Tree Falling in the Woods

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TFITW 16: Forgiveness. Rock. Record.

“The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” -Gandhi Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times”  Matthew 18:22 This month we are [...]

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TFITW 15: No Man is an Island, but You are Complete

“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living“-Eckart Tolle whole: noun: a thing that is complete in itself.  “a coherent whole” Do you every feel like you are waiting for something to happen before you can start being happy? Before you can start to really live?  Do you feel like someone [...]

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TFITW 14: What Are You Committed To? Making Love Out of Nothing At All

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.  –Ralph Waldo Emerson 90% of life is just showing up. –Woody [...]

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TFITY 13: What Are You Escaping? (How to Live Every Day Like You’re On Vacation)

If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. -Albert Camus As someone who had a fairly high-pressure corporate job for many years, I treasured my vacations and often took them to [...]

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TFITW 12: Who Gives a F*&# about an Oxford Comma: The Mantra of So What?

  When you stop worrying, that’s when you start being. [T]here is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.  -Shakespeare (Hamlet) People get super worked up about the smallest of things and complain about things they cannot control, which is most external things, actually.  For example, have you ever heard so much b*tching and [...]

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Texas Yoga Conference 101 (Feb 25-27, 2011)

   The Texas Yoga Conference is February 25-27, 2011 at the University of St. Thomas in the Montrose/Museum District area of Houston.   This is a rare opportunity to have so many amazing yoga teachers in your city/state all in one place.  Below are some answers to some common questions about the Texas Yoga Conference.  What is [...]

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Tree Falling in the Woods 11: The Yogic Art of Countervailing Forces

Sthira sukham asanam.  “A yoga pose is a steady, comfortable position.” -The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2:46 Such a simple phrase, and yet so subtly complex.  Sthira can be translated as steady, while sukha can be translated as comfortable.  My take on this is that steady equates to strong, firm, connected and grounded, while comfortable equates to ease or being struggle [...]

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Tree Falling in the Woods 10: 7 Qualities of a Yogi

As a student I learned from wonderful teachers and ever since then I’ve thought everyone is a teacher. -Bill Moyers Last entry I blogged about what I think makes a great yoga teacher.  Now, as promised, I am on to what makes a great student of yoga (a yogi).  We remain students even as we [...]

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Tree Falling in the Woods 9: 9 Qualities of a Highly Effective Yoga Teacher

There are so many qualities that people take for granted that make a yoga instructor great. Here are just a few qualities that I personally think are important (insert all caveats about opinions being just that here). I would like to hear your thoughts on this as teachers and students.

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Tree Falling in the Woods 8: My Love Affair with the Neti

Follow the nose, it always knows. –Toucan Sam Jala neti kriya, or more commonly just neti, is an ancient yogic/ayurvedic technique to purify the body. Using the neti pot is a great way to maintain nasal and sinus hygiene, to moisten sinus dryness caused by dry air in summer and winter months (that air conditioning [...]

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