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Why Are We Doing This Anyway?

Written February 01, 2016 by Sienna Smith

IMG_3654While holding cobra pose sweat drips from their brow as they patiently wait for me to call out the next pose.  Instead, I ask them a question. “Why are we doing this pose anyway?”  With a mix of laughter and grunts they look at me as if to say, “WHAT! You don’t know!”

The question “why” is powerful because it requires that we have a relationship with ourselves, that we get to know what motivates and drives us to do things.  That wisdom takes practice, presence and  patience– All of which yoga can teach us.

You can sleep walk through your job or even a downward dog, taking commands blindly from your boss or  teacher, but that creates robots instead of lively and awake human beings. Wisdom comes from your direct engagement with life and in ...

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Yoga Mat Gathering Dust?

Written January 05, 2016 by Yoga Mountain

Yoga-Mat-SmellIs your mat sitting in the corner staring at you with the squinty eye? Wondering why you haven’t taken it for a yoga spin lately?

Maintaining a regular yoga practice may be one of the most challenging yet rewarding things you do in your life. If you are like most people, obstacles such as illness, stress, injury, or  competing priorities eventually rear their not so pretty head while you are diligently tying to make time to practice.  Here are some ways to work with a few common obstacles and get back on your mat in light speed.

Resist the beat-your-self-up path.  It NEVER works!  It is a recipe for a deflated sense of self, and painful self-inflicted bruises on your heart. If you berate yourself for missing class undoubtably you will feel worse, and like salt in ...

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The Promise of Yoga

Written October 16, 2013 by Sienna Smith

IMG_0748My first yoga class was in  1994 at the neighborhood YMCA, and the Iyengar teacher was calling out poses in Sanskrit.  I had no idea what he was talking about, so I looked over at the girl next to me and  followed her. While holding poses he chanted phrases from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, in Sanskrit and then in English. At least I understood some of what he was saying. When we rested in child’s pose he would tell crazy stories of being in India with Mr. Iyengar. Speaking Sanskrit, Yoga Sutras, and living in India– It was all greek to me!  Honestly, I thought this guy was a bit coo-coo. Still,  I found myself returning to his class again and again.  The yoga hook was sinking in, and I was beginning to understand ...

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