By Julia Jonson For some, going with the flow, being adaptable, and rolling with the punches ostensibly comes easily. As we've all experienced, the random and dynamic nature of life makes it impossible to be prepared all of the time in a given moment. Since life will inevitably throw curve balls, adopting a more yielding way of existence does a body and mind good. This takes a lot of practice. Vinyasa is a term used in postural yoga classes to describe an intelligent way of flowing and linking breath with movement. This concept can be directly applied to our daily [...]
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by Stephanie Rehor Being a yogi and political activist are two things that do not always jive. Before yoga, I had an affinity towards protests and to this day the thought of loud chaotic bantering and free flowing radical expression still excites me. Since I’ve turned to yoga, I am still an activist but I look at things in a different light. This light is more in touch with reality and how change will actually manifest. I take this inspiration from great yoga teachers, such as Seane Corn, founder of the yoga activist group Off the Mat into the World. [...]
By Laura Mills This week I’ve invited my students to consider the word “practice.” Obviously, we refer to every 60 or 75 minutes on our yoga mats as a practice; in a larger sense, some of us refer to our routine of attending classes and maybe other aspects of our lifestyle collectively as our yoga practice. Off the mat, we practice sports, music, dance, and other activities that we’ve made ongoing parts of our lives. And some professionals like doctors, dentists, and lawyers refer to their work as their practice. Without looking up the word [...]
By Thomas Tiernan Most of us reading this are blessed enough to be living in a great amount of comfort. We wake up in cozy beds in climate controlled homes. We have climate controlled transportation, which brings us from one comfortable environment to the other. To top it all off, we have the ability to order products and food without ever having to venture out and impinge on our sense of well-being. As a society, we have gone to great lengths to make sure we have access to something comfortable at all times. With the advent of technology, it would [...]
Page’s PathA Peek at Page Webb’s Eclectic Yoga and Life Journey (Page Webb pictured 8,500 feet up hiking Montana's "The Beaten Path") interviewed by Julia Jonson You’ve had quite a journey with yoga. Where did you first start and what attracted you to the practice?A friend took me to a Bikram class. I taught group fitness, so the hot, sweaty type of yoga made sense to me. I loved the way I felt after a class. I continued practicing hot yoga for years but gradually moved toward different styles. Where else are you invited take child's pose or savasana in the [...]
By Laura Mills I plopped into my car after bringing my daughter to a class. 1pm and I was already beat…. And it hadn’t been that extraordinarily busy of a day so far, either—only that after the craziness of the last few weeks I had lost track of the day and the time and, it seemed, life in general. This day I was lucky to have managed my daughter’s drop-off at the correct time in the appropriate place. While I stared out the window, catching my breath, a squirrel approached my car from across the parking lot—then appeared [...]
By Laura Mills The first week of May is one of the year’s most special times for me, being the anniversary of the day I first met my daughter. Two years ago this week I was in China introducing myself to a 17-month-old little girl whom the universe had predestined for my family…. The moment I met her and began my journey as her mommy is the moment of most profound gratitude in my life. And even though the many moments since then—parenting and otherwise—have included innumerable challenges and even great heartache, I can always recall that moment in China [...]
By Laura Mills The other night at dinner, my almost three-year-old pointed straight ahead of her and proclaimed, “My shadow!” I followed her finger and saw an image of her in the side of my glass. I explained to her—as I had done many times when we had looked into mirrors—that what she was seeing wasn’t a shadow, but a reflection. She blinked at me. “What dat?” In the past she had just made a face in the mirror and we had moved on. But now, for some reason, she wanted information. I thought for a moment [...]
By Laura Mills This summer, as a new mom, I registered for gifts at two stores. Each gave me a catalog of suggested items prior to composing my own wish list. Some of the items I knew I couldn’t or didn’t want to do without, but also a good number seemed either extravagant or useless. In composing my own list, I spent serious time considering the questions “What do I need?” and “What do I want?” By the end of the process, my list looked quite different from either pre-printed registry guide. When was the last time you asked [...]
By Laura Mills When I received my lupus diagnosis back in 2009, I already had a history of anemia and constantly-cold, color-changing hands; rashes after time in the sun; occasional redness on my nose and cheeks; general tiredness; and a little bit of stiffness, especially in my legs. But after the official diagnosis, I struggled to digest the fact that I now needed a regular medication regimen as well as to get blood drawn and visit a rheumatologist every few months. I could barely believe that coping with a chronic and unpredictable autoimmune condition would characterize the rest [...]