I was riding the bus in San Francisco when a woman made the mistake of asking me about yoga. “I like your yoga pants,” she said. “Do you do yoga?” “I do indeed,” I answered. “Man, I should start doing yoga,” she said. “I hear it’s a really good way to lose weight,” she said. “Is … Continue reading Why I Hate my Garmin Watch
"We're in the middle of a sea change," said Jason. "Most yoga teachers now are erring on the side of not giving manual adjustments, and for good reason." It was the second day of our two-week module (the first part of a 300-hour training), and the conversation had shifted from "How to give hands-on assists" … Continue reading Paperclips and Hands-on Assists
Speaking up is easy when I’m confident that what I’m saying will be well-received. But when I sense that my speaking up is going to inspire disappointment, sadness, or confusion in others, speaking up is painful.
“Well, I think anyone driven toward a lot of self-reflection is a little crazy,” he said as we left the theater and started to the bar. I agreed. Then I reflected. “I mean, I’m driven toward a lot of self-reflection,” I said. I paused, then laughed. “And it does make me feel crazy sometimes.” “Totally,” … Continue reading Teaching What We Need, Because We Have To
Just over one year ago, I took a yoga class that significantly changed how I taught yoga. It was Saturday, the fourth morning of a five-day training with Jason Crandell, and I was as exhausted as I was energized (almost). The first three days had been a delightfully peaceful and sarcastic explosion of practicing, questioning, … Continue reading Guided Self-Practice Begins: FALL 2016
A few weeks ago, I received a Facebook message from a friend inquiring about my Yoga for Athletes workshop. He said he had seen the flier, was interested in attending, but he had a few concerns. Not only was he worried that he wasn’t accomplished enough to be considered an “athlete,” but he felt anxious … Continue reading Coming next week: Yoga for Athletes
Yesterday was a big day. Not only was it the first day of my marathon-(pre)training program, but it was also the first day of my 31-day yoga challenge. For good measure, I offered myself another challenge: write every day for the month of December. I’m proud to say that, two days in, I’m right on … Continue reading 31 Days