freedom from your monkey mind: sutras 3.51 + 3.52

freedom from your monkey mind: sutras 3.51 + 3.52

Part of me does want to live in a hut in the woods. Somewhere quiet, green, and “away” from everything distracting or conflicting. Somewhere that I can joyfully meditate on nature and the universe all day long. A bigger part of me is pretty darn ok with the modern conveniences of life and the crazyread more

find your “pure being”: sutra 3.50

find your “pure being”: sutra 3.50

Most of us grow up with a learned sense of “right” and “wrong”. Human beings, perhaps in efforts to maintain harmony among beings, have created many rules for behavior that, once established, societies often follow without regularly considering how, why, or even that they’re powerful tools for peace –or that sometimes they end up beingread more

use your awareness for action: sutra 3.49

use your awareness for action: sutra 3.49

Imagine you’re allergic to strawberries. Imagine you grew up in a strawberry-free home and so are ignorant of this allergy. Now picture yourself at a fancy party and a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries floats around the room enticing guests. So, like everyone else is doing, you indulge in the innocuous-looking little treat. And it isread more

take a self awareness coffee break: sutra 3.48

take a self awareness coffee break: sutra 3.48

Perhaps it’s the new smells. Maybe it’s the temperature change. Or maybe it’s that I’m a school girl at heart and in my eyes, September has “fresh start” written all over it. We’re on the other side of labor day, and I am just itching to take in new information, take on new challenges, andread more

change your perspective through tiny, tiny shifts

change your perspective through tiny, tiny shifts

Got an overwhelming project? Tackle your goal or problem in baby steps. At least, that’s what all get-shit-done advice says. Dive in with a plan that you can follow, one that includes small steps that you know will be manageable, and leave the far away goal out of the everyday picture. I think that’s goodread more

take summer with you

take summer with you

We made it! We made it to the other side of summer into glorious fall! I LOVE fall. I live for fall! It is hands down the best. time. of. year. Every summer I get a small kick out of not needing socks or coats, but mostly, I just pine for fall. And now thatread more

all good summery things must end

all good summery things must end

Ahh, Labor Day There’s something special about Labor Day Weekend. It’s a bridge, for many of us, between play and work –a little like New Year’s, but with a different mood. At New Year’s, I feel myself and my students “resetting” with determination. Determination fueled by frustrated exhaustion. Which kinda sucks, no? But as weread more

how much mobility do you need?

how much mobility do you need?

How much mobility do YOU need? Human joints can move in predictable ways that are more or less the same for all of us. More or less the same means we do not move in exactly the same ways. Why is this? First there’s the mobility you’re “born with”. It’s the mobility determined both byread more

mobility vs flexibility: do you have enough?

mobility vs flexibility: do you have enough?

About 7 out of 10 newcomers to yoga warn me: “I’m not very flexible.” The other 3 tell me they’ve started because they want to be “more” flexible. 9 out of 10 times these newcomers have plenty of “flexibility.” What they do often lack is functional mobility. What’s the difference between mobility and flexibility? Nothing moreread more

how to learn through touch

how to learn through touch

What did you learn about your bones last week? (If you didn’t download the free learn-through-touch palpation worksheet, you can get it in last week’s post.) A whole bunch? Not so much? Or maybe it wasn’t your bones that caught your attention, but your response to palpating them (or just the idea of it)… Weread more

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That’s me, Esther

I teach yoga and champion individuality by teaching you what’s under the hood (thank you, yoga AND science!). Together, we sort through what we can know, what we can’t, and how to work with both. There might be Pixar quotes. And whiskey, neat.

 

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