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Designing a Yoga Class Around a Philosophical Theme

By Hari-kirtana | January 20, 2019

A Case Study in Yoga Class Design I smelled smoke. I felt heat. I couldn’t see a thing. My senses sent urgent messages to my mind, which quickly analyzed the data and delivered its conclusion: “You’re going the wrong way! Go the other way!” I ignored my mind and continued to walk through the pitch-black room, slowly but steadily moving […]

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The Yoga of Voting

By Hari-kirtana | November 5, 2018

I don’t know why I’m so surprised when I meet young people who have no interest in voting. After all, I didn’t vote the first few times I could have. Watching the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement play out on the nightly news inspired my youthful interest in politics. But by the time I graduated from high school […]

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Being Present Through Transitions

By Hari-kirtana | September 4, 2018

The ‘official’ summer season, as opposed to the calendric summer that still has a few weeks to go, has come to an end. Back to school, back to work, back to whatever we get back to when September arrives. September is a month of transitions. The Sanskrit word ‘sandhya’ describes a juncture between one time and another, such as the […]

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How to Help Students Let Go

By Hari-kirtana | August 5, 2018

I was speaking with a fellow yoga teacher last week about how to integrate philosophical themes into our classes. She mentioned that sometimes she’s not so interested in hearing any philosophy, that sometimes she takes a class with the intention of just letting go of stuff that’s been weighing her down. And when she takes a class to unload her […]

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The Real Meaning Behind Jefferson’s Self-evident Truths

By Hari-kirtana | July 4, 2018

During a recent visit with my in-laws down in Southern Virginia, we drove out to Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home. Built as a perfect, single-story octagon with four elongated octagons set around an almost-perfect cube, Jefferson designed this architectural and engineering masterpiece to be his getaway from the hubbub of public life. Every year on the Fourth of July, Americans […]

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Let The Sun Shine

By Hari-kirtana | June 15, 2018

Well, at least for the moment, the clouds have parted over the DC area, the rain has ceased, and sunlight is ricocheting through the trees, creating a million shades of green. The early sunrise and late sunset are one of the reasons I love the month of June. Grammar police? Not so fast: the sunrise and sunset are two things […]

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