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Yoga: A life-long journey

No matter what age we are — we must resist the temptation to assume that we are fixed, static, and unchangeable. We are in fact in a constant state of flux; we are not the same from one moment to

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Strength, Steadiness, and Stability

This morning in class at Mission Ashtanga in San Francisco, I overheard Devorah say to a student, “Conserve your energy. Don’t do more than what is asked in the pose, because a lot is being asked of you.” It struck

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The Ashtanga Yoga System

The traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga emphasizes steady, fluid breathing, which is coordinated with specific movements, called Vinyasas. Each inhale and exhale is choreographed within this set series, and does not deviate from the sequence. Similar to a martial arts

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Practicing With Gratitude

Today on my mat, it came to me in a flash that I take my practice — and myself — way too seriously. I’ve wrestled in my life with being what you might call a “type A” achiever. From an

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We are malleable

“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished,” says Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert. “The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting, and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been.”  Gilbert refers to

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