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Nepal Benefit Success

I had a beautiful time teaching at Kula Yoga Project to raise funds for the Red Cross' efforts in Nepal. Kula Yoga Project raised almost $2,000 for the Red Cross in just one day. 

Karma: It's Not About what we Do.

If you've ever struggled with the meaning of karma, this article makes it clear from a buddhist perspective. "The Buddha’s focus on intention rather than actions and external circumstances allows us to fully acknowledge that the wicked can prosper, and that selfish behavior can bring a person great fortune and power. However, the mental state of such a person surrounded by luxury is a whole different matter. This also means that acting with compassionate intentions won’t magically prevent us from confronting the slings and arrows of life’s misfortune. But acting out of wholesome intentions opens up the possibility of becoming a person who encounters these challenges with less grumpiness and greater ease."

Stop bullying, hating, and judging

Stop bullying and judging others for being different. TMZ and other media outlets contribute to the climate of hate, judgement and cruelty when they sit around and bash celebrities. They are encouraging a violence of its own nature. I particularly like what he says around the 5:00 mark. It's something like, "Like ripples in a lake, like when you can see heat disrupting the air on a hot day, there are connections between all of us and if we fill these waves with hatred it's not good for anybody."

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Movement Portrait into the Life of Frances Wessells

This mesmerizing film is a portrait into the life of Frances Wessells by Jason Akira Somma. A former Hanya Holm and Martha Graham dancer with two new knees and two new hips she is still dancing today at the age of 92. Her movements are contagious. I found it hard to sit still while watching this. She says important things about movement influencing healthy minds and healthy emotions. 

 

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I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

— Rita Mae Brown

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Asana or Vasana: Snake Oil and Deep Medicine in the Modern Yoga World

Read this if you do/teach yoga. This reconfirms for me that I do not want to teach “what sells” or post hot photos of myself in fancy poses to get people in the door. I want to teach from my truth to help others find their truths and serve my students with humility and dedication as best I can. These are the kinds of teachers I look up to and what I am working towards.

This line sums it up well - “We have people who have innovated the practices, not for the sake of a unique selling proposition, but because they really care about their students’ well-being, and they really care about being of service.” This is the kind of yoga I’m in which I’m interested.

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Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the birth of the human heart is an ongoing process. It is being birthed in every experience of your life. Everything that happens to you has the potential to deepen you. It brings to birth within you new territories of the heart.
— John O’Donohue (via lazyyogi)
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1 hour intermediate vinyasa yoga class.  We will do some flow, some longer holds, sun salutations, forearm stand, and headstand. We’ll focus on pressing the elbows into the surface beneath feel the rebound of gravity up through the body in headstand, forearm stand, and extended side angle. This action of pressing the elbows down also helps to integrate the shoulder blades on the back.

The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement.
— ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
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“love is not so incomprehensible as you pretend, sweet pea. love is the feeling we have for those we care deeply about and hold in high regard. it can be light as the hug we give a friend or heavy as the sacrifices we make for our children. it can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted by betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor and loaded with promises that we may or may not want to keep. the best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love. and, honey bun, on this front, i think you have some work to do.”
- sugar
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  I really like this woman. If I could do one thing, though, I would ask her to open her collar bones wide and melt the shoulder blades away from the ears as she’s flexing here. Then we could sigh a sigh of relief together.  

I really like this woman. If I could do one thing, though, I would ask her to open her collar bones wide and melt the shoulder blades away from the ears as she’s flexing here. Then we could sigh a sigh of relief together.  

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Pranayama
Prana - breath/energy/life force 
yama- harness/regulate/control/channel 

Breath is an autonomic function but, with practice, we can harness it’s power to change our energy levels, calm our minds, increase the capacity of our lungs, bring more oxygen supply to the body, & fortify our organs. It often takes a backseat to asana but I believe it should be front and center. I resisted learning it at first because it wasn’t as sensational as learning handstands and wild poses. I was wrong. It’s powerful and life changing. Try it. 
  
Advancing in your yoga practice means that you can continue doing basic things—like breathing deeply, observing your entire body, and quieting your inner narrator—in increasingly challenging situations (on and off your mat).
— Jason Crandell