Sacred Cow

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In India it’s not uncommon to share space with a cow. They wonder around unattended, poke their noses into shops and restaurants and lay down in the middle of the street. They pretty much do whatever they’d like and for the most part the people roll with it. They’re considered sacred to Hindus and Jains because they’re associated with the …

MY OWN MAN (Part 2)

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Something happened on the mat this morning that really threw me for a loop. I was in a posture and working to implement guidance I received just a few days ago from the incredible Michael Joel Hall when a thought popped to the forefront of my mind. It went something like this, “alright Cory! You are getting it exactly right …

MY OWN MAN (Part 1)

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“Loss itself is a time-honored gateway; it encourages a shift from anxiety and attachment to the pursuit of a new spiritual awareness.” —David Rome, “The Green Buddha” For the past few months I’ve stayed close to home because when I left I worried that this beloved creature — by my side for just shy of 18 years — would leave her …

What We’re Made Of…

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I have vague memories of this saying (from a nursery rhyme maybe?) from when I was little. It was something like “little boys are made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails and little girls are made of sugar, spice and everything nice”. I have no idea what a snip is, but it’s kinda fun to reflect on that …

The Essence of Asana

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We are engulfed by a turbulent and fast-paced culture wherein constant movement – sometimes mind, sometimes body, sometimes both – has become the norm. Most of us exist somewhere within and between where we’ve been and where we’re going, with seemingly very limited opportunity to just be. We’ve always got to be “doing” something. Modern yoga culture is often an …

Revelation

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In Ashtanga we often talk about the transformation that comes through practice. Transformation. What do we mean by that? I think the biggest meaning comes in the form of a shift in perspective — a change in the way we see the world. It can be a subtle as the thought patterns that come when we witness someone toss their …

I Believe

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Yesterday I added an “I believe survivors #stopkavanaugh” frame to my Facebook profile photo. This was not an action I took lightly. The word “believe” has long carried the highest of meanings within me. It takes me back to a time in my childhood — a time that persisted well into my teen age years — when I carried a …