Presence

Seasons of Loss and Grief

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At my job as a veterinary technician, I frequently see people in the various stages of loss and grief, both of pets and sometimes other aspects of their lives. The elderly woman who the staff notices isn’t as sharp as she used to be, repeating herself and seemingly unable to comprehend simple instructions. The couple…

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Transitions Build Strength

Learn to move through transitions at the pace they demand in life and on the yoga mat. by Marshall Bowden In this piece originally written for Yoga Journal, Jason Crandell talks about transitions from a relatively stable yoga pose to one that requires a stronger sense of balance. His examples are Warrior I to Warrior…

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Sitting In Judgement

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Put an end to your personal judgement parade by Marshall Bowden We live in a judgmental culture that leads us to compare everything: richer/poorer, thinner/fatter, prettier/less pretty, smarter/not-so-smart. That tends to make us very restless and less satisfied with our lives, because even though we judge ourselves to be above others on certain scales of…

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Beyond the Body

Yoga teacher Stephanie Snyder reminds us that asana is essentially meant to help us get beyond our physical distractions, setting us up for meditation: “Hatha yoga is a means to command the physical form in order to have command over the distraction of it (not to get ‘good’ at it) so that you can move…

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