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Identification of Self: Sans Ego

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Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? If only it were that easy. The ego is something we encounter often in our yoga practice. My crow pose needs work. His chaturanga is stronger than mine. Inversions are not for me. The ego invites difference, comparison, and competition—in short, the opposite of yoga, which represents wholeness, unity, and integration. I will never forget my first Kundalini yoga class, in which the teacher asked us to hold our arms out straight at our sides while chanting a mantra for ten minutes. I have never felt so weak or given anyone the hairy eyeball for so long.Continue Reading

Carolyn Pereria: Lila Student Highlight

1. How did you find your way to yoga? Yoga was always a part of my life from a young age thanks to my mom who practiced. She would walk me through savasana as a child at bedtime to help relax me or taught me to breathe when upset. It wasn’t until college, however, thatContinue Reading

Mark Fruehauf: Teacher Feature

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I found my way to yoga by a combination of looking for a low stress type of exercise and discovering in the process a powerful support for meditation practice.   It was fortunate that my first teacher offered a daily class that included a 15 minuteContinue Reading

Santosha in the New Year

Well, it’s 8° outside right now, so I guess winter has officially descended. Now is the time when many of us wonder why we live in Maine, as we wrap ourselves in layered clothing and prepare to do battle with the cold. But what if it’s this fight against winter that makes it so difficultContinue Reading

Tisha Bremner: Teacher Feature

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I discovered yoga when I was 17 through a friend in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga.  I learned the philosophical teachings through an Indian guru, practiced Bhajans, meditation, self-study, and asana (or the poses) were a small part of the practice for me.  In many ways,Continue Reading

Todd Glacy: Lila Student Highlight

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I began practicing yoga 20 years ago as a form of exercise. I started out with a couple of videotapes, and then began attending various yoga classes throughout the Boston area. I found I really enjoyed and connected with the non-competitive, meditative, and ultimately spiritual aspectsContinue Reading

The Season of Giving and the Importance of Self-Care

My yoga teacher in Austin was one of the most generous, loving women I’ve ever known, so when she sat in front of class one day and confessed to us how selfish she is, we all laughed. She told us if she cut up an avocado for her family’s dinner, she always gave herself theContinue Reading

Ashok Nalamalapu: Student Highlight

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I lost my voice for a year in 2000. During that time, I took yoga (Asana) classes. Yoga relaxed my neck muscles. With couple of surgeries on my vocal folds and yoga practice, I regained my voice gradually. Now I am able to sing in concertsContinue Reading

Elizabeth Brazier: Teacher Feature

How did you find your way to yoga? I grew up as a swimmer, so I have been working with my breath for a long time.  After college, I volunteered in Costa Rica for a year and taught English.  I started meditating while living abroad.  I remember sitting mountainside counting my breaths. It was gorgeous. Continue Reading

Heather Altenberg: Teacher Feature

How did you find your way to yoga? I found my way to yoga through a friend who casually suggested going to a small studio in the center of Cape Elizabeth that no longer exists.  The teacher for that class became a co-worker of mine at Waynflete School, a dear friend, and my primary teacherContinue Reading