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Full Moon full of promise

Every year, the Full Moon in May celebrates the life of the Buddha – his birth (2579 years ago), his enlightenment, and his passing. Known as Buddha Purnima (meaning “full moon of the Buddha”), today is a day to remember the gift of awareness and the deep understanding of the human mind that Siddharta Gautama […]

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The art of planning without expectation or attachment

Things rarely go the way we hope they will, yet we continue to operate day to day as if we know what is coming next. For most people, the word ‘planning’ probably conjures up some form or implicit or explicit to-do list along with an expectation that things will work out accordingly.  Alas, as the saying […]

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Is your life a pain in the neck?

At the beginning of my group hatha yoga classes, I ask my students how they are feeling and what they would like to do. Pretty much every time, most hands are drawn like magnets to their respective necks and shoulders, and relieving tension there is always at the top of the list of things to […]

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April Yoga Update

After decades of deepening a traditional yoga practice, it really seems like the time is right to shake things up a bit. Been. There. Done. That! Right?! Bring on the new and exciting – Inspiration is really psyched to present these hot new trends coming soon, all offered by instructors with at least a few […]

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A fresh start!

One of the highest teachings of all the great spiritual traditions inevitably also turns out to be one of the most difficult to implement. Non-attachment makes so much sense intellectually, but in practice we find ourselves twisted up in emotions and habits that make letting go of the past a pretty sticky affair. But exhale […]

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Transforming yourself to transform the world

Turning your dreams into reality is one of the major themes of Sunday, March 12th’s full moon, and I am definitely feeling excited by the positive feedback and interest in my webinar and new online course – a longtime dream of mine! You can watch the webinar replay at any time – it can be […]

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Practicing the wisdom of Metta

This is Metta. Metta loves unconditionally. She spreads joy to everyone she encounters and shows delight and enthusiasm for the little things in life. Back inside after collecting the post 60 seconds ago? How exciting! Another chance to show more love and affection. Gone for three hours? It’s a homecoming celebration! Metta forgives easily and […]

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When retreating is the best way forward

Mercifully, a strong spiritual practice in crazy times offers a lot of clarity and a sense of purpose. I love the French expression “reculer pour mieux sauter” (step back to jump better), which nicely sums up the idea that we function best with a bit of perspective. When we step back, retreat and unplug for a […]

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Ubuntu* ~ “I am what I am because of who we all are”

Twenty years ago this month I received my first yoga teacher certification in Goa, India. I didn’t see myself as a teacher at that time, just a seeker who needed to stretch out of the box I had put myself in since my high school years. Anyway, a certificate doesn’t make one a teacher and […]

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A vibrant Full Moon to set off the holiday season!

Overnight tonight (December 14th at 01:05 CET) we will (hopefully!) see another glorious Full Moon – the third “supermoon” in a row. Although there is a lot of light, social energy behind this Gemini Moon – the culmination of the fact-seeking New Moon of two weeks ago – there is also a strong influence of […]

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