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Susan Reynolds

Pagoda Nuns

By | Buddhism, Burma | No Comments
And as I walked around the Shwendagon Pagoda yesterday, I came upon these nuns. My first true, in person, glimpse of the girls I’m going to be teaching yoga. If you listen carefully to the video, you’ll hear the sing song voices of the morning prayers. I sat on some stairs in view of them praying in front of the Pagoda, and all the ancillary Buddhas and statues, I felt the power of Buddhism. The reverence for the sacred place...
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Spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda

By | Buddhism, Burma, Children | No Comments
Today I went to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites. What I loved about this morning, very early at 5 am, was the peace and serenity in the air. It was before the heat and before the crowds, so I got a glimpse of the magnificent stupa as well as many other shrines, “tazaung” (small pavilions) and other religious statuary. The crows were flying, swooping and cawing. The night time sky was fading away as the...
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By | Mindfulness, Yoga | No Comments

More and more being in the present moment seems to be the best way to move through life. What’s become apparent in today’s world is that when life becomes uncertain, we can find ways to avoid those feelings of anxiety about the future. Rather than grabbing the phone, what if we just stayed still with the emotions. What if we were mindful of our thoughts, feelings and sensations in the body, but didn’t grab the phone to distract or numb…

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Market Day

By | Fashion, Markets, Myanmar Today | No Comments
I ventured out to the famous "Bogyoke Aung San Market" this morning after a wake up yoga session in my hotel room. Time is 10 1/2 hours ahead so 4:30 am is 6 pm in Concord. I actually didn't mind the early wake up since I'm here a couple of days early to acclimate. I meet my fellow yoga teachers tomorrow. Rather than verbosity, I thought I'd simply share some pictures of the street market and indoor booths that literally...
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Airplane Yoga

By | Travel, Yoga | One Comment
These pictures are “Airport Yoga” which is pretty easy to do as long as you don’t leave your yoga mat in the overhead bin, something I am going to try really hard not to do. These are the first pics of “Where’s Waldo” type photos, but it’s “Where’s On the Mat, On the Road.” Notice the hat! But this is about “Airplane Yoga.” As I was sitting on the airplane, I realized that I was a bit constricted, like I...
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Airplane Yoga

By | Travel, Yoga | No Comments
These pictures are “Airport Yoga” which is pretty easy to do as long as you don’t leave your yoga mat in the overhead bin, something I am going to try really hard not to do. These are the first pics of “Where’s Waldo” type photos, but it’s “Where’s On the Mat, On the Road.” Notice the hat! But this is about “Airplane Yoga.” As I was sitting on the airplane, I realized that I was a bit constricted, like I...
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Packing

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Packing and Packing and Packing, Oh my! And you are definitely supposed to read this in the same sing song voice of Dorothy, “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my!” filled with the same tone of trepidation. I laughed when I received a text from one of my yogi friends, Criss, who I met at Omega during a Yoga and Service retreat with Seane Corn and Julia Butterfly Hill. Hmmm… There’s certainly a story there, both meeting Criss and sharing...
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Who Are These Girls?

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Who are these girls? As I’ve prepared for my time teaching yoga, I’ve asked questions not only about the history of Burma, but more specifically the history of women and girls in Burma. Part of our mission in teaching yoga is to empower them to be strong, confident, and aware of their bodies and voice. Aware of their ability to choose. Labor and sex trafficking is global problem in many countries, but it is especially prevalent in the countries I...
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Rest in Natural Great Peace

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“Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thoughts like the relentless fury of the pounding waves in the infinite ocean of Samskara.” I’ve heard this recording during savasana many times over my years at On the Mat, but today when Linda played it, I thought about the words in a broader context. We are all swimming in a sea of karma and neurotic thoughts, as Sogyal Rinpoche says so eloquently. Some days the…

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It’s Time for Yoga

By | Burma, Myanmar, Yoga | No Comments
When you first start teaching yoga, you prepare, sometimes over prepare, the ways you will begin the class, the sequencing, and short readings during savasana. You consider the length of time, the composition of the students, and the themes you want to follow. It’s even more specific when you teach children or teens with special consideration to their stage of development. So what do you do when you know you are going to teach yoga and meditation to 200+ orphans...
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