O2 Yoga Blog


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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Beginner’s Mind


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

Do we ever stop learning new things? Or maybe the question should be: should we stop learning? September seems to be the unofficial learning month and it will be here before you know it. Most of us went back to school in September when we were kids and young adults. As some of you know, my kids are home-schooled (well actually, they are un-schooled but that is a whole other post), but it still feels like something new is supposed to...

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How often do we ask ourselves this question? When I first started teaching yoga, I wasn’t “ready”.  In fact, I was kind of thrown into it because the teacher kept not showing up. When I contemplated opening my first yoga studio, I definitely wasn’t ready. I remember debating this with myself and realizing that the question wasn’t; was I ready? The question was; did I have something to share with others...

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