Struggle-Free Living

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For me, one of the most deeply resonant lessons from my yoga teacher Ana Forrest (that's her amazing self in the photo) is her encouragement  to practice—and ultimately to live—without struggle. In her new book, Fierce Medicine, she explains: “When we struggle, we become our most stupid self. We lose contact with our deep breath, we forget all of our resources, we move in a desperate, injuring way, and then we quit—none of which is helpful for progression. …  We’re so habituated to struggle that it seems we just have to live with it, but breathing into our pain instead of thrashing around it … [Read more...]

BodyMindBliss Yoga Bootcamp

BodyMindBliss Yoga Bootcamp

Several weeks each year, I set my alarm realllly early and go teach yoga before the sun rises. Except for the waking-up-in-the-dark part, I absolutely love teaching these week-long intensives. Offering this practice reminds me of the magic of my month-long Forrest Yoga teacher training intensive. There's something wonderful & powerful about stepping out of your regular routine and into an are-you-serious?! kind of experience. That's not to say that my one week class is anything like a teacher training, but let me tell you, when running a household with kiddos, holding up your end of the … [Read more...]

And the Winner is…

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Congratulations to Lynsee Miller, who won this week's giveaway: the Be Blooma Well Prenatal Yoga DVD. To stay fit during pregnancy and birth, Lynsee says she walks her dog daily, does some yoga at home with a video, and attends prenatal yoga (full disclosure: she comes to my class at Full Bloom Pregnancy & Early Parenting Center :-) ). About practicing prenatal yoga, she says: I notice more strength and confidence in my body and what I am capable of accomplishing with it! The breathing techniques that I have learned have been so helpful in many other aspects of my life as … [Read more...]

Prenatal Yoga DVD Giveaway!

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While pregnant with my two daughters, I attended dozens of prenatal yoga classes with the fabulous Sarah Longacre, yogini-in-chief at Blooma, a prenatal & postnatal yoga studio in Minneapolis. I don't know how many classes it was exactly, but between the two pregnancies, well over 100 for sure. I loved Sarah's classes so much that after my first birth, I helped her birth her own studio. And after the studio opened, she helped me become a prenatal yoga teacher. Then while I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, Sarah decided she'd like to create a prenatal yoga DVD (and you can win a … [Read more...]