Category Archives: Teaching

Let the Shaman Back In

While visiting a Tibetan-Himalayan store at my hometown, I had a chat with one of the shop’s owners. I mentioned to her my interest in Shamanism, and inquired as to the role such Medicine Men play in the society she came … Continue reading

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The upside of suffering

I do not seek suffering. Absolutely not. No siree. In fact, show me a path of sorrows and I will likely take the other fork in the road. Yet… When I was fifteen, my father prematurely passed away. My older … Continue reading

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Because this is how I was taught

Practicing my Short Yang (Tai Chi form) this morning, I was struck by the many modifications, some subtle, some not, that my form had gone through over the years. Those changes had become even more apparent several years ago, when … Continue reading

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Embracing change

My Tai Chi practice, and, in fact, also my yoga and meditation practices, have taught me about change. While it’s corny to say that the only constant is change, is it also the true nature of things. Even my most … Continue reading

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That Yoga voice…

Think of the last Yoga class you attended. Was the instructor speaking in his or hers regular tone? Or were they using that special “Yoga voice?” You know, that caaalming voice, reserved only for yoga studios and, possibly, funeral parlors, … Continue reading

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Yoga’s magical broom

About to teach a Yoga class earlier this evening, my mind was distracted. Some minor yet upsetting business-related incident that took place in the afternoon was still bugging me, refusing to be shaken off. Like an annoying tiny pimple, sprouting … Continue reading

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Reminders to our kids: when one more is one too many

Often I find myself tempted to remind my kids of things they need to do. This includes basic stuff such as “Did you wash your face this morning?” “Brushed your teeth?” — to doing their chores, homework assignments, dress up … Continue reading

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