Relationships

In these reflections on connections, teachers and students share ways to deepen and explore personal connections, from family and friends to sexual relationships.

Meeting Desire on the Spiritual Path

by Angela Wilson There’s a word I want to bring back to my spiritual vocabulary: desire. Recently, I was asked to take on a new project, which offered an opportunity to serve as lead teacher. I was thrilled—or horrified. I hadn’t shifted through my internal sensations yet when my boss asked me, “Do you want […]

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Posted on June 1st, 2015 by in Relationships, Yoga

Yoga to Strengthen the Mother-Daughter Bond

When I think of my mother in the years before multiple sclerosis confined her to a wheelchair, one image always comes to mind. It’s a memory of her, as a beautiful 40-something, standing outside her New York City hotel. She’s waving good-bye to me with tears in her eyes and I’m waving back with tears […]

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Posted on February 11th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

Deepening Intimacy and Connection with Tantra

by Prana Regina Barrett There is a cultural longing for more connection and intimacy in relationships. There is also a call for sacred and spiritual connections. People of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations are feeling the need for a place to connect with their body, mind, and spirit in community. Tantra offers ways to […]

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Posted on January 7th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

The Power of Sisterhood

by Renée Peterson Trudeau I once spoke at a girls’ empowerment conference, to a group of 300 10- to 13-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a group of four 12-year-olds talking about their day. One of them was really on fire after learning about civil engineering, and she was inspired […]

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Posted on December 4th, 2014 by in Relationships

Optimal Love

by Tal Ben-Shahar The course of true love never did run smooth. —William Shakespeare My favorite song is Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” with Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love” a close second. Of my top 10 all-time favorites, eight are love songs (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You […]

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Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by in Relationships

How to Reconnect in Your Relationship

by Sarajean Rudman At the beginning of a relationship, you’re often in a whirlwind of excitement and joy. You might spend the first few months of courting in a state of blind bliss—smiling at strangers for no reason, getting lost in daydreams, and herding the army of butterflies that have taken up residence in your […]

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Posted on September 13th, 2014 by in Relationships

Relationships as Spiritual Practice

Not long ago, a student asked me, “What do you think has been the most healing experience of your yoga practice?” The question gave me pause. My mind started scrolling through a list of my favorite practices. Was it nadi shodhana? Asana? Meditation? My experience of Ayurveda? Slightly stumped, I replied that it was probably […]

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Posted on June 26th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

Empowering Girls on the Heroic Journey of Adolescence

By Meg Agnew, SuEllen Hamkins, and Cindy L. Parrish It’s an observable phenomenon for girls in our current society to have strong “voices”—until the age of 11 or 12. Author Carol Gilligan and other social scientists have noted that, at this point in her life, a girl who previously was sure of herself, eager to […]

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