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Beware the Guru

Beware the Guru

  Note: This article was written in February 2013, shortly after the Vatican’s announcement that Pope Benedict would be stepping down. A highly edited version of it was published on The Huffington Post in May of last year. We are re-posting it now, as a UN panel investigating torture questions a vatican envoy on the […]

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The Meaning of Om

The Meaning of Om When I started doing yoga, I loved most of what happened in the classes. One thing I did not love, though, was the chanting of “om.” None of my early teachers could explain what the meaning of Om was, or why we were doing it. It felt cult-y and confusing. Eventually, […]

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What I Learned Doing Yoga in Marc Jacobs Jeans

Like many repeated endeavors, yoga practice can take the body and mind to higher functionality and health, or toward pain and suffering. The mat is a laboratory where we can experiment with our own strengths and weaknesses.   Originally published in The Huffington Post The great yoga teacher Vinnie Marino once said, while teaching an advanced […]

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Yoga Alliance Is Ruining Yoga

When I started practicing yoga, I never imagined that it would become as popular as it is now. I also never imagined that the majority of yoga classes happening these days would be a string of risky tricks taught by minimally educated teachers, all done to a rocking sound track. And, while there’s a lot […]

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Begin a Yoga Practice: 6 Tips for Success

You have decided that it’s time to begin a yoga practice! Congratulations on your wise choice! You are not only brilliant, you are also wildly efficient. A good yoga practice can make all those other improvements to your life just kind of happen without much further effort. Yoga, when practiced earnestly, regularly, and for a while, […]

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