Tag Archives: compassion
Posted on July 26th, 2014 by in Yoga

Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether—and Yoga

By Julie Balter I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take much for me to feel out of balance. Sure, I have a regular yoga practice (most of the time). Yes, I eat healthy, breath mindfully, and meditate deeply (some of the time). Over the years, I’ve also experimented with Ayurveda, acupuncture, and daily […]

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Posted on March 27th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Why Being Mean Doesn’t Work

Have you ever had success making sustainable changes in your life by being mean to yourself? Have you ever bullied yourself into change? Has white-knuckling it or an attitude of deprivation ever served you well? Let me guess your answer: Of course not. You might have been able to modify behavior for a time through […]

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Posted on January 27th, 2014 by in Life Lessons

Kindness is a Strength

Back when I was single, I created a few personal profiles for online dating sites. When asked to name my religion, I wrote “Kindness.” While it sounded kind of flirty, it’s also what I truly believe in and try to practice. Kindness touches the soul, transcends language, and connects people on a primal level. Growing […]

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Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by in Yoga

Your Yoga Story

What is a “yoga story,” and how can it enhance our experience of the postures? Iyengar Yoga teacher Kofi Busia answered that question for me when I interviewed him recently for a Kripalu Perspectives podcast. Kofi explained that a yoga story is simply our life story combined with awareness. To help me understand how a […]

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Posted on October 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Right Livelihood and Vampires

I am a certified yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist, I’ve been meditating for 25 years, and I have countless new-agey weekend degrees. Still, somehow, five years ago, I found myself working not in a spa or ashram, not teaching yoga or giving massages, but writing vocabulary workbooks for the SAT test. These were […]

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