The Shedding of Old Skin

The definition of ecdysis comes from a Greek word meaning to strip off, and refers to the process by which reptiles moult or shed their skin. To my ear, it sounds strikingly similar to exodus: ecdysis. Perhaps it is an exodus — the dead skin leaving the body? It takes a snake from several days... Continue Reading →

Yoga Week Five: Loving Kindness

According to the Metta Sutta, a Buddhist discourse, the brahma-viharas represent the most beautiful and hopeful aspects of humanity: loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. Mindfulness practices, like meditation and yoga, can help focus intention on each of these. In our fifth yoga class, we are introduced to the concept of loving kindness, or... Continue Reading →

Yoga Week Four: Still There is Joy

It is a morning of distractions. We arrive at class in 35-degree temperatures, a sure change from the 70s we enjoyed just a few days ago. To exacerbate the issue, the news stations are embellishing the impending snowstorm with dire predictions. The landscape workers are weeding and chopping and leaf-blowing and mowing — right outside... Continue Reading →

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