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Why You Should Meditate – But Probably Don’t

It’s impossible to find anything simpler to do. It can have a profound impact on your mental, emotional and physical well-being. It can help you be more productive, save time, be more creative. It can even make you more tolerable and pleasant to be around! Yet, chances are you don’t do it. And if you …

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Yoga Strengthens Your Weakest Links

I recently started practicing yoga asana again after a 9 month hiatus. Life got busy so I spent my time doing things aside from heading to a warm yoga studio to sweat and breath deeply. Over the past few weeks I’ve rolled out my mat several times. I’ve re-discovered how my yoga practice illuminates and …

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Surrender

Yoga literally means “union”, but in practice it is the art of surrender or letting go. Like peeling an onion, it’s about stripping away everything that is not needed and getting to the heart of things. Extra effort, mental strain, random thoughts, labored breath, emotional attachments, stories about why something is the way it is….it’s …

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Focus

In a world of abundant distraction, focus has become a more valuable skill than ever. I use the word ‘skill’ because focus is something that can be practiced and improved over time. In yoga, we call this ‘dhristi’, one point of focus. It starts with physical focus, fixing your gaze to a single point. From …

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Finding and Surfing Your Growing Edge

In yoga class I teach that all the benefits begin to show up when your mind says “it’s time to leave” but you stick with it anyway. This is the growing edge that we need to “surf” if any kind of growth is going to happen, physically, mentally or otherwise. I see so many people …

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A Week in the Life of Ravi

I had a recent conversation with a friend around the captivating nature of reality TV. How it is so interesting to get a glimpse into how others live their lives, whether the lives are boring or a total train wreck. Given that some of you have been reading this blog for a few years now, …

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The best place to meditate

In the middle of busy street at rush hour. If you can find some peace of mind in the middle of madness, finding it in everyday life will that much easier. If you keep putting off a meditation practice because you don’t have the right meditation pillows, music, incense, etc…you’re making excuses. Just sit down …

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Gravity Cowboy Workshop with Brock and Krista Cahill

Brock and Krista came to town for a three day yoga workshop. Learned a ton. Highly recommend checking out their classes. It will be different than anything else you have done yoga-wise. They have amazing methods for teaching inversions, arm balances and handstand variations. These were easily some of the most challenging yoga asana classes …

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Get out of your mind

I asked a student in yoga class today “why are you here” and she replied “to lose my mind!” It sounds funny but it’s right on. Losing your mind is great thing. When you are thinking you aren’t noticing what is really going on, and there is always much going on that is worth noticing. …

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Step Through the Fire Without Fear

I have a friend who works for master glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly, and we were talking about the sculptures a bit. It got me thinking about how amazing this art is. If you’ve ever been to the Bellagio, that’s his work hanging on the ceiling as you enter the main lobby. The thing about …

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