At the end of August, I had the pleasure and advantage of attending the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved conference in Chicago. It was encouraging and inspiring to say the least, and I wanted to share a highlight: A presentation given by Patricia Rush, MD, in reference to the way the brain is constructed and deals with information (as specific to trauma in her work). The brain controls the body, so this directly applies to our yoga practices.
About a year ago I started thinking a LOT about what it is that gets a person going from, “I know I need to do more of XYZ in my life,” to “I’m so glad I have XYZ as a regular part of my life.” And it came down to this: Practice. There’s not really a magic formula. There’s no magic date or moment when you suddenly do the thing you know you should do, and you magically become the person you want to be.
I remember the first time I heard someone say that phrase in reference to yoga. It struck me how very ahead of myself I was. This idea is very “be here now!” However, we live in a very distracted time. So maybe a little demand on the current moment isn’t such a bad thing. For some of us.
The yoga I teach in a nutshell: A time and place to unify your body, mind, life experiences, and spirit into safe and applicable movement and stillness for you, as they exist today.
Tonight is the YOGA Garden Spring Equinox class! All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Minnesota. Here’s the schedule: Meditation – 6:00 – 6:20, $5 (lead by yours truly) All-Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 – 8:00, $15 (taught by all the YOGA Garden teachers) With the Equinox, as the sun is half way between our […]
Dear readers! I usually leave my blog content to that of an informational nature. As in “here are some ideas for how to take care of yourself,” or “here are some interesting ways to think about how to apply the teachings, philosophy, and practice of yoga to your own life,” or “here is a silly video or idea to make you laugh, and help you realize that being a yogi is not about being perfect, its about being a ridiculous human (considering the human experience IS kind of ridiculous… and beautiful and challenging.)”
“We remind them of their capacity to create inner joy… and what we find is their illness gets better… most likely whatever the psychological or physical illness you’re suffering from will become less.” – Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities THIS IS THE SHIZ, FOLKS. Ok, I know I tend to get a little […]
In one of the top five experiences of my life happened while I was teaching contemporary music to middle and high-schoolers in Idaho. Victor Wooten, electric bass great (or wizard, as I like to call him) blessed us with his presence at the school for an all-school assembly / workshop. Later that evening he played […]
I’m teaching a class on New Year’s Day at my favorite Minneapolis yoga haven YOGA Garden. As I thought about what I would use for a theme, I wasn’t too excited about the regular old 108 salutations, or the popular Sankalpa (“inspired intention”). While those are great ways to inspire and start your new year […]
I teach yoga from the perspective that your “center” is what we’re after. It gets rid of those nasty lines that say one side is better than the other. You’re gonna bump around on your own “life wheel,” going too far in one direction, only to come back and maybe over-compensate and go too far […]