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Mind as Parent

By Michelle Azar

2 weeks ago

It is truly remarkable to me how much time our brains have to fool around. As I become more deeply immersed in watching my thoughts, the more astounded I am. It seems with all its power,... read on

  • When Bad Things Happen to Make People Better

    By Michelle Azar

    3 weeks ago

    We are, all of us, our stories. It’s what we do with them that make us who we are.

    This past week, I was privileged enough to make two new friends. Each of them told me their stories, stories that sounded like writings from the pages of Shakespeare or Chekov. These were the... read on

  • Body Scann

    By Michelle Azar

    January 21, 2015 | 11:50 am

    Week two of my MBSR class. the 8 week series created by Jon Kabot-Zin.  This revolutionary Mindful Based Stress Reduction program was created for the patients of University of Massachusetts Medical School to treat and investigate chronic pain. I am fortunate enough to have been... read on

  • The Yoga Cocoon

    By Michelle Azar

    January 9, 2015 | 11:55 am

    I remember having a semi breakdown in the final weeks of our yoga training program. I was sitting on my then frayed, purple mat, in the airy room that had become my home for those few lovely months in Venice. Sacred Movement, now EXHALE, hosted this certification program led by the... read on

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  • Leggo My Ego

    By Michelle Azar

    December 26, 2014 | 6:13 pm

    Recently I realized how much I like being right. In fact, I was so certain about my right-ness in a particular situation that I was stunned when a very trusted friend and advisor had an alternate take.

    And all at once, I remembered something I learned years ago when I first... read on

  • A little Boost

    By Michelle Azar

    December 8, 2014 | 6:12 pm

    Sometimes, a little encouragement from your teammates goes a long way. Even in the yoga room. I say even, because I know in our practices we are supposed to be deeply invested in our breath and not at all interested in the acrobatics suggested to us by our teachers.

    Yet, every... read on

  • A little Boost

    By Michelle Azar

    December 8, 2014 | 6:12 pm

    Sometimes, a little encouragement from your teammates goes a long way. Even in the yoga room. I say even, because I know in our practices we are supposed to be deeply invested in our breath and not at all interested in the acrobatics suggested to us by our teachers.

    Yet, every... read on

  • When life imitiates…. Life

    By Michelle Azar

    November 18, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    When I moved to Los Angeles some years ago, I kept myself in little compartments. I kept two sets of clothes in the car at all times-audition length and synagogue sized. Once I started practicing yoga, I added 2 more sets of clothes-yoga gear that I would trade out, often while I... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Michelle fell in love with the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, the system of Hatha Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, some 13 years ago while doing a play in San Francisco. Having...

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