The creation of our Advanced Teacher Training

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The creation of our Advanced Teacher Training

One of the questions that came up in our our last Advanced TT Info Session was "Why did you decide to start offering an Advanced Teacher Training?" I started by responding that it was the same reasons we created our 250 hour training; we saw an interest in going deeper into yoga, to know more about the philosophy, anatomy, meditation, etc., more than we could fit into a regular class on the schedule. Our workshops were very popular, but people wanted to go deeper, and we have a staff full of knowledge in many different aspects of yoga. Our teachers have grown and benefitted from the knowledge they have acquired, and they are eager to pass it on, to help others, so we created our first teacher training. […]

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A Retreat to the Land of Dreams

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A Retreat to the Land of Dreams

The most common thing I’ve heard from retreaters since we’ve been back is: “It was so quiet when I returned home.” To be clear, we aren’t referring to how loud we were as a group, but rather the rhythmic jungle sounds that lulled us to sleep every single night from the day we arrived. There was something magical about Tierra de Sueños that Saturday night. The environment was calm and peaceful and when Ana, Tierra’s front desk assistant, guided us individually through the lush jungle towards our rooms, I knew that yes, in fact, we were in a land of dreams. […]

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Yoga and Yoko Ono

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Yoga and Yoko Ono

Everyday I am grateful for the practice of yoga and the instruction I receive at Luna Yoga, where I have been a student for almost ten years now. As I began to learn more about the teachings of yoga, I couldn’t help but make associations with the artist Yoko Ono, whose work we are presenting in our upcoming exhibition. Yoga shows us how to focus on the breath as a way to come into the present moment, while making more space in the body for peace and love. While part of yoga is a physical practice, the wholeness of yoga engages with our spirit, which nurtures compassion and hope as we cultivate a union with our Divine Selves. From that union we may transcend from our attachment to the body and mind in order to be truly free. What I have found since exploring these beautiful tenets of yoga, is that they have so much in common with the ideas that come out in the art of Yoko Ono. […]

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Embrace  your inner entrepreneur!

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Embrace your inner entrepreneur!

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou

That Maya Angelou quote has been my guide over the past two decades of entrepreneurship. When I hosted the Tranquil Space team farewell party after selling the studio in 2017, I incorporated this quote into my speech and encouraged others to take this Tranquil Space mantra with them. It’s gold. […]

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Your brain on meditation

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Your brain on meditation

“Challenge accepted”

At age 19 I had already lived in Thailand for 2 years. During my first year of university I was paired with a wonderful roommate who introduced me to some Buddhist principles and had told me she’d gone to several meditation retreats including a 10-day silent meditation retreat in the province of Surat Thani. As it turned out, Suan Mokkh was one of the few that offered an English-speaking retreat. And so, as one odd 19 year-old I hopped on a train that following summer to Suan Mokkh. […]

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Coco Loco : A Place to Call Home

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Coco Loco : A Place to Call Home

When Frances first asked me to co-lead a retreat with her, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was excited at first but as we began to plan the retreat, it started to sink in that I’d never done this before. I had no idea what was expected of me and I, myself, had never attended a yoga retreat. Every single aspect about this experience was a first. From the planning, the promotions, the marketing, the teaching and the leading - it was all new. […]

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