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the full monty

if you follow me on social media, perhaps you’ve heard. or perhaps, you need to follow me a lot closer… my newest vimeo video, “the full monty”, is up and here’s why it gets its own blog post! this is a video i have been meaning to make for years but, quite frankly, i’ve been…

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the same thing…over…and over…and over again…

it started on april 14. i made a commitment that day to recite the mourner’s kaddish and psalm 23 daily for everyone who has lost his or her life either due to, or during, the coronavirus pandemic, until this nightmare, too, shall pass. every day at 1pm (pacific), i go on facebook live to say the…

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covidYAMA and coroNIYAMA

as coronavirus sentences us to solitary confinement, we are each given a unique opportunity to step back, take inventory, and think about who we were coming into this pandemic…and who we will be coming out. we are all suffering in our own way, be it emotionally, financially, mentally or all of the above. and while…

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Getting to the Core with Sadie Nardini

By Shana | September 19, 2016

On October 5-6, the inimitable Sadie Nardini will be gracing the stage of the MINDBODY BOLD Conference in Los Angeles. Such a deliciously idiosyncratic yogini. Think Sid Vicious meets the Dalai Lama…in female form. Sadie marches to the beat of her own (punk) drummer and looks at yoga and life (isn’t yoga life afterall?) in…

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what is real? are you sure???

By Shana | August 19, 2016

Have you seen Kumare? You need to! In a tiny nutshell that doesn’t do this mind-blowing documentary justice, it’s the (true) story of a man who pretends to be a guru to see who will follow him. At first, the experiment is pretty much a joke to him, but as real followers begin to entrust…

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poor little backbends

By Shana | June 22, 2016

i have a confession to make. i’ve neglected my backbends. unforgivably so. it all started innocently enough. about ten years ago, i slid down the slippery slope of handstand and core obsession. as i became more and more enthralled with the thrill of inversion, my practice became more and more core and handstand intensive. overall,…

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there are options

By Shana | May 25, 2016

so…you say you really, really want to take my 200-hour teacher training, but you can’t afford it. hey! there are options! have you considered selling your organs? i’m sure you already know that you don’t need that second kidney. and your gall bladder…what does that thing do, anyway? have a gold tooth? you can melt…

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asana’s worst enemy

By Shana | April 8, 2016

if you’re like most people on earth, you probably spend a good part of your life sitting around. sitting at the computer, at meals, while driving, watching tv, hanging out on the toilet, and whatever else you sit around and do. and this may or may not come as a shocker to you, but sitting…

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E.T. Phone Home!

By Shana | April 3, 2016

When I was a kid I was completely traumatized when a mean girl at camp saw my legs dangling over the side of the bunk bed and squealed loudly “Oh my God! You have ET feet!” All in all, it was a very unimportant event in the history of my very eventful life, but somehow…

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a matter of life or death!

By Shana | January 31, 2016

this is the pose. warrior two. one day–maybe five years ago–we were all in this pose. and something inside of me starting laughing. at myself. at the teacher. and at everyone around me. here we were, a bunch of fully grown adults standing still like statues in some sort of superhero museum, taking it as…

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yoga for butterflies

By Shana | January 6, 2016

it must be pretty comfortable to be a caterpillar. you get to wrap yourself up in a warm, soft cocoon and sleep for ages. pretty much my world’s greatest fantasy. but then…there’s a choice. you can stay cuddled in your comfy cocoon for the rest of your life until you die, or you can wake…

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oh! my!! god!!!

By Shana | November 12, 2015

we’ve all been there. something terrible–or seemingly terrible–happens and we suddenly become very religious. we pray and pray to a god we only really talk to when something terrible (or seemingly terrible) happens. we promise him we will never sin again if he just fixes this one problem. we’ll give 100% of our income to…

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there are no bad decisions…

By Shana | August 22, 2015

when you look back upon your life, there’s a good chance that you can pick out the good decisions from the bad. breaking up with your abusive boyfriend, good. breaking up with the love of your life, bad. leaving a dead-end job, good. leaving a fabulous job for hopes of better, bad. jumping into your…

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because, cecil the lion.

By Shana | July 31, 2015

warning. you may be personally offended by this blog post. sorry. it’s actually time to get off your high lion, step back and truly examine the concept of ahimsa. i have to admit, i have not seen the viral video of a dentist killing cecil the lion. because i’m already a vegan, i feel like…

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i do believe in spooks. i do. i do believe in spooks.

By Shana | May 27, 2015

go ahead and laugh. i cried myself to sleep on saturday night. yeah…that’s not the funny part. i cried myself to sleep because i was afraid of a ghost. see, i was staying at the notoriously haunted fort garry hotel in winnipeg and they put me in the room directly adjacent to the room directly…

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someone call guinness!!!

By Shana | April 29, 2015

well, i did it. i just finished teaching the world’s smallest yoga teacher training in history. three students (and me) in my little home yoga studio. and. it. ROCKED! while other trainings have 20, 30, 50…or more students, i had just three. and everyone kept asking me how it was financially worthwhile…and why didn’t i…

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the urban yoga soundtrack

By Shana | April 20, 2015

home practice. what could be more ideal? nothing but you and the silence of your surroundings. no being subjected to the endless chatter of some talky teacher. no being distracted by the sweaty, smelly masses around you. just you, your mat, and your practice. or, if you’re me…jackhammers. just me, my mat, my practice and…

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how losing control brings control

By Shana | March 8, 2015

i have this one student who gives me what she calls “bonus animal noises” when she feels like she is losing control of a pose. as in, she thinks she’s about to fall out of a handstand and then monkey-like sounds emit from her mouth. that’s the first sign of impending doom. then there is…

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the greedy giver

By Shana | February 16, 2015

aparigraha. non-greed. one of the basic precepts (yamas) of yoga. part of the moral code for living. on the surface, this is an easy one. don’t take what you don’t need, and give what you can. right? well, right-ish. nothing in yoga (or life) is quite that simple. any basically good human being knows that…

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you don't need a yin practice.

By Shana | January 23, 2015

so, i was working with a student–coincidentally named yin–and she was pontificating the value of a yin practice. her exact words (to the best of my recollection): “i really should start a yin practice, huh?” honestly, my response: no. let me preface this by saying these are my thoughts while i am still (relatively) young…

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you don’t need a yin practice.

By Shana | January 23, 2015

so, i was working with a student–coincidentally named yin–and she was pontificating the value of a yin practice. her exact words (to the best of my recollection): “i really should start a yin practice, huh?” honestly, my response: no. let me preface this by saying these are my thoughts while i am still (relatively) young…

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get smart

By Shana | December 25, 2014

’tis the season. christmas. the time of year where i have to explain over and over again why i–a jew–do not celebrate christmas. the conversation usually goes something like this: them: merry christmas. me: thanks, but i’m jewish. i don’t celebrate christmas. 🙂 them: really? why not? me: because i’m jewish. them: but why don’t…

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om sweet om

By Shana | October 29, 2014

so it took me a little while to foster a consistent home practice. a few years really…well, let’s be honest, a decade… for the first few years, i would hunker down for a home practice, do a few sun salutations, a couple of poses, and ten minutes later, i was done. that was the end…

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a simple test to find out if you are ready for level 2/3 yoga classes…

By Shana | October 21, 2014

So, some people think they are ready for a 2/3 yoga class…until they actually take one and the truth becomes readily apparent. Here’s an easy test to determine whether you are 2/3 caliber: Go to a Level 2/3 yoga class. If you can’t wait for the next one, you’re ready. If you can’t bear the…

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