Never Ask Yourself This Question

I have to be honest. I’ve never asked myself this question. And in fact, I’m pretty sure the only reason it’s even a thing is because pop psychology made it one. So, have you ever asked yourself: “Am I Enough?” I guess my biggest problem with this question is its utterly vague nature. Enough of…

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Absolute PerFlexion

Honestly, the Ashtanga Yoga Sun Salutation A (Surya Namaskara A) is just such a perfect sequence. Its brilliance never fails to amaze me. The whole package is so delicious and really has everything you need for a complete yoga practice except a twist…and Savasana. Today, I want to talk specifically about the spine. Because, ultimately,…

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You’re Going To HATE This Post!

Perhaps you’ve heard (and if you’ve ever been to a yoga class, I assume you have): success in yoga depends on releasing your ego. Ego. That word can be so triggering. No one wants to admit they have one. Everyone has one. Yes, even you. And, yes, even me. The question is, can you acknowledge…

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Decompression = Relief!

By Shana | August 29, 2022

We all know what a terrific tool yoga is for decompression. The practice allows us to relieve stress and anxiety to reattain mental equilibrium. But… When you practice advanced asana, sometimes yoga can actually cause compression. On a physical level, that is. Despite my strongest efforts to be incredibly mindful with my alignments, I have…

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Old Dog. New Tricks.

By Shana | August 2, 2022

It’s not true what they say. Who the heck are they anyway? You can teach an old dog new tricks. As long as the dog is willing to learn. At 50 years old, the one thing I hear the most about people and relationships is that–by this age–people only become more and more entrenched in…

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Let. That. $#!&. Go!

By Shana | July 7, 2022

Once upon a time, I had a dream job with an abusive boss. Actually, twice upon a time I had that, but let’s focus on just the once. A situation occurred where my boss quite inappropriately publicly shamed me and someone who is very close to me took it upon herself to tell him off.…

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What view?

By Shana | June 23, 2022

Ah, life. It’s complicated. Especially these days of uncertainty and instability. Pandemic (epidemic?). Inflation. Political turmoil. Social justice challenges. Climate change. Violence. Oh…sorry. I meant to say it’s complicated. Not it sucks. These are days of growth and change. Of infinite possibility. Of new opportunities. Of miraculous medical breakthroughs. Of change. Of awareness. Of taking…

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Who Has Time For Yoga????

By Shana | May 31, 2022

Life. Enough said. But I will say more, because that would make for a very short blog post. Life is a lot. And it’s even more these days. Everyone is on 24/7. Working, texting, social media-ing, living, doing things… And yoga people–teachers and students alike–are constantly telling me that they don’t have time to practice…

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The 5000(+)-Year-Old Game of Telephone

By Shana | April 29, 2022

Remember Telephone? The game where one person whispers a phrase into the ear of the person next to them, and that person whispers to the next person, and so on and so on until the message reaches the end of the circle…usually bearing little to no resemblance to the original? Now imagine that game being…

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By Shana | April 2, 2022

I went for a walk today and was thinking: our local park really isn’t that nice. And as I walked by the park, here’s what I saw: Peewees playing soccer. One in full princess attire. People playing tennis. Some competitive. Some could hardly keep it in the court. Men playing basketball. Their dogs lazily watching…

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That Insta-smile!

By Shana | February 27, 2022

Okay…okay! I’ll admit it. Despite what you see on Instagram, I am not always happy. There. I said it. And in times like these–with the people of Ukraine suffering in the most dire and frightening of circumstances–all I want to do is cry. But instead I smile. Because that’s what you do on social media.…

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The Fallacy of Free

By Shana | January 31, 2022

There’s this thought in the world: if you offer a good or a service, you should give it away for free to all your friends and family. And perhaps to various, sundry acquaintances, as well. It seems “fair” enough. What are friends for, after all? To take care of each other, lift each other up,…

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Bah, Humbug…Well, That’s Too Strong…

By Shana | December 31, 2021

New Year’s is not my thing. I may wish you a Happy New Year and, in fact, I probably will. But I am just as likely to wish you a happy Monday, or a happy August 29th (a very good day), or a happy Whateverdayithappenstobe. Truth is: I don’t think there is anything special about…

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Who Am I To Question Jois…?

By Shana | November 30, 2021

I know I will be burned at the stake for saying this, but I find the classic Ashtanga Primary Series video led by Sri Pattabhi Jois to some of his most prominent students……well…….sort of cringy. From the tense-shouldered Urdhva Mukha Svanasana to the Chaturanga Dandasanas that are an inch off the floor, from the splayed…

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Ah! The Naïveté of Youth!

By Shana | October 30, 2021

When I was but a wee lass in my pre-yoga 20s, I used to wake up at 4am every day to go to the gym before work. Every day, it was the same group of worker-outers. Always the usual suspects. Among us was a man in his early 90s, who not only did an hour…

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You’re Getting Sleepy…Sleeeeeepy….

By Shana | September 30, 2021

One thing (if I can possibly name one thing) that everyone is talking about these days is how hard is has been to get a good night’s sleep during the pandemic. A year-and-a-half into all this craziness, that’s a long time to go sleep deprived. Sleep is such an incredibly important part of not just…

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Well…I Gotta Have Faith…

By Shana | August 31, 2021

In a recent personal exploration of faith, I came to an unexpected conclusion: that one can be a person of tremendous religious devotion without being a person of faith. Typically, these words are used more or less interchangeably. Devout, faithful…same thing. And yet… My revelation emerged from an examination of prayer itself. The act of…

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Financial Abundance…Beyond Wealth

By Shana | July 12, 2021

I have financial abundance. Not because I am rich. Not in the conventional way, at least. In fact, my financial abundance has nothing to do with with what I have and everything to do with what I have to give. Like many, this past year-and-a-half has been a rough one for my business. When you…

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Happy Memorial Day?

By Shana | May 31, 2021

Pop quiz! Quick! What is Memorial Day? Time’s up! If you said it is for honoring our servicemen and women, you are wrong. That’s Veteran’s Day. Memorial Day is a day of commemoration of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. So, it always rankles my nerves when people wish each other…

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it’s just so easy for me!

By Shana | March 28, 2021

easy peasy, lemon squeezy. it always takes me aback when people comment on my photos or videosthat they will never be able to do something but it’s just so easy for me. or even better, that everything is easy for me. first of all, i’m not going to lie. most of the stuff that looks…

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Soul Purpose

By Shana | February 23, 2021

Do you believe in reincarnation? I sure do. And I always have. Waaaaay before I knew a single thing about yoga, I just knew. I believe that a soul is eternal. And recyclable. I believe that child prodigies are reincarnated souls that remember. I believe we are all here to learn the lessons we failed…

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lesson learned

By Shana | January 26, 2021

I had been teaching almost a full decade when I decided to take a second, entry-level 200-Hour training with Sri Dharma Mittra. I was already highly experienced, already teaching at studios all over the world, but I really wanted to train with the master. Anyone who knows me–who knows my teaching–knows that I love alignment.…

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i 💚 you

By Shana | December 28, 2020

quick! when i say “love”, what color do you think of? bet you said red! of course you did! red is the color of fiery passion and romantic fire. red burns. it excites. it ignites. it’s the color of hearts and roses and valentines. how interesting, then, that the color associated with love in yoga–the…

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when you give a yogini a pillow…

By Shana | November 29, 2020

i’ll admit, it’s been hard for me to sleep lately. not for the normal covid reasons. it’s not anxiety or stress or depression. it’s my neck. and shoulders. living massage-free for the last eight months has not done my body well. and i wake up repeatedly during the night because my neck and shoulders just…

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