O2 Yoga Blog

The Meaning of Yoga

Posted By on Sep 14, 2011 in O2 Yoga Blog | 2 comments

I came across this quote the other day. It really resonated with me. I shared it in the last intensive and it struck a chord with many of you as well. It really sums up what I believe the true meaning and purpose of yoga to be. Today, in my weekly visit with my friend Assim, he asked me what I thought yoga to really be about. He asked me if it required one to go somewhere quiet and away from the world. I thought about it for a moment...

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“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But, if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” –Aboriginal Activists Group, Queensland, AustraliaGiving Up Whenever I hear people speak about creating a healthier, more sustainable world, the talk always turns to what we all must give up.  When people decide that they want to change the way they eat, it often...

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Ode to Elliott

Posted By on Aug 28, 2011 in O2 Yoga Blog | 11 comments

In the Beginning Elliott and I have known each other for 8 years. I always remember when we met because he took a teacher training I taught with Beryl Bender Birch and I was pregnant with my son Deven, who is now turning 8. The somerville studio was in transition at the time. I began to realize that I really wanted all my teachers to be trained consistently. Up until that point, I had hired teachers who were trained in various ways...

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Rooster Feathers

Posted By on Jul 20, 2011 in O2 Yoga Blog |

By now, you either wear them in your own hair or have at least seem the latest fashion trend, feather hair extensions. My own hairdresser suggested I try them not long ago. I looked at him and said, indignantly, “I am vegan remember? I am not going to wear some bird’s feathers in my hair.” He said, he didn’t think they were real, then he said, “I hadn’t really thought about where they come...

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I thought it was appropriate to revisit our tag-line in light of the new website launch. Some of it might seem obvious. We do a lot of up-dogs and down-dogs in O2’s unique style of yoga based on the Astanga system. There is also my clear love of dogs in general, up, down and otherwise. What is not so obvious is the dogma part. In the Beginning My introduction to yoga began in the early 90s. I spent a lot of time roaming the east...

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Finding Center

Posted By on Jul 6, 2011 in O2 Yoga Blog | 3 comments

I have just completed another teacher training program. It is truly a humbling and gratifying experience to watch people transform into teachers seemingly before my eyes. Participating in teacher training is like one long yoga practice. There is stumbling, loss of breath, then steadiness returns. There are moments of such intensity that the will is challenged, then the steadiness returns. There are moments of doubt, indecision, and...

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