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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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Validation and Those Emperor’s New Clothes

I was born in Israel. At age twenty five I migrated to the USA and have lived here ever since; more than half my life. Raised Jewish, Judaism remains my ancestral heritage, even if I, myself, after years of experiencing … Continue reading

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Thinking positive, one word at a time

How do you reckon a person that says, “Oh shit!” all day long, feels at the end of the day? What may be someone’s perspective about life, if they methodically insert the “F” word into every single sentence they mutter? … Continue reading

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Fending off excuses

Early Saturday morning I felt like my entire body was revolting against the thought of heading out for my weekly Tai Chi practice. I had no particular reason for not going; just some minor body aches, a result of working … 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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Counting heartbeats

Somewhere along my yoga practice, I started counting breaths for measuring time. Rather than mouthing 1, 2, 3…, counting breaths enabled me to hold a shorter amount of time when being over-challenged, (breathing fast due to excess effort,) and maintaining an asana … 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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