It's This and That

 Years ago, I used to teach yoga in exchange for a spot in a coveted writers retreat led by my favorite writing teacher. The retreats were intimate—only six to eight writers. They were private, held at a gorgeous inn with plush beds and multiple hearths and delicious coffee. I never left those days without having some aspect of my life renewed — whether it was about my writing or how I was seeing the world. I loved that my teacher included yoga and meditation as part of her retreats. It was nice to remind other writers how much of a resource our bodies are when we remember that we live inside of one.

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Sharing The Road: Reflections on Practice, Devotion & Dedication

   Tracy sent me a blog by Eddie Stern to read. It was a beautiful blog about the purity of a tradition, in this case, the Ashtanga Yoga tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, but he spoke so much more universally and with such wisdom just about the purity of a yoga practice and what that is. It’s been many years since I’ve read or thought of Eddie or what’s happening in the Ashtanga world, but throughout all my years as a practitioner, I have always admired, even idolized, what Eddie has done. He is smart, humble, a visionary, and he has dedicated himself to one thing with such devotion.

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On What Goes Noticed

I feel particularly grateful right now. I just finished teaching a stunning five days with my husband. Everything about teaching with Mitchel inspires me. It always has. I suspect that feeling is the one I speak about in class — that knowing, that underlying unmistakable message that reads I am exactly where I should be. So for the past few days, ever since I learned we would be reuniting to teach again in this new city, with new information, and with new students, I was nearly floating on gratitude. Thank you for this I think I said out loud to nobody. Thank you for this feeling.

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Why You Should Question How You Breathe

“Yoga begins with a question,” as one of my teachers said to me to begin a ten-year long mentorship. Tracy reminded me the other day that my style of teaching has always been to teach by asking students questions instead of just telling them what to do or think. She pointed this out to me after I was sharing with her things I've been learning while in my sabbatical. I've been in the mode of questioning myself versus doing what I've always done, whether that's related to the body, breathing, meditating, or eating, parenting, and sleeping.

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Yoga Poses: Old, New, or Both?

BY: MITCHEL BLEIER

     There is no definitive way to view the body’s alignment in hatha yoga. There seem to be agreements based on years of tradition, beliefs, the access to information we have, and innumerable other variables, such as our goals and expectations within the asana practice. However, all truth is dynamic, and as we discover more through the years of practicing yoga, what we end up with are new truths that weren’t available when we first began or even present.

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