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    Lessons from the Mat: The Paradox of Intimacy

    Often at the beginnings of my yoga classes, the instructors read passages from books or share quotes that might help us to look inward or set particular intentions for out practice that day. This week, one of the readings was from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. It is called “Swimming in Our Love.” It’s short, just a minute or two. I’ll quickly read the passage to you, so I don’t have to type the whole thing out. Some notable ideas from the passage that struck me, personally were: –New relationship energy is thing. –Time slows that energy, but that is when deepest intimacy can take hold, because we…

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    Lessons from the Mat: All You Ever Have

    Eckhart Tolle is commonly referenced in my yoga studio, and this is one of the quotes that recently made it into one of our restorative classes. I wouldn’t want to focus on it too often or too much, lest it lead to anxiety over possible loss of what I have, but I think being intentional about my awareness of just how fleeting life can be is not a bad exercise. I have a tendency to take for granted the life I have, even though I practice near daily gratitude (5 Minute Journal). It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day and the to-do lists. Every once in awhile, I take…

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    The Mind-Body-Breath Connection

    Some time ago, I remember listening to a comedian make fun of women who get those little “breathe” tattoos on the inside of their wrist. As if we really needed to remind ourselves to fucking breathe, right? Are we really that stupid? Actually…we aren’t…and a little reminder to breathe – THE RIGHT WAY – isn’t a bad thing. The heart of sensuality for me is touch, and that means body awareness. Taking a moment to check in with your body – how it feels, where it is tight, where it is hurting – is imperative to living sensually. It all begins with the mind-body-breath connection. Simply slowing down enough to…

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