The Insecurity Blanket

For years before I was a freestanding handstander in the middle of the room, well…I wasn’t. I was utterly stuck to the wall, petrified to practice my handstands in the middle of the room. Funny thing is that this love affair with Paul (The Wall), was fairly loveless, indeed. Before I finally ventured to the…

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Unintended Side Effects

My mind has been going nonstop lately. Yeah, I know, not very yogic. But sort of human, you have to admit. A couple weeks ago, I went to visit my sister in Israel. For those of you who don’t know Danni (The Dodo does!), she runs The Tiny Pet Rescue out of her home. Her…

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Om, My Goodness

I was a skeptic. When I went to Sri Dharma Mittra’s Life of a Yogi Teacher Training, we were taught a Mantra for Purification that we chanted daily. It didn’t resonate. Though I stumbled through the mantra, I didn’t know what it meant, I didn’t understand the words, I simply couldn’t connect. Fast forward a…

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By Shana | April 27, 2019

It’s been a while in the making and today I officially launch POEMliving. Personal Organization, Empowerment, and Motivation. A perfect complement to any yoga-minded lifestyle, I started POEMliving because so many people come to me from so many walks of life, just walking in circles, lost, confused, frustrated. I guess it’s the Virgo in me…

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spiritual but not religious

By Shana | February 22, 2019

if social media is any indication, most “yogis” under about 50 years old consider themselves “spiritual but not religious”. i find this equal parts depressing and hilarious. depressing, because it seems like there is no place for God (however you like to identify and name him, her, it…) in today’s world. even in the yoga…

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Why Me? 10 Great Reasons.

By Shana | January 8, 2019

So, you’re considering YOGAthletica Teacher Training. Awesome! Oh…and you’re considering a bunch of others, too. Okay. Here is why YOGAthletica 200-Hour Teacher Training Intensive is your best training option: 1. Shana has been teaching yoga full-time since March 2002. Her extensive experience and proficiency with the practice is almost unparalleled in the industry. 2. Shana…

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the truth hurts

By Shana | January 4, 2019

i’m 47. i know it’s generally not smiled upon for a woman to shout her age to the hilltops, but smile away. there are things i can control in this life–my attitude, my diet, my practice–and there are things i can’t. aging is way up there with the things i can’t. honestly, i wear my…

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how to love your job (even if you aren’t a yoga instructor)

By Shana | December 29, 2018

does the acronym “tgif” mean anything to you? do you live for the weekend? hate mondays? if so, i have some bad news for you. you’re wasting 5/7th’s of your life. and that sucks. life is short enough as it is. let’s assume–like 98% of the world (according to my own very unscientific survey of…

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the new yoga competition

By Shana | November 1, 2018

i remember when i first heard about bikram’s asana championship (was it in 2002?). i was absolutely appalled. how could there be an asana championship when asana is a state of mind far more than a state of body? were they going to attach electrodes to competitors’ heads to see who was the calmest? fast…

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instant karma’s not gonna get you

By Shana | October 5, 2018

bad news. instant karma is not gonna get you. worse news. there’s no such thing as instant karma beyond the beatles. as my mom always told me, “life is not a meritocracy.” and as an adult, i can now attest (excuse my french), “no shit.” i say this by way of justifying the karmic concept,…

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what would bob do?

By Shana | August 29, 2018

when i started yoga–around the turn of the century–each asana had two names. one was the sanskrit name and one was the translation. bhujangasana, cobra. dhanurasana, bow. natarajasana, king dancer. these days, it seems every pose has a hundred names. none in sanskrit and none in translation. classic asana nomenclature has transformed into modern slang.…

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love. yoga.

By Shana | July 21, 2018

the other day, i was asked the simple question, “what is love?”. though, of course, there is no simple answer. i may love yoga, my husband (the imaginary one), my cat, and my iphone, but each manifestation takes a completely different form than the other. i’m not going to have intercourse with yoga, my cat,…

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we are not yogis (or yoginis)

By Shana | June 24, 2018

hey ho, all ye seekers of truth and bliss! ye journeyers upon the yellow brick road to samadhi! o’ enlightened ones! have you picked up your copy of the yoga sutras of patanjali? you’ll want that one. it’s the roadmap for all good little yogis and yoginis. here are the cliff notes, in case you…

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top 6 reasons NOT to come to YOGAthletica teacher training

By Shana | May 31, 2018

so, you’re thinking about getting your yoga certification. good for you! great for you! spectacular for you! there are ten million teacher trainings out there. perhaps mine is one you are considering. terrific! i’m here to help you make the best possible decision…and offer the top five reasons why you should NOT come to YOGAthletica…

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losing the game

By Shana | May 3, 2018

oh, wow. i’m blogging about instagram again. the beast. it seems that instagram holds the whole yoga world captive in its far-reaching facebook-y tentacles. as hard as i have tried, it seems i have been fighting an uphill war of attrition. i keep my eye on other people i know with skyrocketing numbers of followers.…

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the satya superpower

By Shana | April 2, 2018

if you have ever read the yoga sutras of patanjali, you may be a bit cynical about some of its claims. for example, you may not actually believe that through the practice of perfect meditation and mindfulness you can make yourself invisible (3:21), read minds (3:19), or levitate (3:39). (then again, you might…and i would…

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it’s not what you think…really.

By Shana | March 1, 2018

Let’s talk about svadhyaya, shall we? Svadhyaya is the fourth of the niyamas (which are the second anga of the ashtanga) and certainly the most misunderstood. Literally translated: self-study. People bandy this word about in very fancy ways. On Facebook, on instagram, in blog posts. Very profound. They go on and on about deep, deep…

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your strongest muscle

By Shana | February 3, 2018

2017 was, well, crappy. Let’s not mince words. Among other things, I spent the entire second half of the year with excruciating tendinitis in both elbows (golfer’s AND tennis elbow in each)…and knees…and in my right biceps. Add to that two bad shoulders (that I have lived with for over a decade) and a neck…

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the yogi in my trashroom

By Shana | December 29, 2017

there’s a yogi in my trash room. ask patanjali. he’ll tell you all about it. in the astanga of the yoga sutras, there are eight limbs. the first two are yama and niyama…the code of conduct for living. and the culmination of the niyamas is ishvara pranidhana, submission to a higher power. the final limb…

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i will make you sing!

By Shana | November 17, 2017

i consider myself a pretty competent human being. i can at least sort of do everything i set out and try to do. that was until i tried making a singing bowl sing. 😆 thinking this would be another fabulous skill to add to my vast repertoire (think yoga, eating and sleeping), i got this…

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no will power at all

By Shana | October 2, 2017

when it comes to food, i have no will power. what can i say? the only thing i like better than food is eating food. no self-restraint. funny thing is, people always tell me, “wow! you’re a vegan? you have incredible will power.” they don’t get it. let me be perfectly clear…i am a very,…

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spirituality by any other name

By Shana | August 29, 2017

many years ago in a galaxy far, far away (well, malibu), a synagogue asked me if i could do “jewish yoga” for their women’s group. never one to say no to any opportunity anywhere ever, of course i said yes. whatever jewish yoga was. so, i put together this whole class that tied together yoga…

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kids are changing the (yoga) world

By Shana | July 8, 2017

the first time is an aberration. the second time is a trend. unless you live under a social media rock, you have heard about tabay atkins by now. and if you are just crawling out from the rock, a quick primer…tabay is america’s youngest certified yoga instructor. eleven years old. he completed my YOGAthletica teacher…

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getting older without getting old

By Shana | June 8, 2017

okay. i admit it. i have those days. you know, the days where you (grudgingly) wake up and say to yourself “maybe i’ll just take this one day off my yoga practice.” okay. i’ll admit it. i have them a lot. maybe because i never actually do take that day off (unless i am on…

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