Posts by leslieabram


Adapted from Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives by Thich Nhat Hanh Look at strong emotions as a kind of storm. If we know weatherproofing techniques, we can come out of it intact. A storm may last an hour, several hours, or a day. If we master the ways of calming and steadying our mind, we can pass through the storms of emotion with relative ease.  Sitting in the lotus position or lying down on your back, begin...

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When I first started practicing yoga a few years ago, my mind was very busy and analytical during practice. I think that’s pretty normal! There’s a lot to pay attention to. Looking back, I know I was actually pretty tough on myself. But there was something there- a seed that kept me coming back to my mat, kept me practicing. Over time, things evolved. My practice shifted, and I started to be more myself on the mat. With...

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Layers


Posted By on Oct 19, 2019

LayersOnions have layers, ogres have layers.  So says Shrek.  And can’t we all learn from Shrek?  Well, yoga has been that way for me.  In the beginning, it was about my physical layer.  At the start I went to re-gain some movement and flexibility.  I didn’t think beyond that.  But as the words spoken in classes entered into my mind, I realized another layer was unfolding.  It...

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Our biggest obstacles can often come from a surprising source: ourselves! How often have I heard myself say “I can’t” or “That’s not me.”  These reactions are just stories I have made up over time. After a few years of regular yoga practice I am finding my stories are shifting, changing, and I am opening up to a lot of things I never thought possible.   One of the really important parts of yoga is svadhyaya – self study...

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Why Practice Pranayama?

Why Practice Pranayama?


Posted By on Feb 18, 2019

Pranayama changes the energy in the body.  When we adopt different breath patterns and techniques we can lengthen and deepen the breath, and bring more focus to the breath and its effects on our bodies and minds.   It is the fourth limb of yoga, and is intricately connected to all the other arms.  I absolutely love Pranayama, and it is not exaggerating to say it has changed my life. Why Practice Pranayama? -Slowing and deepening the...

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