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Desire/Non

By Michelle Azar

March 21, 2014 | 2:47 pm

I remember the first time I heard the Buddhist philosophy that suffering is caused by desire. It kinda blew my mind.

It is just so simple and specific, and true. If we did not want... read on

  • Summing it up

    By Michelle Azar

    March 10, 2014 | 11:31 am

    When there is a big life event, oh let’s say like a Bat Mitzvah, and you try to capture it in words, you will always fall short. After all, how do you truly describe gratitude? What words equal the effect a smile multiplied by hundreds of smiles can have? How can commonly used... read on

  • If you think it, it will come

    By Michelle Azar

    February 12, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Here’s the thing, life is weird.  My husband likes to say, PEOPLE are weird, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that it is LIFE that’s the weird thing.

    The other night, I was doing the dishes, again, and I realized, again, that I was on Day 5 of my latest headache. As a... read on

  • When it’s Time

    By Michelle Azar

    February 12, 2014 | 11:18 am

    You know a detox is in store when:

    Your one cup of coffee bleeds into 6. And you still feel sleepy.

    Your irritation level supersedes your enjoyment level.

    Your every event is tagged on to the next treat.

    Before the holidays, we spoke about doing a cleanse together. I know... read on

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  • Fear itself

    By Michelle Azar

    February 12, 2014 | 11:17 am

    I had never thought of myself as fearful person. Like, I’m not afraid of heights or snakes, I am comfortable in front of groups, and will walk through the streets of NYC at any hour of day or night. Not smart maybe, but not afraid either.

    As I get older, however,  I see that fear... read on

  • Fear itself

    By Michelle Azar

    December 11, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    I had never thought of myself as fearful person. Like, I’m not afraid of heights or snakes, I am comfortable in front of groups, and will walk through the streets of NYC at any hour of day or night. Not smart maybe, but not afraid either.

    As I get older, however,  I see that fear... read on

  • Gift Horse

    By Michelle Azar

    November 22, 2013 | 5:30 pm

    I get O Magazine.Yes, THE Oprah Magazine. I didn’t subscribe. I don’t know how I get it, who might have gifted me with this, but I have to admit, I like it. I get it, monthly, big and beautfiul in my mailbox. If there is a big ,beautiful check biling me montluy for it, that I don’t... read on

  • Re-engage the Calm

    By Michelle Azar

    November 11, 2013 | 3:17 pm

    From mistakes come greatness, or so I have heard it said. Well, I’m not sure my slip of the tongue led to greatness, but certainly a good giggle. And then food for thought…

    My 89-year-old private yoga student was just getting out of Sirsasana. Ok, head stand for those... 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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