Year: 2012

Honesty

May 21, 2012 I had a student who came to my class regularly for a while. During that time, I felt that Down Dog was not really an appropriate pose for him. I suggested that he do Down Dog at

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Building Compassion

April 23 How do you express your compassion? – Through my voice. Volume and tone can have a powerful effect. – Being calm & centered in yourself. Then you can really listen. – Listening and relatedly meeting people where they

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When Our Students Say ‘I Can’t’

April 16 What to say (do or feel) when our students believe that they lack the ‘appropriate’ range of motion and say that they’ll never be able to do the pose fully. – Think of yoga as a process. –

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Teaching Poses We Cannot Yet Do?

April 9 Do we need to be able to do every yoga pose that we teach? * One teacher said that she mostly avoids teaching the poses that she cannot do. Though she does sprinkle them in occasionally. * Another

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Does Therapeutic = Feel Good?

April 2 If something is therapeutic, does that mean it feels good? *One teacher said that she followed the ‘no pain no gain’ philosophy. If something is therapeutic, it should hurt. *Another teacher said that when she first started practicing

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Shine & Refine – Listening

Monday, March 26 Buddha said – (Anguttara Nikaya III 248): There are five advantages of listening to the dharma. What five? One hears things not heard before, clarifies things heard before, dispels doubts, straightens one’s ideas, and one’s mind is

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Paradoxes of Teaching

March 12, 2012 Paradoxes of Teaching: While we are all busy teaching, as teachers we seem to be starved for the time to practice ourselves. We teach, yet we are often the ones who are really learning. We attempt to

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Shine & Refine – Stay Connected

March 5, 2012 Ah, not be cut off, not through the slightest partition shut out from the law of the stars. The inner – what is it? if not intensified sky, hurled through with birds and deep with winds of

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Shine & Refine Feb 27, 2012

Do you listen to your inner voice? When? We want our students to listen to their inner selves. The only way to do that is to connect with our inner teacher.    One teacher finds her inner voice when she

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Shine & Refine Feb 6, 2012

Natalie Levin, who is starting a new course of study – the Jungian Seminar for Advanced Studies at the Jungian Institute of Philadelphia sent me this quote: “An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly

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