Success Looks Like This

Success looks like 20 yoga classes in 30 days. It looks like commitment, committing. Finally, bound to an exercise in power and strength – both of character and of community. Success looks like making time for myself, not as a mom, but as a writer, a yogi, as a part of a team. Success looks […]

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Commitment

Committing to a 30 day program is not easy for me. There are lots and lots of ways I want to organize and spend my time – and I did not not not want to come to yoga this morning. These classes, while invaluable to both my physical and emotional well-being, are time consuming. The […]

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The Teacher

I’m not always the student – I’m a college professor during the day. These 16 days put me inadvertently in the position of observing teachers, and relating their manner to my own pedagogical methods. Little things, like: How to greet the room How to handle mistakes How to push students past their doubts How to […]

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Stung

I got stung on the bum by a bee during the outdoor practice today. Know what I did? I abandoned my mat. I stopped what I was doing and took care of the bee-sting.  It hurt. It captured all of my attention. Memories of puffed up bee stings on my first night at Girl Scout Camp […]

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Chataranga

A tip: Yoga isn’t about flexibility – it’s about strength. I’ve long been annoyed by this pose – the lowered plank – because my body (my arms) are too soft to maintain it. It’s a part of the flow, moving from my beloved downward facing dog (DFD) into the top of the push-up (plank) and […]

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Dancer Pose

I wasn’t planning on taking any photos during the class today but when we started moving towards Dancer Pose, I snapped this one. Ain’t she rocking it? “I got a good one of you today,” I told her.  “Dancer pose.” She raised her eyebrows. “I didn’t stay in that one long. I kept falling.” Nope. […]

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Emotional Deflation

I don’t know what the problem was. I couldn’t focus. My mood sagged. It wasn’t because of the teacher or the sequences. (In fact, the class had all the right elements, including a Mary Oliver poem during the first few minutes.) I think it might have been the music. This instructor chose silence as opposed […]

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Lowering the Bar

Perfectionism has no place in yoga. Unfortunately I like being good at things. Tonight’s class was tough. I felt like I somehow unknowingly scheduled myself for the advanced class. (Is there an advanced class?) Also: I am not advanced. But I didn’t get frustrated. I wasn’t a jerk to myself. I didn’t feel embarrassed or […]

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Hunger

I spent much of today’s class thinking about food. This beautiful strawberry water sat two mats away, taunting me. I had a banana before I left the house but that obviously didn’t cut it because I building spicy chicken & spinach salads and then deep frying tofu in my head while everyone else was moving […]

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Yoga in the Park

Day 7 was a community class, taking place under the trees during the Riverview Farmer’s Market. The boys were running around the playground with the neighborhood kids and my partner was foodtrucking breakfast. The weather was perfect for a daytime stretch and bend in the park. I could hear the wind in the trees and […]

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