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Holding Steady

At the start of this pandemic, in answer to the proverbial question, ‘How are you doing?’ I most often said, ‘I’m  holding steady’. I offered this response with honesty, some surprise, and a lot of relief. It seemed my years of teaching and practicing yoga had grounded me solidly in a deep felt sense of […]

Asana: Anjaneyasana or Kneeling Lunge

An Antidote to Prolonged Sitting: Anjaneyasana or Kneeling Lunge Inevitably, my asana practice and teaching have evolved over time. These days I find I use individual yoga postures as a centre point to move in and out of, and around, a shape, in as many novel ways as possible. Anjaneyasana,or kneeling lunge, is one of […]

7 Ways to Prevent Yoga Teacher Burnout

One of the things in my life I’m most grateful for is that I get to teach yoga in exchange for money. This means that I have turned my deepest spiritual commitment into a livelihood. Yet, at times, my work becomes stressful and can compromise my well-being. This would probably seem counter-intuitive to anyone other […]

News from the Centre: July 2016

Greetings Friends. The Solstice has come and gone. Summer is fully upon us with its outward spiral of heat, light and life force. July may be whirling away, but we remain firmly tethered by our sadhana, as we circle around the Centre. We welcomed our Yoga Service and Study Immersion (YSSI) participants into the community […]

Love Poems to God

Book Review: Love Poems from God

Love Poems From God Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West Translations by Daniel Ladinsky book review by Kenzie Pattillo THEY CAN BE LIKE A SUN They can be like the sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field. -St. John of the Cross I began shaving for […]

Yoga Nidra: Let Yourself Be (and Listen)

As our daily routines slowly transform through different stages of our lives, our daily sadhana (yoga practice) must adapt accordingly. Now that my children are in school full time and I am teaching back to back yoga classes most evenings, yoga nidra (yogic sleep) has become a non-negotiable part of my sadhana. I admit my […]

Book review: Myths of the Asana

Myths of the Asanas The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition Written by Alanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij Book review by Kenzie Pattillo “Yogic myth has a genius to clothe the infinite in human form.” Eknath Easwaran The authors of ‘Myths of the Asanas’, Alanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij, […]

Householder Yoga

‘The yoga of householder is a very hard yoga. Not for everyone. Be householder saints.’ Ten years ago, just as I was trying to figure out who and how to be in the world as both a spiritual aspirant and an adult, I found out I was pregnant with my first child. Sure, I’d been […]

Book Review: “May I Be Happy” by Cyndi Lee

“May I Be Happy” A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind Written by Cyndi Lee A book review by Kenzie Pattillo I found a new yoga memoir at the library last month unexpectedly. I’d been in left brain yoga study for months it seemed – reading books about hands-on adjustments, sequencing and anatomy […]

Bring on the Yoga Fiction – Book Reviews by Kenzie

Continuing the theme of ‘yoga books not found in the ‘Yoga’ section of the library’, I present to you two works of ‘Yoga Fiction’. Though I read all sorts of books, I turn to fiction when I want to take a little vacation from my life and inhabit a completely imaginary one that is well […]

Kenzie’s Book Review: How We Live Our Yoga

How We Live our Yoga Teachers and Practitioners on How Yoga Enriches, Surprises, and Heals Us Personal Stories edited by Valerie Jeremijenko Upon finishing this book and contemplating this review, foremost in my mind was the need to convince everyone to read it. The collection of personal stories, ‘How We Live Our Yoga’, feels like […]

Asana of the Month : Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance)

Pincha Mayurasana (pin-cha my-your-AHS-anna) aka Feathered Peacock or Forearm Balance pincha=feather mayura=peacock Yogi/blogger J. Brown recently wrote a brave piece dethroning the King and Queen of yoga – Salamba Sisasana (headstand) and Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). Though he discussed the very real potential for injury, especially in group classes, his greater emphasis was in regards to sticking […]