On the Mat: The Big Question

Why do you practice yoga? I am always interested to hear why people come to the mat time and time again to practice yoga. There are a variety of responses to this question, so I thought it might be interesting to ask and see what you had to say. The yoga practice is so supportive … Continue reading

Lineage

As a teacher, I am always looking for inspiration. Undoubtedly, there are times of year when I feel tired or burned out. I have not lost my love of teaching, but the inner fire of my teaching spirit is lower than usual, diminished by long periods of time in the classroom. It is part of … Continue reading

NEXT vs. NOW

The following is an edited and revised version of a piece I wrote in May 2011 to inaugurate my very first personal blog entry. The topic of “next vs. now” has been on my mind again so I dug back in to revisit these thoughts. In honor of graduates everywhere, especially our Mind Body Dancer … Continue reading

On the Mat: Alignment 101

What does it mean to be “aligned?” Alignment sounds so desirable, doesn’t it? When we are feeling unwell or out of shape, we describe that experience as being “out of sorts” or “disconnected” or “misaligned.” So what does alignment mean? The concept of aligning body and mind has inspired more than a month’s worth of … Continue reading

On the Mat: See Yourself Dancing with Depth

“We have two physical eyes, but every pore in the body is also an eye.” – BKS Iyengar While this week’s On the Mat tip is meant for everyone, I am especially hoping to catch the attention of our dancer-yogi students. As we dancers trained in our art form, we were taught to measure our … Continue reading

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