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True Confessions of a Yoga Teacher

Ow, My hamstrings are so tight? or Are they?

We all do it, feel the effects of repetitive movements and holding patterns, yet we almost always blame it on that one movement where the injury became obvious or often debilitating.  For Todays Athlete to function with precision and injury free, it is important that muscles are in balance with each other and that the bones are positioned as they should be.  An imbalance in muscle strength will cause a shift in the optimal positioning of the bones causing ineffective and eventually painful movements.

A practice of awareness is a practice in gratefulness, as well as gracefulness.

A friend recently shared a blog with me called Yoga Clichés that Must Die. ~ Maya Georg
She states
Below are a few of the most common clichés I have heard through the years…and why we mustnever, everbuy into them.
Listen to Your Body.
If I listened to my body I would smoke four packs of cigarettes a day, drink a fifth of vodka, and eat nothing but chocolate ice cream as I lay on my couch.
Our bodies are creatures of comfort and routine. While it is true that our body is one of the very few things in this world we have some control over, the reality is

we all come into a yoga class with a different story

Svadhyaya, is Self-education or education of the Self. This is the 4th Niyama.
I have said before that we all come into a yoga class with a different story.  What exactly does that mean.  It means that our body is essentially a biography of our life.  Every event, every trauma, every stuffed emotion resides somewhere in our physical body and may present itself as a stiff shoulder, a rounded back or a discomfort in the hip.
Yoga is a method of self healing, healing from the inside, but this can only be done thru self observation and self education.

I am a yoga teacher and it is time for me to come out of the closet.

I am a yoga teacher and I am coming out of the closet
 
In recent years, after taking on the often coveted role of yoga teacher and studio owner,  I find it harder and harder to call my self a yoga teacher.  I am more of a guide who is sharing what I know to be true for me in my life and in my body…. Today.  But for the sake of ease, lets go ahead and call me a yoga teacher.
I don’t have a script, and I don’t believe there is only one way.  But I do believe if I am to responsibly take the seat of the teacher I must have a strong personal practice.

"The body does not lie."

This is a reprinted blog entry, please enjoy
Spring is a time for renewal, and all this lovely rain has had a cleansing effect on me at a very deep personal level.  Into my third week of no weight bearing on this broke ankle I have alot of time to think, manifest and be open to possibilities.  As I hobbled over to the sliding glass doors to close them, it was as if I were truly closing a door, a chapter if you wish, and there was such peace.  I am still not sure how this chapter ends and the next one begins, but I find myself open and ready to receive, and redirect if need be.

Am I really THAT yoga teacher??

I am a Yoga teacher.  I share my practice and teach what I know to be true today, recognizing as I grow as a teacher and a student of yoga that truth is going to change.  So now what?  After over two months of an illness that took me off of the mat, my physical practice is a mess.  This is not the first time an injury or an illness has pulled me off the mat.  The last time it was a broken ankle.  I rose above it, grieved the loss of my personal practice and started over learning so many lessons along the way.

Sometimes it is easier to make adjustments in our physical practice and observe the effects it has in our daily life.

Sometimes it is easier to make adjustments in our physical practice and observe the effects it has in our daily life.
Written several years ago when I was recovering
Like many of you, I was quite sure I had a strong foundation, the ground upon which I stood was solid. Until I fell.  Now as I hobble around on one foot and two crutches I am made aware of the many ways in which my foundation is in need of attention.  I am becoming increasingly aware of how important the heal of my foot is.

Symptoms and imbalances are the language of the body, and it is important that we listen to the message.

Written several years ago when I was healing from a broken ankle

First Chakra work has been heavy in my practice as I not only have a new awareness of my physical foundation but I am having to reconnect with the foundation of my yoga practice.  I have a new awareness of the  importance of the ankle as my foundation, not just in my standing poses, but in so many other asanas.All of the asanas that require us to be on our knees rely heavily on our ankles, to be open to ground down thru the front of the foot to take pressure off of the knees.

Should Christians practice Yoga?

This is a question I  am often asked, and can even directly relate to as I was once uncertain of the relationship between Yoga and Christianity.   I refrain from associating my teaching with any doctrine as I believe what makes a practice Christian or Jewish or Hindu, is not its source, but its intent.  Christians are free to set their intention to deepen their awareness in Christ, thus making it a Christian practice.
 Yoga does not ask you to change your belief system, but to explore your thoughts and relate them to the state of your physical body.

What is so beautiful about this peace, the calm that I feel within this perfect setting is it always there, always available.

This is a Blog I wrote over two years ago while healing from my accident that with the help of a very special woman, changed my practice. Today that woman is fighting breast cancer and in honor of her I submit this for you today.  Thank you Karen, you are an angel.

Gratefulness, as I sit here in my beautiful home looking out thru the open windows at the lushness that surrounds me.  I must say I have enjoyed the peacefulness of my home, the warmth, the quiet, the breeze and solitude.  I plan on enjoying this more after I am healed and when it can be my choice to sit and be, but in the mean while I am enjoying it thru the physical discomfort.

At some point we are all going to reach a point in an asana where we are just not able to go any further

At some point we are all going to reach a point in an asana where we are just not able to go any further.

Tapas, the niyama of discipline.  Tapas also means fire, a burning desire or drive aimed at quiting a bad habit or creating a new way of being.  How many times have you found your self looking back over the last few days, weeks, months or maybe years and you have not been to a yoga class.  What happened?  When you first found yoga you were there everyday, sometimes twice a day.

This is the practice of yoga, it all begins with you.

What is the practice of yoga?   It is many things for many people, but for me it has given the gift of mindfulness, of awareness.  Of a greater sense of gratitude as well as consciously being in my body.
Forgetfulness, It is not just a mental issue; it can also show up in the body.  No one is immune to the habitual state of forgetfulness, CRS (cant remember shit) as I often call it.  We are told we can keep our minds alert thru mental exercises, so why not the body.  As this forgetfulness or lack of awareness shows up in the physical body we lose awareness of sensation in certain muscles and or muscles groups in the body.

Reflections on our Reflections

Reflections on our Reflections
We all have the ability to Sense energy, but many of us lack the awareness of self, and it is thru this self awareness that we can tap into our innate ability to accurately sense energy. 
For just a moment, listen to the sounds around you, both inside the room and outside.  Don’t try to identify it just sense it.  What about fragrances, do you smell anything?  Touch, can you feel the clothes resting on your skin, your hair on your neck or face, maybe a gentle breeze made by your breath.

OW! My hamstrings

One of the complaints I hear repeatedly is  “Wow, my hamstrings are tight.”  But are they really?  Could it be that they are just not as strong as your quads and are having to work overtime to compete with the growing strength and tightness of your quads.  How many exercises do you do to strengthen your quads?  I am sure there a quite a few.  How often do you find yourself performing these exercises?
Now, name all the different ways you strengthen your hamstrings.  Not as many and I would guess you probably do them, o, hardly .

On Forward folds

When talking about forward folds, It is important first that you have a basic understanding of the differences of Flexion and Extension.  Flexion is actually a decrease in the joints angle and is used in reference to the forward and backward  direction of the body.  My goal is not to get to anatomical on you, but to give you a better understanding of the function of the asana as well as the Asana in action. 

Let’s Begin with a Forward Fold.  Probably one of the most overused, and misunderstood Asana.

It is time to Shift and Revise

Pain and suffering, it is everywhere, but so is joy.  It is our true authentic self. Do you ever wonder how to rise above and become unaffected by the pain and suffering of others. Does this mean we must lose sight of compassion?
How can one not be affected and react to the negative energy while maintaining and staying in a space of peace? 

 
It can be difficult to rise above it, not react, and stay in a place of joy, of love and acceptance.  Avoidance of people, places and things is not always possible.

Registered My Assana

Registered my Assana!
 
 
O The importance  put on a piece of paper.  It becomes the end of the journey for some.  The summit, the pinnacle, and unfortunately THE END.  I see to often as the owner of a yoga studio and a yoga mentorship/studentship program.  It is because of what I see and hear in the yoga community that I see no value in the Yoga Alliance.  I have not always felt that way, even encouraged my teachers to join, I mistakenly believed it would
·      Make them better teachers

Plantar flexion and tight hamstrings

Patience with self.  How many times I use this as an intention in my classes, how very seldom I am finding I practice it outside of the class.  I accepted from the onset of my injury that it was going to be a practice of patience and acceptance.  I just did not know it was going to take so long!  LOL  The simplest of tasks took so much more energy as I hobble around balanced on one leg.  The right side of my body  having to do twice as much work not to mention these arms of mine were getting a daily work out.

You have the ability and the power to touch the lives of everyone who you come into contact with and with everyone each of those people come into contact with

You have the ability and the power to touch the lives of everyone who you come into contact with and with everyone each of those people come into contact with. Think of the possibilities. The second of the 8 limbs of yoga are the five internal practices of Niyama (observance). Niyama can be described as the rules that need to be observed by individuals, on a more personal level. 
  1. Sauhca
  2. Samtosa
  3. Tapas
  4. Svadhyaya
  5. Isvarapranidhana 

 So lets begin with Saucha, the first of the Niyamas, it literally means

The most important aspect of letting go is to notice. Notice where you feel it in your physical body, and notice how good it feels when you just let go!

The most important aspect of letting go is to notice. Notice where you feel it in your physical body, and notice how good it feels when you just let go!
Apiragraha, the fifth of the Yamas means not grasping, but for the sake of simplicity lets just say the art and act of letting go.  Easier said then actually practiced.  I remember the very first time I felt this peace that comes from a practice of letting go.  It was in the early days of my yoga practice and I was in a Nia class.

I wonder who came up with these ideal forms anyway?

I wonder who came up with these ideal forms anyway?
Brahmacharya is the fourth of the Yamas, and one that does not come with out a bit of misunderstanding and mystery.  Lets look at this as our life force, prana, energy, chi.  How many times I find myself busy busy busy, yet feel as thou I mindlessly spinned my wheels and accomplished nothing. I flit from this task to that task, from here to there and by the end of the day I am so exhausted yet feel like I have nothing to show for it.

Today set an intention of faith. Faith as we trust the limits as well as the abilities of our bodies.

Today set an intention of faith. Faith as we trust the limits as well as the abilities of our bodies.
Today I am looking at Asteya, the third of the Yamas.  Not stealing or grasping.  How might one be able to apply this to a yoga practice?  One steals due to a sense of lack.  Lack of not just wanted material possessions but lack of perceived ability.  A lack of believing we can create what we need. Lack of Self worth.  I know this one well and like many have struggled with it off and on my whole life.

It is easy to get ourself hung up on expectations, and it is these expectations that cloud our view of the truth

It is easy to get ourself hung up on expectations, and it is these expectations that cloud our view of the truth
Satya is the second principle of Yama and means commitment to the truth.  Once again this principle brings with it a duality, it can be associated with your daily practice of life on or off the mat.  What you find to be truth today, may or may not be your truth tomorrow.  This can be a source of healing as you are then able to release expectations based on past experiences.

Karma and accountability

Karma and accountability
As yogi's we believe in Karma and that everyone is responsible for their own.  Which means we can also get away with allot because fellow yogi's typically will not call you out - or make you accountable. 
Case in point, a fellow yoga teacher on a recent trip was always on the look out for photo ops in which to promote herself.  The photos told a different story of her journey, as did her later interpreted use of them on the web.  Several of us who traveled on the same trip were shocked and found it rather comical, yet none of us said anything.

Quad dominance

 I can not emphasize enough the importance of balanced strength in Today’s Athlete.  Squats are great and have there purpose but do you really think you can continue to strengthen the front of the legs and continue to ignore the back of the legs with out consequences?
This post will show up in both the Quads and the hamstrings as it relates to both.
If your hamstrings are weaker then your quads a few things could happen
  1. 1.Your hamstrings can tear from the overpowering load of a contracted quad as you extend your leg back from your hip.

The first Chakra is our need, and desire to survive, Our right to be here!.

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Muladara, also known as the root Chakra, reflects the foundation from which we can build upon, in our practice and in our lives.  One thing that I am leery of is connecting the Chakras to stages of development. If we are intent on healing ourself, then pointing fingers at our upbringing seems to relinquish our responsibility to self.

It is the thoughts, the perceptions that cloud and block our true authentic self.

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. 
Alan Alda

It is our thoughts, and perceptions that cloud and block our true authentic self.

As an artist, when I truly connect, become one with my work, be it drawing, painting or quilting, I can find this oneness this true connection where I see things so differently. Running is now the place I go where i feel one, connected with everything around me.  It is such a yummy place to go, and easy to get lost there.

The origin of the word hamstring come from the word hamstrung which means to have been held back.

(this post was written over a year ago when I was healing a broken ankle.  I am currently transferring my blog from one site to another and as I reread what i wrote and share them again, I am being reminded of the beautiful lessons that can come when we are open)
PatiencePatience with self.  How many times I use this as an intention in my classes, how very seldom I am finding I practice it outside of the class.   I accepted from the onset of my injury that this was going to be a practice of patience and acceptance.

It is easy to get ourself hung up on expectations, and it is these expectations that cloud our view of the truth

It is easy to get ourself hung up on expectations, and it is these expectations that cloud our view of the truth
Satya is the second of Yama's and means commitment to the truth.  Once again this principle brings with it a duality.  It can be associated with both your daily practice of life on or off the mat.  What you find to be your truth today, may or may not be your truth tomorrow.  This can be a source of healing as you are then able to release expectations based on past experiences.

A practice grounded in strict form only feeds the inadequacy you may feel in your physical body and in your ability.


A practice grounded in strict form only feeds the inadequacy you may feel in your physical body and in your ability.
Samtosha means contentment, accepting the truth 'as it is".  Not to be confused with happiness or complacency. The is the ability to accept your circumstances and learn how to discern that which we can change and that which we cannot.  Building upon our circumstances to become a better you.

I am learned this in quite a unique way  when I broken my ankle this time last year.

Mastery


"Those who can, do.  Those who can't, teach."As I am exploring the wonders of mastery, I am seeing this quote in a whole new context.  For me the asanas of yoga have never come easy, and I am always exploring new ways to bring about ease and agility which then allows me the ability to share.  It has been in my lack of natural ability, my practice of exploring and being open that enable me to teach what I know. I am an artist, a skill I am not currently practicing, yet I can remember people asking me why I did not give lesson.

Slow down and reclaim your body

Today I want to invite you to be honest with yourself both on the mat and off.  Be honest about what works for you and what does not work for you.  Choose a life, a practice, that is meaningful, not just familiar or popular or what your neighbor is doing.  I encourage you to Slow down, reenter and reclaim the space that is your body.  Remember, the body does not lie.  It is the mind that lies to not just ourselves but to each other, Wake up to the truth that is our potential.

Compassion for where you are today, Do not let the memory or ideal of an asana be your guide, rather respect and have compassion for your body today.

Compassion for where you are today, Do not let the memory or ideal of an asana be your guide, rather respect and have compassion for your body today.
The Yamas, the foundation of your yoga practice and the first of the 8 limbs of yoga. There are 5.
  1. Ahimsa
  2. Satya 
  3. Asteya
  4. Brahmacharya
  5. Apiragraha
They are also referred to as the ethical disciplines in the performance of asana, according to Iyengar in his book the tree of yoga.  He likens the Yamas to the roots of a tree, and from here the rest of the practice will flourish and grow.

A physical practice is just a physical practice unless

A physical practice is just a physical practice unless you bring into it the other elements.

"Many of you say that performing an asana is a physical discipline, but if you speak in this way without knowing the depth of asana, you have already fallen from the grace of yoga."  BKS Iyengar
Wow how I love this man!  I traveled to India this past fall and I had hoped to say I studied Yoga in India.  I took some classes,


  I stayed in an Ashram along the Ganga for a week, (bathing in a bucket I might add) Participated in some amazing spiritual rituals, journeys and tours, but I was really surprised at how little yoga I found.

You may also find the achievements and progression decrease as you learn to just be in the asana and it is here, as the effort decreases that you find the joy.

When speaking of balance, their are many factors to take into consideration.  You first must have an awareness of gravity, as well as a sense of the direction of movement.  This awareness must be maintained thru out each and every action.  It is here that you will find and maintain your center of gravity.  If you overstretch in one direction your center of gravity changes and you must balance your direction of movement to maintain your center of gravity.

Why then do some instructors feel the need to control? Why would anyone feel the need to be in such a class? Lack of knowledge, awareness, understanding of what yoga is.


Touch!  Such a treat in a yoga practice, to receive the gentle confident, guiding touch of a teacher.  I call thisThe Art of Compassionate Touchwhen working with teachers. The confident guided touch of a yoga instructor has more then just a temporary effect in the practitioners body.  It is often associated with what I like to call an  Aha moment.  I am then able to really process and understand what is taking place in my body while in the asana with a deeper awareness.

You may also find the achievements and progression decrease as you learn to just be in the asana and it is here, as the effort decreases that you find the joy.


You may also find the achievements and progression decrease as you learn to just be in the asana and it is here, as the effort decreases that you find the joy.

 When speaking of balance, their are many factors to take into consideration.  You first must have an awareness of gravity, as well as a sense of the direction of movement.  This awareness must be maintained thru out each and every action.  It is here that you will find and maintain your center of gravity.

Why then do some instructors feel the need to control? Why would anyone feel the need to be in such a class? Lack of knowledge, awareness, understanding of what yoga is.


Touch!  Such a treat in a yoga practice, to receive the gentle confident, guiding touch of a teacher.  I call thisThe Art of Compassionate Touchwhen working with teachers. The confident guided touch of a yoga instructor has more then just a temporary effect in the practitioners body.  It is often associated with what I like to call an  Aha moment.  I am then able to really process and understand what is taking place in my body while in the asana with a deeper awareness.

It is so important to remain whole body aware.

It is so important to remain whole body aware.
Balance!  Want to bring awareness to your balance or lack there of, break an ankle.  I have never been so aware of my balance and the importance of it till this adventure with my ankle.  I am ever so grateful for my strong balancing practice and the fruits of that are revealing them self to me daily.  Currently balancing for me is the physical aspect of maintaining my balance on one foot, sitting, standing, extending.

Injury from yoga is not from the practice of yoga, it comes from being impatient as a student

How do you choose what style of yoga is best for you?  First of all it is important to look at the intention, both yours and the teachers.  The intention of any true yoga practice is one of growth, removing obstacles that prevent growth in your spiritual and personal life, be it a physical, an emotional, intellectual or spiritual obstacle.
The ego and pride, intellectual obstacles, and aversion and desire, emotional obstacles,are surprisingly the intention of a lot of the different types of yoga.

Breathing through the pain

On a recent adventure I had what one might call a misadventure.  It is easy to get hooked up into labeling it as such and I find myself struggling more and more as each day passes to make lemonade out of the lemons. 
I slipped on the boat deck and broke my ankle after a most amazing dive in the Bahamas.  Initially the pain was over the top, but having practice yoga with a strong emphasis on pranayama I was able to  practice a technique for pain control that I had until then, only read about.

Training videos on judging Asana's?


 I recently saw a link to a training video for asana judges. Really?  USAYoga.org  has a series of videos showing the criteria judges use to judge asana competitions.  Don't believe me, check it out, it is quite entertaining. What is next, are we going to see yoga in the Olympics?     I received an email today from a woman wanting to begin a yoga practice but was concerned about her weight and inability to do yoga.  No wonder she is concerned that yoga is not for her. What type of yoga do you teach? I always respond with Yoga.  If you are looking for a name brand  kind of yoga then you more then likely do not want to practice with me.  My yoga practice and teaching is forever evolving and hopefully so too are my students and teachers. do not offer different levels of classes but rather teach mixed level classes.  We offer a beginner class simply to get people in the door and offer them guidance on which class would be the best place for them to start. We offer Heated on non-heated, but beyond that we direct you more to the personality the classes have taken on. I like to classify my yogi's a bit differently.  A beginner is one who see the practice as physical, pushing and striving for the "ideal" form or shape, not listening to the wisdom of the body and always wanting to worker harder.  We have some people who have been practicing for several years who still fit in this category.An intermediate yogi is one who knows to listen to the wisdom of the body, modifies  and rest when they need to.  They may still be holding on to the concept of Yoga as a physical practice but are not striving for the ideal form, and beginning to see that yoga is more, but maybe not sure what that more is.An advanced yogi is one who gets it, that it is not simply a physical practice, but a lifestyle.  They begin to judge the depths of their practice by the level of ahimsa they practice, or are they more compassionate to themselves and others.  More patient.  Really living their yoga.Their are 8 limbs to yoga practice and tho I believe you can evolve by practicing only one limb of the 8, I question the validity of that being yoga.  Iyengar goes so far as to divide the 8 limbs into to 3 levels.The first level are the do's and don'ts, he is referring to the Yamas and the Niyamas.  The second level is the practice, the practice of the asanas (postures), pranayama (breath), and Pratyahara ((drawing the senses inward)The third level he calls the "wealth of yoga"  the fruits of our practice!  Dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (state of bliss).The next time you are tempted to judge your practice by the ability or lack of, remember the asana's are but a small part of yoga and look at where that attitude comes from.  Do you or your teacher expect perfection and alignment, or encourage compassion and freedom.  A real yoga guide will encourage you to find your way into the asana's, to listen to the wisdom of your body, not push what works for them onto you.Maybe it is time to reevaluate your practice and ask yourself "Why am I practicing Yoga?"Are the terms I have used unfamiliar to you?  Begin to educate yourself, read books, search the internet or take an in-depth yoga study to really get into the heart and soul of your practice. Indepthyogastudy.com is a great place to start if you are in the area.  See You on the mat!

Know your limitations and then build upon them to create a strong foundation.

 This is good sound wisdom for anyone, not just for the yogi.  As a yoga teacher I remind my students over and over to leave the ego at the door.  As I visit different studios I am beginning to realize how difficult this can be for me.  I know my limitations better than anyone, yet why do I often insist on pushing beyond the scope of my ROM?  Because I am a Yoga Teacher?!I think I need to not tell them I am a yoga teacher when I first go into a class.  I try my best to go into each class an empty vessel, as a beginner.

addressing fear in your asana practice

 Today our ship had to make a stop for an emergency transport of a passenger via the US Coast Guard.  Did you know that there is an average of 5 deaths per cruise?  Wow.  However not too surprising as the median age on this ship is well over 55.  The helicopter pad is right outside of our window and of course we were there to capture the moment, and felt very grateful that it was not one of us!Yesterday we took a yoga class on the ship.  The class prior was packed, but for the yoga there were less than 10 of us.

give yourself permission to really explore and get to know what is going on in your body.

In order to experience truth it is important to give up expectations and accept what is.  It is only when we give up our expectation are we then able to hear and find an alternative that may be better suited and closer to our truth.In many practices the rules are clear and precise, and for many it is easier to know what is next, what is expected.  I prefer to practice with a sense of wonder, not knowing what is next or proper or right as I find it changes from day to day.  If yoga is a practice of freedom, why then do we tie ourselves down to one teaching, why not truly practice what we teach and free ourselves from strict rules of alignment and order and scripting.

Yoga should be shared and practice for the sake of sharing and practicing.


Yoga should be shared and practice for the sake of sharing and practicing. 
Really enjoyed my time tonight.  The space is very upscale and posh, yet the teachers are very genuine, fine teachers.  Once again I reconnected with a teacher from my lineage.  It is so familiar yet different.  That to me shows the growth of a yoga practitioner and educator.  Not to mention having such an amazing teacher who instilled the ideal to take what works for us and if it is then authentic to us teach it, if not then don’t.

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are

Perception is a funny thing. I am often taken by surprise at others perceptions of me.  Both the good and the bad.  I recognize now that perception is also a mirror, and having this understanding can be as much a blessing as it is a curse.  I recently had a bio written for me, thru the eyes of a young woman whom I greatly admire.  I read this bio and thought, wow this is someone I want to be, strive to be yet do not see myself as such.  Yet it is me as she sees me and I am learning how many see me.

Is Yoga Alliance Realy our only option? Absolutely not!!

Is Yoga Alliance Realy our only option? Absolutely not!!
Wow!  What an amazing journey life can be if you stay open to the possibilities.  Not sure what to do about my affiliation with the Yoga Alliance, I decide to see if there are other options.  I have spoke to many teachers in the community about YA and we all seem to have the same concerns.  So I went looking for a solution to the problem.  I am involved with the Texas Yoga Association and as I spoke to the founder about looking for options did not realize that this was part of her Agenda.

Karma and Accountability

Karma and accountability
As yogi's we believe in Karma and that everyone is responsible for their own.  Which means we can also get away with allot because fellow yogi's typically will not call you out - or make you accountable. 
6a0131100416d0970c01347f99c9e8970cCase in point, a fellow yoga teacher on a recent trip was always on the look out for photo ops in which to promote herself.  The photos told a different story of her journey, as did her later interpreted use of them on the web.  Several of us who traveled on the same trip were shocked and found it rather comical, yet none of us said anything.
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