Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown – Diane Shepard

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I’ve always had a soft spot for the Charlie Brown kind of Christmas tree. I love the simple beauty, the frailty; the vulnerability.  It melts my heart with it’s imperfections. It makes me feel sweet, open, tender and alive, much like a deep heart opening yoga class.  It’s in that space I feel most authentic […]

Getting a Grip – Catherine Wiggins

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As the semester draws to a close, I’ve found myself struggling to find stability and balance. The mountain of work that has been piling up has, despite my best efforts to wish it away, failed to magically disappear. Recent and impending travel has left me feeling frenzied, disoriented, and out of my routine.  And it […]

Love Yourself – Cassie Jenis

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Love yourself. It’s a common quote. Type it into Pinterest and it’ll appear in a million flowery fonts with several thousand variations on the theme: Yeah, that’s nice, you’re thinking. It’s a cutesy dose of daily inspiration, and it may make you feel warm and fuzzy for a few minutes or so. However, cutesy quotes […]

Yoga Journey – Cassandra Jenis

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As a dedicated yogi and yoga teacher, I’m often asked how I can relate to students new to yoga.  Do I really understand their unease?  Am I trustworthy?  Am I experienced enough? I can understand that skepticism. I have clients come in from all walks of life – college students, retirees, trust funders and scholarships, […]

Creating Space – Catherine Wiggins

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Create space. In my own yoga practice in recent weeks, this simple, repeated instruction has resonated strongly. Each time I step upon my mat, I dedicate the next hour and fifteen minutes to trying to achieve more space in every way that I can. In my spine, by striving towards that one extra inch in […]

The Possibility in Uncertainty – Meera Menon

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In about three weeks (actually more like twenty days, but hey who’s counting), I will be en route to Austin, Texas, where I will begin my Level Two training. For those of you not privy to the Baron lingo, Level Two is the second part of the training for Baptiste Yoga—the notoriously hard part. As […]

Noticing Satisfaction – Emily Sanchirico

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In 2009 I went for a run in the rain and felt my hip tear as I kicked up clumps of mud in Central Park. I kept going. I saw numerous turnoffs but wanted to be sure to complete ‘the route’ before heading home. I limped into my apartment, flushed with endorphins, and happily popped off […]

Yoga (explained by dogs) – Peppermint and Patty.

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You know what’s awesome about dogs? Dogs have astounding personalities. They are way smarter then we give them credit for. They are always in the mood for hugs. And of course, the best part- They are perpetually grateful. For. Every. Little. Thing. And that’s a big part of what yoga is trying to teach us […]