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The Moment Courage Stepped into My Life

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

A guest post from Ryan Sallans The room felt as if it were shaking up and down until there was gentle pressure placed on the top of my knee. I looked down to see a brown leather shoe holding me in place, anchoring me to the moment. The shoe belonged to my therapist, who was […]

The Courage to Disconnect

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

A guest post from Leslie Forman 11pm, Monday night. I’m lying in bed after a long and stressful day, scanning through my phone one last time before I turn off the lights. An email from my boss pops up with a short but fundamental question: What’s the rationale for the way you’re organizing the website […]

The Courage To Love Myself Anyway

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

A guest post from Catherine Just Last February, I asked my husband for a divorce. From the outside it seemed the craziest thing I could do. He’s loyal, generous, funny, talented, honest, drama and chaos free. We have the same sense of humor, same interests, same lifestyle. He has a great paying, very secure career. He’s […]

I showed up. I opened my heart. I stayed.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

A guest post from Jill Salahub I spent many years not being myself. I attempted to live in accordance with what was expected of me, even when it didn’t match up with what I wanted or knew to be true, even when it wasn’t really me. When I measured myself in comparison to external expectations […]

The bravest thing I’ve done this year.

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

But you don’t lie down. And you don’t run away. And you know that the person who is going to save you from this mess is you. You are going to be your own Knight in Shining Armour. You are going to woman up, make a plan and take the first step.

Yoga and Body Image

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Today my dear friend (and 30 Days of Curvy Yoga co-teacher) Anna Guest-Jelley has a beautiful new book being released into the world: Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body. I love everything Anna touches, and am honored to have a chapter in the book on how shame found me on the yoga mat.

Rachel Cole on our relationship with ourselves

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

A quick reminder: Registration for the last round of 30 Days of Yoga closes tomorrow! I’ve been practicing yoga and meditation for a decade, which means I am pretty in touch with my own feelings, hungers and desires. I know what I need. But until I spent a day at a Retreatshop with Rachel Cole last year, […]

Why my yoga practice & teaching is part of my humanitarian work

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Today we hear from Amanda Scothern, my co-teacher for the 30 Days of Yoga for Aid Workers course (which begins on 6 October). Amanda has been working in the the humanitarian sector for 15 years, practising yoga for 10 years and teaching yoga for three.   Why my yoga practice & teaching is part of my humanitarian work […]

Michele Lisenbury Christensen on her yoga practice

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Registration is open for what will be the last session of my 30 Days of Yoga courses. As I retire these courses, I’ve asked a few friends to join me in reflecting on why yoga and meditation are so crucial to their lives. We started with Susan Piver and today we’re turning to Michele Lisenbury Christensen; I think you’re really going to […]

Susan Piver on mediation, sadness & music

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Registration is now open for what will be the last session of my 30 Days of Yoga courses. I first offered this course in January 2010 because I needed to get into my own regular home yoga practice as part of my yoga teacher training certification.

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Four years, five new courses and many thousands of gorgeous online yogis later, it’s time for me to retire these courses and concentrate on my work in human rights and social and environmental justice, and on teaching and supporting others to cultivate the courage it takes to step into the change-maker role that is calling you.

As I retire these courses, I’ve asked a few friends to join me in reflecting on why yoga and meditation are so crucial to their lives. We’re starting with Susan Piver by looking back at a post she wrote last year around this time.

I deeply appreciate Susan’s perspective, especially when it comes to her take on how meditation allows us to be in the world. This post is all about the potency of connection and how it allows us to see, feel and be with suffering while also allowing us to access the comfort and beauty can bring. Yoga has opened me to both.

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