Sattva Yoga: For Everybody, Every Body

Anyone who knows me knows that I love yoga. I’ve been practicing since college – which means it’s been a 20 year adventure in exercise, meditation and comfortable pants. I like yoga because I can do it without running or jumping. I like yoga because my first yoga teacher ever was a grown adult woman […]

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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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