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Observing Holy Days: Reflections of a Jewish Yogi

By Tracy Bleier

I am writing this from a hotel room at a Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis. Today is Rosh Hashanah. Ten or more  years ago I might have been sitting in synagogue.

I can’t remember the last time I observed the high holy days. Though, I still get that tug. That voice that says, we should be doing something. But over the years that voice has been barely heard much less has been listened to over the other demands of my life.

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A Yoga Dad on Fatherhood: Part 1 — Learning to Surrender

By Mitchel Bleier

As a father, I hope that my kids feel like they’re allowed to be themselves and feel celebrated and accepted. That doesn’t mean that every choice they make or behavior they do is ideal, and trust me they’re not, but I ask myself, “Are mine?” Do I want to be yelled at or shamed when I do something that is the eyes of someone else is “wrong?” No. I don’t.

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To Just Listen

My son called me the other day agitated about something.

I was glad it was over FaceTime. I could see him as he paced around his room, as he waved his hands, as he put his head down or closed his eyes. We live 300 miles away from each other.

I was glad for FaceTime

By Tracy Bleier

I felt my urge to want to fix things, to reassure him, to make his pain go away. There would have been a time when I went beyond the urge—When I  stopped everything to rescue him from a  hurt; dropped off the homework he forgot so he could avoid the consequences, and later it was protecting him from other potential tribulations. 


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Why I am not an Arrogant Teacher Anymore

By Mitchel Bleier

A lot has happened to me. I guess anyone can say that since its true for all of us. Perhaps it is the act of paying attention that allows you to notice how much is happening in every moment. I know I am much clearer, cleaner, more alert and sensitive. I’m kinder, softer, and a better listener. I am more devoted and faithful. I have learned to surrender. I feel more connected to Source, the Divine, God, Nature, my Body - biology, chemistry, mystery, and miracles. My transformation, which is no more special or unique than anyone else’s transformation, brought me to my knees, humbled me, thrashed me about, tossed me, spun me, ripped at me. It was dark and then it was not. It doesn’t matter what happened to me, what matters is what it made me. Whole.

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The Bio-Alchemy of Water and Yoga

By Mitchel Bleier

My yoga practice is transformed. I still get on a mat and do yoga poses, but not as much as I used to and not with the same zealous. I breathe differently. I have a new relationship with breathing then I did before. I value the power of the breath to heal. I meditate more. I am more connected to the universe energetically. In these last few years as I appeared to move “away” from yoga (teaching and practicing), I realize that I was actually moving closer to yoga. Just a different yoga then what I did and taught, and with that, the yoga the West has created. My yoga is with me, stronger than ever, and that’s how I feel on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level — stronger than ever.

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Role Modeling

By: Mitchel Bleier

     I was watching the original Karate Kid with my 8-year old nephew the other day. Mr. Miyagi said, “There are no bad students, just bad teachers.” Woah, it made me pause and think just how important taking the seat of the teacher really is, and how little I could understand that until these last few years when I took time away from teaching. What did I know when I started teaching at 19? In some way that was a gift - my ignorance protected me from thinking I knew more or better — or worse, that I knew it all. But as I gained more knowledge and experience over the next 5, 10, even 15 years as a teacher, then that little knowledge — and let’s face it, that’s barely enough time to scratch the surface of knowing yoga/life — ended up requiring more care and caution than I knew. I’ve realized how many mistakes I made as a teacher.

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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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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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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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