3 Variations to Access Pigeon Pose

This blog focuses on 3 variations for accessing greater hip strength & mobility in pigeon. One of the things we dive deeply into during our 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is a conversation about movement complexity. In other words, we discuss the value of diversity of movement to stave off boredom, and to avoid repetitive movement…

The Humanity of Forgiveness

One of my most potent learning experiences came from an inspiring professor in a university class simply titled Disability Studies.   It would have been more appropriately titled, Humanity…and Disabilities Studies, because her unflappable linguistic commitment to speaking about “people with disabilities”, rather than “disabled people”, still deeply moves and informs me.   She also didn’t…

Declare & Deliver…My Big Takeaways

Michael: One thing I experienced in Declare & Deliver wasn’t so much in the calendaring and the morning routine, but what I can cause in my own life from doing these things. So what I’m curious from you is: What was your big take-away, or what did you notice came up in your life by…

Getting Off the Line

I think we can agree that we’ve all had a day – or a week – where we can’t seem to shake the funk, yes? Sure…sometimes there’s nothing we have to do about it – other than to simply BE with whatever arises. That said, if you had a tool to shake the disempowering context, wouldn’t you want it? One approach I use…

A Different Approach to Headstand

Headstand, or Salamba Sirsasana (sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna), is touted as the King of All Asanas. My relationship with this pose has vacillated as I’ve become a more experienced practitioner and teacher. One thing that’s had a profound influence on how I relate to Headstand is my choice to view this pose through a “product over process”…

Facing The Counterfeit

In my last BLOG I made a critical connection – that our biggest breakthroughs are housed inside our biggest fears and breakdowns.   Now what I didn’t mention are some of my secret weapons to stand in the face of what I like to call The Counterfeit. This phenomenon is akin to what author Seth…

Creating Space for Breakthroughs

Picture my wife and I traversing a winding, lush mountain road toward the Waimea State Park on the island of Kaua’i. We wind around a hairpin turn and, in an instant, a massive canyon vista bursts into our view.   Cristina turns to me and playfully quips, “Today does NOT suck!”   I’m present to…

When Your Love of Asana Shifts

It’s very natural that we start off with a physical practice that drives and inspires us in yoga. And, in many cases, it’s a core reason why you – and many of your students, if you’re a teacher – come to this thing called yoga.   The author of The Heart of Yoga: Developing a…

The Work-Life Balance Myth

I recently had the privilege of leading a mindfulness talk, titled Mindfulness for Life-Work Balancing, to a group of leaders from a Houston-based education collaborative. These leaders were mainly coordinators and managers from various educational service centers and schools. Within minutes of meeting the group it was evident that each leader was dealing with an exponentially full…

The Sting of “No” is Your Greatest Gift

It’s tempting to skirt or stonewall incoming criticism. We actually begin training our subconscious brain from a very young age to avoid hearing the word “NO”. Why? Well…because hearing the word can sting. We also don’t get what we want. Getting what we want is like candy for the dopamine pleasure centers of our brains — whether…
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