No One’s Coming for You

About two years ago, I was teaching yoga at 5:45 am.  I’m not what people would consider “a morning person.” I don’t naturally get up that early or particularly like it.  But at the time, it seemed like a good idea.  I felt about teaching early morning the way professional dog poop picker-uppers feel aboutContinue reading “No One’s Coming for You”

Willing to Learn

There’s this old story I’ve heard a few times that goes like this:  A person asks a master (of yoga, meditation, or a martial art depending on who is telling the story), “How can I find a good teacher?” And the wise master says, “The more important question is, “Where can I find a goodContinue reading “Willing to Learn”

NamasDON’T

About a year ago, I had received an Instagram message from Namascray (you know, “the crazy in me honors the crazy in you,”) asking me to be a brand ambassador.  I’m sure they send out a hundred of these per week, but in the moment, I felt like Sally Fields accepting her Oscar, “You likeContinue reading “NamasDON’T”

Teacher, Teach Thyself

“Only one who is finely attuned to the inner guide can inspire the awakening of the inner guide in another.” – Swami Rama My practice has moved home the past several weeks.  I’m in this strange and unique place of being a part of a group of teachers that will be a part of a studio. Continue reading “Teacher, Teach Thyself”

The Most Intimate

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” –  Shunryu Suzuki I’ve always prided myself on knowing a lot.  When I was a kid I participated in Quiz Bowl teams which filled me up with a lot of facts and probably more that one would ever need toContinue reading “The Most Intimate”

Prefer the Good

“The wise prefer the good to the pleasant.” – Katha Upanishad, 2.1 I love my class of teenagers.  Although, they present challenges not seen in most “paying adult” yoga classes, they are probably my best teachers. They are not afraid to ask questions: “Should I feel a stabbing pain in my knee?” Probably not. When holding Wheel poseContinue reading “Prefer the Good”

The Places You Speak From

I had a dream last night that I lost my Southern accent, and no one could understand what I was saying.  My students stared at me puzzled as if they couldn’t comprehend one word that left my lips.  While I don’t necessarily think dreams have definite meaning or contain predictions, I can’t help but noticeContinue reading “The Places You Speak From”