Posts by Mimi


The spine moves in 6 directions: forward (flexion); backward (extension); sideways (lateral flexion right and left); and rotation (twisting right and left). Most of the time we are in forward flexion: think slouching. In order to maintain and even improve good posture we need to strengthen the spine in all directions, but especially in extension. This is because extension is the antidote and counterpose to flexion. A piece of...

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Over the course of my life, I have been involved with many causes dear to my heart. I am a yoga teacher, peace activist, vegan, home-schooling mom of two, animal lover, and wife to an amazing man, among other things! Balancing all of these things is possible only if I maintain a sense of joy and play. It is easy to get discouraged and to give up on a world that you feel is filled with fear, hatred, and violence. In reading The...

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Vegan American Chop Suey There is something about junky comfort food that I still crave every once in a while. I so remember eating American Chop Suey as a kid in the school cafeteria. It was made with all the stuff the USDA likes to dump on schools, nursing homes and hospitals’ ground beef, american cheese and elbow macaroni. Don’t even get me started on all the horrible “food” the US goverment gives to kids...

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Ardha Chandrasana is one of my favorite poses. It involves externally rotating the standing hip while keeping the elevated hip in neutral. It is also a standing balance which I consider a “leg behind balance.” What this means is the torso stays in line with the elevated leg. Other poses in this category include revolved half moon, standing split, and dancer’s pose. The emphasis is often placed on the flexibility of the standing leg...

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Balance What does it mean to be in balance? Does it mean being perfect? I don’t think so. To be in balance means to be in neutral. No energy is needed to push forward or slow down. Balance is that point between the extremes. I wonder whether too many of us keep striving when we have already glimpsed balance. An obvious observation is that we are all different. We each have tendencies that push us towards and extreme. Some tend to be...

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