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When I first began teaching yoga in 1981, yoga wasn't exactly entrenched in the mainstream as it is now. I had been meditating for four years and doing asana out of a book daily. There was never a thought about becoming a yoga teacher, as I had four children, ages 7-14, and it was all I could do to stay afloat and meet my commitments as an Air Force wife and mother. My daily meditation practice helped more than anything else to keep me on a fairly even keel during those challenging days.
When the Officer's Wives Club asked me to teach a yoga class, I responded with a resounding "No". I didn't think I was remotely qualified to teach. I had never had a formal teacher myself, much less any kind of certification. But somehow they convinced me I could do it, so I began voraciously studying and planning. My first class was held in the living room of our home on Pope AFB in North Carolina, where I magically made most of the furniture disappear and did an overkill of fresh flowers, incense and candles. I was terrified! I prayed I wouldn't hurt anyone. I think...

posted: 7 years 2 months ago
posted: 6/11/12
India! How can one begin to describe the experience of two weeks in this challenging, energetic and sacred land? Eight adventurous students, plus my husband, John, daughter Kate and I, embarked on our second Yoga Pilgrimage to the foothills of the Himalayas in December 2007. Landing in the New Delhi airport after a 16-hour flight, we were immediately confronted with new and strange sights, sounds and smells. With our large bags stuffed into and on top of the small taxis, we were driven to a Delhi hotel for our first night in India. We left the next morning for the seven-hour drive to our home...
posted: 6/11/12
As the yoga boom continues to grow and new studios pop up everywhere, the question arises of how to offer classes in order to appeal to both new and experienced students. Yoga studios usually choose one of two options for class registration. One option is class cards, where the student pays for a specific number of classes over a certain time period. This is often seen as most convenient for the student, as they can go to any class on the schedule without committing to any specific class. The other registration option is based on sessions, in which the student signs up for an entire series of...
posted: 6/11/12
Not long ago, I was troubled to read in the Washington Post that local hospitals are having to expand to accommodate increasing numbers of aging, ailing Baby Boomers - a generation of which I and many of Willow Street's students are a part. We're living longer than our parents did, and of course we want to grow older gracefully. Yet even as health care is one of our highest concerns - as it is for people young and old - right now, we're most worried about our pocketbooks and retirement plans! I understand that in this economy, for many people, a weekly yoga class may seem like...
posted: 6/11/12
Life is good. As free, joyful, and creative expressions of the One, we are blessed to be embodied in this life. Life is a magnificent gift of the Divine, not some sort of karmic punishment, nor something we need to transcend. Indeed, it is through our limited physical form that we are able to experience our Unlimited Being. Our Tantric philosophy declares that Goodness is the absolute nature of the world, and there is no absolute evil in the universe. No one, no thing has an intrinsically malevolent or evil essence. And yet, because we have free will, we are capable of errors, mistakes, even...
posted: 6/11/12
As we see and feel the changes that take place in our body/mind from coming to yoga class each week, there's often a gradual stirring to begin to practice on our own. Our yoga evolves beyond a class we look forward to once or twice a week, and into a regular home practice in which the benefits of our yoga only multiply. It's actually in a home practice that we discover the nuances of the Principles of Alignment, and begin to feel what we need more or less of. Both I and my fellow teachers are very often asked: how might I go about developing a well-rounded practice that fits into my...
posted: 6/11/12
Have you been in a class at Willow Street where your teacher set the theme of the class as "change"? In our practice of yoga, we experience change in many ways, from the mat to what we take from the mat into our daily lives. Whether planned or unexpected, change permeates the flow of life. Change is the one thing we can count on. It was early in January 1994 when I opened the doors of Willow Street Yoga Center. We were actually on Willow Street back then, on the DC side of Takoma Park-on the second floor of the long sand-colored building where Arise used to be, across from CVS. We...
posted: 6/11/12
I write this from the vantage point of 37,000 feet above our earth, looking both up at the bluest of blue skies and down at cloud patterns of marshmallow fluff, and am seized with a sense of gratitude for the supreme beauty of our planet, and all that is in my life since I embarked on a spiritual path over 30 years ago. I am especially grateful for my teachers, past and present. My teachers have been a big part of my spiritual path as important guides for me in numerous different ways. It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. This has been absolutely true for me. At...

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