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3 ways the “beginner’s mind” improves practice

Originally from the Zen Buddhists, the concept of “beginner’s mind” refers to an empty mind, free from past experiences. Physically, this means that I am not bound by developing the “deepest” expression of an asana. Psychologically, it means I’ll give …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Endings and Beginnings

I just went back and re-read all my ‘reel’ world blogs and I have to say I’m disappointed. So, to you dear reader, (because there may very well be only one of you), I extend a heartfelt apology. I’ve no …

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When You Lift Others Up

What do Mother Teresa and Caroline Myss have in common with my everyday life? Mother Teresa said: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” It takes very little effort to compliment and …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Self-Confidence

I often find myself marveling at the self-confidence displayed in the film industry. Perhaps that’s too diplomatic a way of describing it; perhaps it would be more appropriate to use words like bravado, audacity, and boldness. However these attitudes can …

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How to Change Unhealthy Eating Habits

The desire and intention to change eating habits usually starts on a positive note. We are motivated, enthusiastic and ready for change. We know we want to feel and look different and we have some kind of a plan on …

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Open Your Heart

“L’Amour est la plus universelle, la plus formidable et la plus mystérieuse des énergies cosmiques.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (Love is the most universal, the greatest and the most mysterious energy of the cosmos.) Have you ever been to …

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Happy Hormones

Hormones are vital to our health, energy and youthful vitality.  As we age there are natural changes in the release of hormones and in the body’s ability to metabolize them.  The decline in estrogen at menopause is often what comes to mind when people think about …

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Mula Bandha

What’s Mula Bandha? Why is it important for your health and yoga practice? I never considered that I would need pelvic floor strengthening. I’m young and healthy so I was very surprised to see results right away after learning exactly …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Perceptions and Preconceptions

I had a flash of insight this week about perceptions. It occurred to me that whether we work in the movie industry or not, we are all in the business of perceiving and being perceived. In the ‘reel’ world the …

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From Dieting to Feeling

Go to a bookstore, check out the section on “Nutrition, Diets & Weight Loss”, and tell me you are not overwhelmed. Not only does every book promise results, many of them seem to contradict each other or even offer suggestions that fight the internal needs of …

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An Interview with Carina Roter

When I asked one of my favorite teachers for an interview, she said: “how about you teach me.” This is exactly why I wanted to interview her. You won’t find her in flashy Yoga magazines but you may find her voice in …

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Digestion and the Ageing Process

This month’s blog question from a Sun Studio Semperviva yogi is about how ageing affects the digestive tract. There are a number of anatomical and physiological changes in the digestive tract of an older adult. Today I will discuss a …

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Traveling Yogi: Travel to Practice Vairagya

I am a pretty loyal person. Once I like something, I tend to stick with it. I don’t think that loyalty is a bad thing. It means constancy, commitment and devotion. I’m loyal to things, ideas and people. I feel …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Blog 6

There is a great deal of emphasis on aesthetics in the film and television industry. A lot of it comes down to looks, plain and simple, and success can be closely tied to how you present yourself from the outside, …

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Vinyasa & the Importance of Tradition & Service: An Interview with Tina James

  LS: First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions, Tina. What inspired you to offer a vinyasa training now? TJ: Vi-nasa  means: “to place oneself in a special way.” I want to bring back the authenticity …

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Losing Sleep Over Losing Sleep

Are you losing sleep over losing sleep? Insomnia is estimated to affect 30-50% of the general population and is a concern for many of my patients, even if it isn’t always the main reason they came to see me.  There …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Meditation

I didn’t notice until recently the toll the verbal aspect of my work has been taking on my mind. Now that my physical awareness has returned and I am once again paying attention to how my body feels, it now seems my …

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How I went from hating Kundalini yoga to loving it

When I first tried kundalini 10 years ago in the Sky Centre, it really stirred me up and I decided it wasn’t for me. Holding my arms up for 3 minutes was torture. Not only that, but instead of feeling …

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Back to the Heart

Have the courage to step into the actuality of your life and look at what is not working.  This has been the theme for so many of us this winter, myself included.  We are blessed enough to lead a life …

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Bernie Clark on Yin Yoga

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