Enough

This word, “enough,” has been a force in my practice since 2014. My personal backstory is that of an unrelenting overachiever, and in my mind, “enough,” used to mean “could be better.” Why settle for enough, when you could have more?

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Let's Get Physical

Things that we aspire to, but don’t yet know how to practice, can be explored on the mat. Like the practice of compassion. You might tell yourself that you’ll be more compassionate today, but chances are when someone cuts you off in traffic, compassion isn’t the first feeling you have.

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Adaptive Yoga

My journey into chair yoga began when I was approached by a woman who wanted to practice yoga but could not find a class that worked for her. She had MS. We created a class that worked for her, and it grew.

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Uddiyana

I used to do uddiyana as a kid to freak out my mother (Hi Mom!). Long before I knew what it actually was, I’d suck my stomach WAY in and say, “Look!”

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Fill Your Cup

My intent for the month of November is to “fill my cup”. This is a way of saying that when I practice, it will be for myself. When I sit on my mat, I will breathe deeply and connect to all the things that will nourish my spirit for that day, and I will promise to provide that for myself.

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More Than One Way to Braise a Pork

Whether it’s as simple as pork and water in a pot or as complex as mirepoix and deglazing, our food skill article / recipe shows you that there’s no one right way to braise a pig. I personally have used the “Intermediate” stage for some of the best tacos of my life. As always, have fun with your food.

 

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PIGEONS.

When people ask me questions about pigeon, I tend to answer with something like, “That depends,” or “Which pigeon?”

Pigeon, or Kapotasana, means different things in different styles of yoga, and in Forrest Yoga alone, I’ve encountered 18 pigeons. 18! 

In my mind, I group the Forrest Yoga pigeons into 3 families:

Straight Ahead PIGEONs

Twisty PIGEONs

Back-bendy PIGEONs

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Practice

When I was a studio manager, one of the things I enjoyed most was meeting brand new yogis. It is such a privilege to be with someone at the very beginning of their yoga practice. To see where they start and wonder where yoga will bring them. One of the questions I was asked most frequently was, “How often should I practice?” It’s a surprisingly tough question.

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Go Deeper

You may have heard me say in class, “We come to yoga to learn all the things we already know.” Usually I’m specifically referencing things like left and right, up and down, bent and straight, etc. I’m probably smiling when I say it, but it’s not really a joke to me, because it’s how I feel in my own practice. Yes, I know left and right, but do I really know it?

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Run Like a Yogi

I am not a runner. As I write this I am training for a 36 mile trail run, but I repeat, I am not a runner. I despise running, and I know darn well it’s not good for me. For 5 out of the past 6 years, my family and I have participated in the Rachel Carson Challenge. The afore mentioned 36 mile trek is something I have a love/hate relationship with, and as it might be my last attempt at it, I’d like to go out with a bang.

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Coffee and Yoga

Coffee and yoga. Do they go together? That all depends on who you listen to, or if you listen to anyone at all. Before deciding to embark on a partnership with Luna Caffe, I had a few things to think about.

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