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The sweetness of practice comes with integration. We share tips and reflections regularly on our blog to help you find ways to connect.

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Jun 14, 2022

Energy

In our mindfulness groups this month we have been working with energy. It is one of the ways  that we can purify the mind and heart. It’s actually a coincidence that this is our topic this month but it does seem incredibly appropriate! Perhaps it is a...

Jun 14, 2022
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May 30, 2022

Back in the saddle

Ok, I didn’t actually make it to the saddle (as we fondly refer to the O’Malley Gully) but I did get to one of my favorite hiking trails in Anchorage for my annual “reality check.” This what I call my first foray into the mountains after summer comes to the...

May 30, 2022
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May 3, 2022

Wisdom

The Buddha said that the way to become wise is to ask questions. The Yoga Sutras tell us that there are several ways to attain knowledge: through inference, direct (sense) experience, and teachings. Contemporary neuroscience recognizes “multiple intelligences”...

May 3, 2022
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Apr 19, 2022

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Diane Ziegner

As a teacher and student of yoga, I often look to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for inspiration. Introducing and inviting my students to apply the wisdom of the sutras with curiosity in asana class is one of my objectives as a teacher. It gives a richness to our...

Apr 19, 2022
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Apr 11, 2022

Taking Time to Listen by Maggie Laufenberg

Hello all and welcome to my first blog post with Yoga for Mental Health. I am delighted to share my practice with you as well as my story while Margi is away on retreat! I want to start off by sharing with you the first time I tried to practice mindfulness and to...

Apr 11, 2022
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Apr 3, 2022

Giving up what causes suffering

Perfections of the Heart: Renunciation“Most people have something they can relinquish.” This is the quote from Sylvia Boorstein that opened our conversation about generosity. We considered abundance, receptivity, and how to reinforce connections with the practice...

Apr 3, 2022
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Mar 4, 2022

A virtuous life. Practice.

Perfections of the Heart: MoralityThis perfection is our commitment to a virtuous life. It is reflected, with relative consistency, in virtually all spiritual practices. In yoga the moral principles are known as the Yamas. In Buddhism, the 5 precepts. In...

Mar 4, 2022
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Feb 14, 2022

Befriending

Befriend, freeze, run away, defend, help, grieve… our animal instincts, all of them.  Along the way we get so much feedback, we learn so many stories. We develop preferences, we choose sides. We change.  Everything changes.  In the liminal space...

Feb 14, 2022

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