Yogi Assignment is Receptivity. Some things in yoga may seem a bit hokey, such as feeling the energy body or tuning in to your heart. While at other times yoga may feel too intense, almost like the practice demands more from you than you have to give. Your job as the student is… [read more]

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29
Oct
2017

Yogi Assignment: Seek Up

Yoga can be considered a seeker’s quest. To truly practice this spiritual science of the soul you have to yearn for depth. Yogis are not perfect beings. We are all human beings on the path to raise our vibration and seek up. In some ways yoga can be understood as voluntary evolution. Instead of running… [read more]

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23
Oct
2017

Yogi Assignment: Ingenuity

I’m sitting on a train to Charlottesville, not because I chose to book the train but because when I tried to check into my flight last night, it had been changed to five hours earlier. My new flight was scheduled to depart at the same time that my last workshop in Philadelphia was ending—that wasn’t… [read more]

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