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Susan Reynolds

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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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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