cultivating curiousity in your practice

When you’re new to yoga or meditation, it’s often anything but calm in your mind. It’s frequently panicked, judgmental, confused, sad or angry. These are base coping mechanisms of our ego that may serve short term survival functions, but long term, keep us from accessing a sense of general calm and compassion in our lives.

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emotional overwhelm in the room

Sometimes when students misinterpret your teaching cues it's because we could be clearer, and it happens to every teacher - that "when I said knee, I meant heel" moment. Sometimes students have so much going on in their minds that they simply don't hear you, and since students may not be willing to ask "could you repeat that one more time?" they interpret based on the room around them. They may go in the wrong direction or take a different variation, but they're trying. They may be in a place in their life or mental health where feeling "wrong" is enough to bring on tears.

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posture clinic: pincha mayurasana (forearm balance)

Forearm balance is deceptively challenge, and not for the reason you may think. The "going upside down" part of the pose is significantly easier for most students than handstand; the tricky part is developing strong enough rotator-cuff stability before you get to the upside down part so you don't  face plant while trying to get up. (Got to got to get up to get down. Ha.)

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stale yoga practice? do something weird, like Kundalini.

Last month I attended my first Kundalini yoga class. I thought it was my second Kundalini class of my yoga life, but thirty minutes in the company of seasoned, clad-in-white, eyes-closed, loudly chanting Kundalini yogis and it was clear: the class I previously attended was the Crystal Light of Kundalini - here I was plunging into the real deal, undiluted.

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