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I don’t often weigh in on the larger yoga world. I’ve never found it particularly useful and quite frankly I usually don’t care about “who said what to who about what.” It always feels like a saccharinely pompous version of TMZ fueled by inane spiritual psychobabble and the driving desire to win the title of "yogier than thou." But as the saga with Yoga Alliance continues to unfold, I think it’s important that we as teachers start talking more openly about the issues with this organization and its processes. My intention of this blog is to steer us towards solutions and see if we can air out some of the issues around certifying yoga teachers that have come to light in recent years.
My work more and more has been transitioning to a coaching role where I am helping people develop their energetic sensitivity and their intuition. I thought I’d write a little bit about my own journey of understanding with these concepts and try to lay them out in a way that is approachable and makes sense. I also encourage you to see if you see any of yourself in these ideas or recognize them in people you know.
There are many myths about spiritual practice in modern life. Many of these myths promote rather than reduce our suffering. It is essential that we learn how to distinguish between what is helpful and what is harmful. These are my top three ideas I’ve discovered in my own practice, and for sure from my own pride and mistakes, that have really helped me. When we’re willing to get “real real”, then our practice can truly help set us free.
So things are intense out there right now huh? I have been doing my level best to stay on even footing the last few weeks with all that is happening in the world. This is not something at which I used to excel. I have had to practice over the years, using all my tools from yoga and Buddhism, to keep an even keel in difficult times. I’ve also had to develop self-care techniques I know work well for me when the world is intense. I can feel in the energy currents that this is going to be an intense summer, so here are some of my ideas for staying balanced:
I’ve gone on a long journey with forgiveness in my life. We started out as unwilling roommates and eventually have worked our way into a healthy professional relationship. As I learn, I like to teach, and since it has been four years since my last blog, The Hard Won Sanity of Forgiveness , I thought I would share some lessons from the last few years.