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02
Dec

About Blessing Counting

I grew up with a tangential relationship to church. We went to a Methodist Church (several different ones over the course of my school years in fact) in order to “gain a moral background” according to my parents who would gladly say that they do not believe in God. These Sunday morning outings usually involved […]

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05
Nov

Anxiety and Another Brave Warrior

The Bhagavad Gita is a great tale of bravery and courage. One where five Pandava brothers who represent dharma, or the inherent laws within nature and culture, the innate sense of goodness and right-ness within the world, and the hundred Kaurava brothers who represent greed, hatred, anger, and nihilistic tendency. The odds are stacked against […]

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28
Sep

Anxiety and the Brave Warrior

This week in class we’ve been learning the story of Virabhadra — the ferocious and terrifying warrior that arose out of Shiva’s anguish at the loss of his beloved Sati. Virabhadra is the namesake for all those Warrior Poses we do in class, Virabhadrasana I, II, III, the Humble Warrior, and more. Briefly, Shiva and […]

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17
Sep

What is Yoga Therapy?

The International Association of Yoga Therapists defines yoga therapy like this: Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. You may read the entire article here. I have been interested and practicing yoga and meditation since college when […]

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21
May

Morning Sadhana

My name is Kelly. I am 45 years old. That is a difficult thing for me to say. I am not ashamed to be 45. In fact, I feel a little bit of wonder that I’ve made it this far and that the things I did in my 20s feel like another lifetime away from […]

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06
Apr

Absorption

This morning my mantra was like water to a thirsty soul. There was no question I needed my cushion. Wanted it Loved it It was a compulsion as easy as a mountain stream flows to the sea. No effort, only lightness Each breath elixir Each moment a chance to awaken Each repetition a soft calling […]

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23
Mar

Yoga Center of Columbia India Trip 2016

I have an obsession with India. I admit it. The colors, the sights, the smells, the people. So naturally I was thrilled to have this opportunity to assist in turning others on to my own addiction. From March 1-15, Rimmi Singh and I led a group of intrepid travelers half-way around the world to this […]

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08
May

Costa Rica Good Times

The lovely weather this week marked my first morning practice outdoors for the year… except for when we were in Tamarindo, Costa Rica at Panacea de la Montaña in March when we meditated and did yoga outside everyday. Mary, Debbie, and Peter were excellent hosts and all of their furry friends, Gandhi, Daphne, Maya, Pepper, […]

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03
Nov

Grace Happens

About a week ago on a Thursday afternoon, I walked out my front door and at the end of the walk, there sat a peaceful Buddha meditating in my yard. He took me completely by surprise. And a funny coincidence, we were about to go see Jai Uttal, kirtan singer, at a performance sponsored by […]

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04
Sep

Trust and the Holy Science

Over the summer my most excellent acupuncturist, Don Diggs, recommended a book for me to check out, The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar. It is a collection of Sanskrit sutras that draw comparisons between yogic science and the book of Revelations. Interesting stuff, and the introduction contains a quite provocative explanation for why we […]

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