The Art of Giving—To Yourself

Back in December, I wrote a blog about the healing yoga of true giving. It emphasized the idea that a gift truly given is a gift received. When given freely, the gift given is therefore a gift to oneself. Gift giving can take many forms, but with healing intent, giving and receiving are one in […]

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Egoic Life and Death

Ego!  Can’t live with it, can’t live without it!! According to Freud, the ego “allows us to express our desires, drives and morals in realistic and socially appropriate ways.”  The ego is the filter that colors our view of life and ultimately fuels the personal judgments that distort both thoughts and feelings, affecting every decision […]

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Making Space for Joy

Holiday Prep During the holidays, I had invited friends to join my family for Christmas dinner.  To prepare for the big day, I had made a pretty extensive schedule of what household chores needed to be completed and by when, so that I could be certain to enjoy the day with my loved ones.  It […]

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The Gift of Now, Part 2

The Gift of Now (Part 2) In the Moment In part 1 – Patience and the Irony of Now, I addressed the ego’s version of now as a need or desire that must be instantly fulfilled. It is the ego’s version of eternity – the ongoing need to occupy every moment with something outside of myself, whether it be […]

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December Student Blog by Tania Medel

Showing Up To be Human I am not sure how to even begin writing about showing up to my mat when I haven’t been to a yoga class consistently in weeks.  I barely have the energy to show up to life as it is.  The basics – work, eating, even brushing my teeth, seems like […]

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Patience and the Irony of Now – Part 1

I want it now!    Now. Now. Now! To the ego, now is the ultimate symbol for the lack of patience. In the earlier years, I remember my daughter demanding various forms of external gratification, NOW! “I want to go to the movie, NOW!” “I want you to play dolls with me, NOW!” I would say, “Be patient little […]

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Listen, Go to Your Edge, and Play by Becca Haydon

Permission to Listen We live in a world where we are continually plugged into technology and bombarded by external information. We check email and text messages, yet generally forget to check in with the messages that our bodies are communicating. Our yoga practice is an opportunity to turn our gaze, attention, and focus within. To […]

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