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Posts Tagged ‘kindness’

Making my voice heard

“We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.” I along, with millions of others, around the globe marched and protested last Saturday, Jan. 21. It felt amazing to be surrounded by love, kindness, mutual respect … to feel welcomed, loved and safe. Marches around the globe were peaceful. […]


Goodbye, 2016 … Hello, 2017

Today is the last day of 2016. I know many are saying good riddance to this year. But really, why? There are some things that happened this year that I am not happy with. But many great things happened this year as well. And we can’t have joy without suffering and we can’t have suffering […]


Reflective/self-care sequence

My theme over the past week was about being reflective and showing self-care. The sequence was more about being in the pose than getting into it. Reminding ourselves of peace, love, compassion, kindness and acceptance for ourselves. I was really excited to teach this and share it. But then Snowpocalypse part deux happened in Portland. […]


We can be strong and support each other

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. The come together and they fall apart. They they come together again and fall apart again. […]


Starting the conversation …

I’ve been struggling to get my thoughts together. And make sense of my words. I feel hopeless, sad, angry, my heart hurts … Last week I was in my regular Wednesday morning yoga class where I get to be a student. As class started my teacher mentioned the recent ugly, violent events taking place in our […]


Each day is a gift …

We need to remember how precious each day is and live life to the fullest. I recently lost a student in cycle class. It was traumatic and scary. The very first cycle class I taught in the Portland-area I was a little nervous to teach as I was still new at teaching cycle, I was taking […]


A greeting practice

On Thursday night in yoga teacher training we had two hours of anatomy and an hour of a meditation practice and learning session. The first hour was dedicated to our teacher Ericka and her reasons for practicing meditation, which is a truly fascinating story. At one point she asked us to get up and walk […]