Category Archives: ASANA

New Year, New Opportunities!

If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that human beings are hard wired for evolution. There is nothing static about us, except our beliefs, and even those change over time. That is why, after 14 years of running the ISHTA Yoga studio, my job description is changing. I am honored to…
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Mothering

“We are born of love; Love is our mother.”  – Rumi This past year has been rich with opportunities for us to learn what it means to mother.  The word mother comes from the Latin word mater, which is also where the word matter comes from. To mother is to give and sustain life. It is to…
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Conscious Creativity

Our creativity is born from our desire to perpetuate life. When we create something, whether it be a piece of music, a gourmet meal, or a social media post, we are affirming to the universe that we are capable of manifestation. It is the life force energy, or prana, that rides on our breath and is…
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Fierce Compassion

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” - Dalai Lama We often think of virtues like love and compassion to be qualities of softness and receptivity but there is a fierceness we need to abide in them fully. To anchor ourselves in the space of our hearts is…
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Breaking Open

Dear Friends, "You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”  - Rumi Just because our hearts break does not mean they are meant to close down. The breaking is what cracks us open. Loving is not always easy. It requires a capacity to feel a whole range of feelings and not shut down as…
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Digging Deep

Dear friends, In this time of unpredictability, confusion, and grief, let’s remember what we do have mastery over: our inner realm. Within you is a space that is untethered, impenetrable, unshakeable, and unbounded. Just like a hole deep within the earth, there is space inside you that can only be found when you dig deep.…
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October Newsletter: A Call to Practice

“Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break, and with devotion.”   Sutra 1:14 When things get challenging, our practice is often the first to go. It’s in these experiences, that shake the ground beneath us, that actually call for us to step on our mats. This is when we…
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The Transience of Autumn

“It is when we are in transition that we are most completely alive.” -William Bridges Fall is such a powerful reminder of transience of all things. For those of us who thrive in the warmth and light of summer there is a twinge of heartache comes with the arrival of shorter days and cooler weather.…
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Why Being Spiritual Does not Mean Being Perfect

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.”  -Friedrich Nietzsche Yoga is a path of self-reflection and self-exploration, not self-perfection. I’ve thought a lot about the discipline that comes with living a life based on spiritual principles, and how easy it is to fall into the trap of perfectionism.  We might…
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The Power of Sound + Touch

We all know how sound can alter our consciousness. Think of how you feel when you hear a melody of birds chirping versus a loud siren passing by.  Or, the sound of waves in the ocean versus  a baby screeching. Sound carries vibration and it affects the space that we are in by emitting soundwaves into the…
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