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Ruminations for On and Off the Mat

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” - George Orwell

One of our yamas from the Yoga Sutras is satya, or truth. For the longest time, I thought I always told the truth. But it turns out I wasn't being honest with myself all the time. And from that I realized I wasn't being honest with others all the time. I was sweet and polite. I didn't speak up for myself; and I vented about people when I got home....

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I have a problem of getting caught up in work and obligations and forgetting to feed my soul. Though I played a lot as a child, I was also a competitive gymnast, which is a bit like having a job at a young age, along with your schoolwork. Like most people, I placed less and less importance on play and fun as a I grew into an adult. And now that I've been an adult for a long time, I'm further and further away from those days where emphasis was...

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In yoga we dissolve away what hinders us from thriving. In asana, we let go of tightness, tension, weakness. We build flexibility, freedom and strength. I came to yoga with curiosity for the practice and for a way to deal with injury and anxiety. I took classes here and there, but the type of yoga I had found didn't help with my injury, so I stopped practicing. Eventually I wound my way back, with that curiosity leading me. When I think back...

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There are all kinds of love. We know this deep down, but on Valentine's Day we think of giving and receiving jewelry, chocolate and flowers to and from our romantic partners. What if Valentine's Day was about love for your pets, for your kids, for your parents and grandparents, for your friends and even for strangers? What if it was a day to greet people with a smile and spread your love? I used to think Valentine's Day had to be about...

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'Loving-kindness' is a term I hear all the time in the yoga/meditation/wellness world. The goal is to have loving-kindness towards others but also to ourselves. As much as I understand the idea of loving-kindness - of being kind to others - I don't fully understand its meaning. It's as though its scope is too big for me to comprehend. It's not tangible enough. Pema Chodron talks about loving-kindness as unconditional friendliness. This term I...

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"When you are a light to yourself, you are a light to the world. Because the world is you and you are the world." - J. Krishnamurti

We have a tendency to label ourselves. From a young age, we're taught to compare ourselves to others. Growing up, I thought I had to be smart, interesting, a good athlete, different, a standout. Through yoga, I've come to realize that I'm like everyone else. And I've come to realize that that's beautiful....

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