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Transitions: A Practice in Presence

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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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Teaching Team

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If you are reading this entry, it means that I haven’t had wifi since I arrived at the Monastery on the 11th, which was the night of the 10th for you. So, until I can bring you into the retreat, via text and photo, I’ll give you some more background. This all came about because of Marni, who you can find more about at Omandroam.com. Marni grew up in Burma until she was a teenager when she moved to Indonesia, and…

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Setting Intentions

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One of my favorite moments in a yoga practice is setting an intention. In order to do so, I find a more ethereal sense of myself. I may have already noticed my breath and points of tension in my body, but setting the intention requires an awareness of something greater, a touch point to a sense of being in that moment. The intention might be a way I want to feel during the practice, strong, courageous, patient, accepting, or it...
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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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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

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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

By | Burma, Travel, Yoga | No Comments
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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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

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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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#EveryDamnDay

By | Myanmar, Writing, Yoga | 2 Comments
There are so many reasons I am excited to write this blog including being able to share this incredible journey of service and travel with you. Writing to my fellow yogis at OTM is also a great incentive to develop a daily practice I’ve always wanted, and it’s not what you might think. It’s not to do yoga every day. I’m pretty good at that. No. It’s to write every day. To change a habit, some say you need to...
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