After ten or fifteen minutes in the deep relaxation of Savasana, the teacher begins to recall students back to themselves, from Corpse Pose back to life. Little bits of movement, stretches, maybe even a yawn. Roll on to the side and slowly sit back up. There’s a reason why this is often a favorite pose. The peace…

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In thinking about essays on the practice of Savasana this week, I had written the words, “equanimity in difficult times”. Nothing more than that, just the phrase. As I was thinking about this topic I googled the phrase and found a wonderful article. (The link is at the bottom of the essay and I recommend reading…

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One of the wonderful aspects of working in higher education is the cycle of the academic calendar. We may not be able to predict the day to day details since we work with humans who do all sorts of interesting things at all times of the day and night, but we do have a pretty good…

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During my senior year in high school, I took a class that was to help me be ready for college. During the first half of the year, we learned to touch-type. And yes, this was some time ago, so I learned to type on a manual machine, which included hitting the return lever with determination –  because…

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Savasana, pronounced sha-VAH-suh-nuh, is one of the most, many would say the most important poses in yoga. It is the traditional final pose to any yoga class and it’s also often misunderstood. Like seeing only a room full of people ‘doing nothing but standing’ when you see a class practice Mountain Pose, people often joke that yoga…

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“Nah, yoga’s not for me. I’ve never been flexible.” It may be the number one reason I hear from people who are unwilling to even try a yoga class. Well, if being flexible means some of the extreme postures some highly experienced yogis can do, then none of us are particularly flexible. But we aren’t…

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I spent some time today looking at the dictionary for definitions, antonyms, synonyms and usage for the word stiffen as in ‘to stiffen the spine.’ I’ll spare you the details, but as you might imagine, the term is connected with courage, standing up for what you believe in, and strength. Now all of those sound like…

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A couple of weeks ago in a post about stretching, I mentioned the concept undergirding one of my favorite graduate classes –  the idea that one of the skills of leadership is being able to envision the future. And so we studied leadership by reading novels and enjoying the ability of novelists to imagine a variety…

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When we think of yoga, at least before we take a class, we often think of someone twisted into a human pretzel. Like this: – or some of those really crazy ones where you can’t quite figure out what leg is connected where. That’s the physical version of tying oneself in a knot, but we…

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As we reach the middle of May, the academic year begins to wind down. Many campuses have already celebrated their graduates with one version or another of a commencement ceremony. Some are still to come – final papers in my class are due today. But I think all of us would agree that this semester…

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