Moving Stillness: My Meditation Journey Part 2

The following post is the second in a four-part series on developing a meditation practice by Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg, a graduate of our Yoga Pedagogy program and, most recently, an Independent Study student with TaraMarie Perri. Kellis currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is a company member of the Marigny Opera Ballet.  She is also … Continue reading

In the Heart

The following post was written by Katherine Moore. Katherine has been teaching for The Perri Institute for Mind and Body since 2013.  You can find her running all over New York City, working as a teacher, choreographer, freelance dancer, and writer.  Relax with her at Steps on Broadway on Friday nights at 6:30pm for restorative yoga. I recently listened … Continue reading

Off-Kilter

In yoga we learn to accept that the body is not always symmetrical. The way in which we inhabit our bodies creates all sorts of imbalances and differences from side to side, from hip to hip, from arm to arm. This is an essential lesson in teaching and in practicing, because it encourages both loving-kindness … Continue reading

The Power of Loving-Kindness

TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys … Continue reading

Effecting Change, In Ourselves & the World Around Us

Violence and suffering saturate our world on a daily basis, yet certain tragedies like those in Boston, Texas, and Newtown tend to draw this reality into a harsher light. Hearing about conflict that exists far away from us can become just another piece of news, glossed over, even when we recognize the horror of the … Continue reading

On the Mat: A Difficult Practice

This week I offer you a difficult, but powerful practice you might add to your time on the mat. Violence is a complicated result of conflicts in human nature; it exists in every culture and circumstance. For some regions of the world, it is a daily occurrence. Intellectually, we know beings around the world are … Continue reading

Study Sessions: Julia Mayo

Mindbodybrew is ultimately about providing a space for written reflection at every step along the yoga path.  We hope that by sharing assignments from our Teacher Trainees, we can expand their deep investigation into community-wide dialogue.  The following was written by Julia Mayo in response to readings on the Shamatha method of meditation. In Turning the … Continue reading

The Warrior Within

I would hazard to guess that even if you have never stepped foot on a yoga mat, you have heard of the infamous Warrior Pose.  Why, when literally hundreds of postures exist in the vocabulary (not to mention different expressions and variations), is this particular one so iconic? Why has it become the poster child … Continue reading

Asking for Help

It was only two weeks ago that I was standing on the backseat of a bouncing Land Rover headed through the Serenghetti, the Tanzanian national park that has long been documented by the likes of National Geographic and Discovery. I am so grateful that I got to visit Africa right around the one year mark of … Continue reading

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    Our founder @taramarieperri is featured in this month’s Retreat issue of DVEIGHT Magazine!  The perfect read for this snowy Sunday morning. 
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#Ruralist: "We’re made up of space, air, fire, water and earth. In the Northeast we experience the seasons with distinction and have an incredible opportunity to observe how the cycles and rhythms of the seasons change both around us and within us. During the winter, the body, like the natural world, is weak from fall’s death cycle and needs winter’s deep rest to reinforce its strength for spring. Winter holds a special opportunity for introspection. Trees and animals are always showing us how to live. In the winter they retreat and hibernate. The cold also encourages us to stay indoors so we can explore the benefits of quiet and stillness—to make time to develop and engage in self-care." - TaraMarie Perri, founder of @perriinstitute (📷 @pbcrosby | interview @jillianschein) Join @luminousarchitecture tonight at 6:30pm in Union Square for this week’s Fall Seasonal Yoga Series. Register on our website.
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