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North Carolina to Texas Woo-Hoo

Natchez Trace Parkway Well, we got hung up in Asheville for a few days with a broken fuel line on my 1985 Cabriolet.  Poor old girl, being dragged behind an RV is rough! She is all fixed

Beginner’s Mind

Being a Good Student When teaching teacher training, I often suggest to people that it is important to be a good student.  Being a good student means staying in learning mode.  Being on the road means that I take classes with teachers and at studios that are unknown to me.  So far, I

On the Road First Days

FIRST COUPLE DAYS 12/17 We slept in the RV in our driveway so we could take off bright and early. 12/18 6am drove along 1A and watched the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean for the last time in 2010.  Dylan and I sat in the co-pilot seat drinking coffee and chatting about our trip. Hit

Ommmmmmm

      How I Started Teaching Let me just say that I love to OM. This was not always the case; in fact I never closed yoga practice with an OM as a new teacher. When I first started teaching, I honestly didn't know a lot about the tradition of the practice. I started

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Your Karma ran over my Dogma

Updogs, Downdogs, No Dogma Thought it appropriate to revisit our tagline as the new year and a new chapter of O2 begins. Some of it might seem obvious. We do a lot of updogs and downdogs in O2's unique style of yoga based on the Astanga system. There is also my clear love

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December 2010 Padmasana (Lotus)

Padmasana, or Lotus pose, is in many ways the quintesential yoga posture. It is the one most non-yoga practitioners think of when they imagine a yoga practice (that and ommmmmmmm). It seems appropriate to focus on padmasana at the end of the year because it represents consolidation of energy, balanced energy, and expanded energy. You

Life is Yoga: December 2010: A Note On OM

How I started teaching Let me just say that I love to OM. This was not always the case; in fact I never closed yoga practice with an OM as a new teacher. When I first started teaching, I honestly didn’t know a lot about the tradition of the practice. I started teaching because my

November 2010 Hanumanasana (Splits)

Hanumanasana, or split pose, is one of the most difficult postures both to access and to teach properly. There are a million "cheats," but doing it with alignment in mind will help you in everything you do in yoga. Anatomically, hanumanasana hip flexion in the front and hip extension on the back leg. Believe it

Life is Yoga: November 2010: Gratitude

I have been thinking a lot about the concept of gratitude. I think that many of us believe that the state of gratitude involves feeling happy all the time. Nothing could be further from the truth. I believe it is possible to practice gratitude while still slipping into frustration, sadness, and overstimulation. Gratitude is really

October 2010 Backbends

Backbends are in many ways the opposite of much of what we do all day. In yoga there is the concept of balance of opposites. Sukha/Stira (hard/soft), ying/yang, warming/cooling, strength/flexibility. We are constantly being pulled on by gravity, so most of the time we are getting pulled forward and down. Backbending is the opposite of