I began practicing yoga at home as an undergraduate in college; I had heard that it benefits both the body and mind, even calming an anxious mind. I remember feeling anxious while writing in my master's degree program and stepping away to practice yoga; afterward, I felt calmer and I could then write effectively. My first live yoga teacher was Peach Friedman, who was then teaching at Gold's Gym - now Max Fitness - in Auburn. Eventually, I followed Peach to her newly opened studio, Yogafly Studio. A highlight of my time with Yogafly was attending an embodied writing retreat led by Peach; that experience continues to influence my writing practice.Read More
I’m currently re-reading the Bhagavad Gita with my teacher trainees, and have been absorbed this week with Krishna’s words of wisdom, particularly the notion that our Self does not die, even though it may change skins. When Krishna explains this to Arjuna at the beginning of the book, he is speaking about a literal death and rebirth. As I reflect on it in my own life, though, I’m reminded of the many symbolic deaths and rebirths I’ve experienced through the 37 years I’ve been alive as Peach Friedman on this planet.Read More
We are always on the cusp of change. There is never an 'arrival' that leaves us in a permanent stasis of 'ending up.' For me, this truth provides deep relief.
Yoga doesn't cure the human condition of suffering, but it can help us understand it.Read More
Teaching becomes part of your yoga practice, but your dedicated practice does not guarantee you will be a good teacher!
I think periodically about the adage "Those who can, do, and those who can't, teach," and how it applies, or doesn't, to yoga. To have a yoga career, you will have to teach. But nobody can teach yoga well without also 'doing,' as our own practice informs our teaching so muchRead More