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Day 10: Recognize What’s Holding You Back

Day 10: Recognize What’s Holding You Back

Throughout our philosophy reading this week and at the very end of class today, we explored the three components of yoga (self-discipline, self-study, and devotion to your superior self) and the five internal afflictions that get in our way of this experience (ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion, and a clinging to the physical body).… View Post

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Day 8: Acknowledge Your Mental Obstacles

Day 8: Acknowledge Your Mental Obstacles

Today my happiness about returning to the studio for teacher training was balanced out by my frustration with the incredibly dry, frigid weather that won’t leave New York City and my uncanny ability to succumb to a sinus cold every six months. … View Post

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Day 6: Finding Your OM

Day 6: Finding Your OM

If there’s anything I remember about the first time I ever joined in an OM chant in a yoga class, it’s that I honestly had no idea what it meant. … View Post

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Day 1: All About The Intention

Day 1: All About The Intention

Today confirmed that I made the right decision in signing up for my 200-hour yoga teacher training. My instructor is full of knowledge and spirit, genuinely excited to be working with my 19 classmates and myself so intensely over the next four weeks. And my classmates… well, there is no better group of students for me to join in this journey.… View Post

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What It’s Like To Approach The Same …

What It’s Like To Approach The Same Race In A New Way

Today I reconnected with the truth that the race itself doesn’t have to be the focal point of my climbing experience. It can be the genuine people I get to share it with, it can be the way the city makes me feel when I see it from this particular vantage point, it can be knowing that I let myself remain present…… View Post

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Getting Laid Off From My Job Led To …

Getting Laid Off From My Job Led To My Biggest Transformation Yet

I just spent the better half of a decade building a career I no longer want. I also just got laid off from the job that robbed me of my remaining passion and creativity. In some ways, this is the most liberating period of my life. But it’s also downright terrifying.… View Post

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Mixtape: The Melody Of The One Who Left

Mixtape: The Melody Of The One Who Left

Walking down my New York City neighborhood street, I inhale the crisp fall air as deeply as I can and slowly let it go. Every touch of anxiety leaves my body as confidence and intention fill the void. God, it feels good to be home again.… View Post

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Remembering Dr. Carmela Foderaro de Rivas

Remembering Dr. Carmela Foderaro de Rivas

While her obituary can be found in Philadelphia newspapers, I want to take a moment to share the more personal words my mother, my brother and I shared about her during her memorial service on Friday, Oct. 14. It took three of us to do her story justice, and once you read about the amazing life she lived, you’ll understand why.… View Post

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Meditation, Mental Health And More

Meditation, Mental Health And More

Happy July! Here are five of my favorite bylines from HuffPost this month. Hope you enjoy! One Comedian Turned To The Stage To Find Relief From Depression The Best Form Of Cardio Just Keeps Getting… View Post

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All The Exercise GIFs (And More)

All The Exercise GIFs (And More)

Happy June! Here are five of my favorite bylines from HuffPost this month. Hope you enjoy! Sleep Could Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s And Memory Loss, According To New Study The Only 20-Minute Outdoor Workout You’ll… View Post

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