The Daily Check-In

I call this the “Check In.”  I do it first thing in the morning, and throughout the day as needed.  When we’re a bit wounded, as several of us are right now, we have to be patient with ourselves. Don’t go straight to the idea of “fixing” the injury.  Instead, stand up properly, as best you can. See where you fall into place and where you don’t.  It may be that your left shoulder hurts because your right knee is locked so your glutes aren’t firing!  It doesn’t matter if you can’t actually discern that level of subtlety, you can still begin to right your ship by doing the Check In.  It allows all your body parts to chip in to the best of their ability to support the original POW (puddle of woe) and help to heal you faster!

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Develop your Practice!

This past month while I was recovering from those wacky PRP injections, my practice was by necessity very pared down and specific.  It was easy to do and quick.  15 minutes in the morning before I started teaching and BOOM! Done. 

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Happy Valenhalves Day!

What if for Valentine’s Day there were cracked, broken hearts everywhere? No, wait, stay with me here! They could still have sparkles and ribbons. But here is the kind of cracked heart I propose, and the sentiment that would be stirred within us when we saw one, no matter our relationship status. My friend Geffen sent the following to me years ago when I hadn’t been able to sit down for a year and must have been acting particularly pissy.

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Crocodile Road

Izzy and I saw this sign on our way out from a swampy trail we had just walked. We thought it was cute. Further down the road we saw another sign we had missed on the way in, this one more official and more ominous...“PLEASE do NOT feed the crocodiles!”

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Try a Serving of Process with that Goal

New Year's Eve brings out the goal setter in each of us, which is why I'm sending this out on New Year's Day.  I want nothing to do with your goals and resolutions.  The only good resolution I ever heard was when Clara set hers to be "more nachos in 2015." Now THAT was a fine resolution, and one I was pleased to help her keep. 

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Less Fear, More Joy

A quick dream: I was married to Steph Curry!  (It was a very chaste and very brief relationship.)

When I woke up, I was struck by the odd visual and sensation it left me with, watching a guy play basketball, and yet feeling really happy at witnessing his happiness.

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Fight the Issues, Not the Man!

In my 20 years of teaching yoga and meditation I cannot remember a time when every class began with a political discussion.  I actually just ordered a whole batch of US Constitution Pocket Guides (http://www.greenapplebooks.com/book/9780195304435) to give out on Valentine's Day.  If our rights are gonna be taken away, we better know what they are!

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