Posts in PRACTICE
STAYING ON THE PATH PART 1: RITUAL & MY GURU

I hadn’t seen Baba in a few years. He’s always been saint-like, but it still strikes me that each time I see him, that he seems increasingly peaceful, calmer, even more, connected to source. He radiates love and compassion. His presence fills every corner of the room with light till compassion permeates the air. I described it to a friend as probably similar being the presence of Gandhi or the Dalai Lama - you want to be closer and linger in that peaceful presence forever. 

Being with my teacher keeps me on the path. 

Even though I only seem him occasionally, it is one of many ritualistic things I do to me connect to a greater sense of purpose.

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I'M IN A BOOK! #MARCHFORSCIENCE & A WEEK OF BEING A MANIFESTING MACHINE.

Speaking of which, I’ve done a lot of things I'm proud of, but this may be my biggest honor to date. Last fall, I was invited to contribute to the new book from The March for Science "Science Not Silence: Voices of the March for Science Movement" published by MIT Press.  The book is gorgeous. I am beyond words, humbled, and filled to the brim with gratitude to be included alongside some of the bravest and most brilliant minds of our time.  You can pick up a copy of the book here:  https://www.marchforscience.com/book

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TEMPERANCE. THE CALM IN THE STORM.

Temperance. The tarot card we studied at the amazing Tarot Salon I attended this week at HausWitch in Salem, Ma. According to the teacher, Temperance is "the medicine card, the blending of waters." For me, it is the card of the healer, balanced, calm, and collected. When we think of temperance we think of self-restraint, or from the yogic path brahmacharya (celibacy) in it's truest sense. This is celibacy not in the sexual sense, as it is sometimes interpreted, but celibacy with our thoughts, our words, our actions. . . 

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RETURNING HOME. POETRY FROM STAR ISLAND.

Our theme this year for our 15th annual Star Island Yoga Retreat was, "Returning Home. " This poem says it all.

- Ursula K. Le Guin
Please bring strange things.
Please come bringing new things.
Let very old things come into your hands.
Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
Let desert sand harden your feet.
Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
And the ways you go be the lines of your palms..... (click for more)

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GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH THE DISCOMFORT ON YOUR MAT.

...It pretty much sums up my teaching, a lot of which is getting my students comfortable with the discomfort that is "resistance."

I'm sharing this discussion because as a long time yoga teacher, I know how hard it is to hold space for our students when they don't like us much. Despite what they might think of us, it's important to create a container where learning can happen through grit, sweat, patience, and a whole lot of losing their balance.

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ANGER: HONORING A TABOO EMOTION (RAUDRA RASA)

The Anger Rasa is a stirring within the ego. It rises when things don’t line up. What is surprising about anger is its power to create or purify.  And we can harness it.

The powerful energy of the anger rasa can find an appropriate temporary residence in your core. This Manipura Chakra (or third chakra) is centered directly above your solar plexus and is the physical manifestation of your personal power.  Anatomically, the solar plexus wraps around the middle of our being and serves as the epicenter of our physical body. 

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FEELING THE FEAR (BHAYANAKA RASA)

A quote presented itself to me recently: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” 

Ugh. Does it have to?

The end of my comfort zone brings me to sweaty palms, heart palpitations, and a general sense of unease. The unknown often signals an experience in our bodies that we call fear (bhanyanaka). 

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PRACTICE, LIVE WELLAnne Davis
FIRE & REWIRE YOUR BRAIN TO DEAL WITH YOUR EMOTIONS

When we fire a neuron for any reason - movement, thought or emotional circuitry - that neuron is myelinated.

The more it fires, the more myelin encases the neuron. The more myelin there is the faster the nerve can signal, which means a quicker response time. This is how we acquire “skills” such as riding a bike or master a yoga balancing posture. The same is true in working with our emotions; the stronger the myelin around the neural signals, the greater our awareness and response to the emotion. 

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EVENTS, PRACTICE, LIVE WELLCarrie Tyler
ARE KETTLEBELLS SAFE?

So in other words, a whole lot of people thought kettlebells were a good idea.

Still skeptical? Research shows that this trend has amazing benefits as long as it is done safely.  A study in Denmark found that kettlebell training decreases back, neck and shoulder pain as a result of its amazing ability to train the core and upper body.  

It’s a big calorie burner too.

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PRACTICECarrie Tyler
SHOULD I EXERCISE WHEN I'M SICK?

Being human, it's inevitable that you will get sick from time to time, but there are a few things you can do to keep the achoo away from you. Thirty minutes of regular moderate exercise has been shown to increase T cells and thus increase immunity.  Interestingly, some recent research has shown that intense training sessions that extend to 90minutes can actually lower immunity.  With exercise it all seems to come down to finding balance.

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PRACTICECarrie Tyler
TURNING YOUR PERSPECTIVE UPSIDE DOWN

So today in my discussion with my yoga trainees about how the brain learns and interprets information, a memory from childhood was jogged from the dusty brain shelves. We were talking about being a child and the rasa of wonder, and all of a sudden I remembered being a kid and putting a mirror at chest level and then intently looking down into it so I could pretend I was walking on the ceiling.

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