the problem with surrender and devotion

I once had a teacher who said, ‘The problem for us is that we spend all our time collecting information without ever applying what we learn, so our mind’s are overdeveloped and our hearts are closed’. Yikes!

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what to do when you’re struggling with your personal practice

I remember, during my first yoga teacher training, one of the trainers said, “Once you begin teaching, one of the first things that can go is your personal practice. Don’t let that happen.” I remember thinking, “I cannot imagine a world where that would be true”. And, indeed, it was many years before I began…

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yoga is not conscious exercise

yoga is not conscious exercise

  I remember when I first began to practice yoga. It was purely a physical pursuit. I wanted to become stronger and more flexible so I found myself chasing ‘advanced’ poses that I couldn’t do yet, but wanted to. I remember, around that time, reaching a roadblock in the form of a pose. The pose…

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you are existence experiencing itself

Karina Guthrie Practicing at Sunset

One of the lovely things about life is its mystery. That sense of mystery is what propels us to travel the world, explore spirituality, and channel our desire to ‘know’ through the mediums of science and art. It’s this same longing that fuels our belief in God (or whatever you call that thing in your…

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Yoga Sequencing Tips

Yoga Sequencing Tips

As yoga teachers, how do we design great practices? To answer that question, we first need to explore what ‘great’ actually means. Does it refer to a fun practice? Do we gauge it by how we feel immediately after? Or, is a great practice one that contributes positively to our life?

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The Journey From Understanding to Embodiment

The Journey From Understanding to Embodiment

    A while back I was reading a book and it contained a series of business principles that were actually also just really great life principles. Something that the author said that I really loved was (and I’m paraphrasing here)… “You might hear these principles and think, actually, I already know that. But if…

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