The Yoga Life

Summer Practice: A Note from the Yoga Director

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Summer Practice: A Note from the Yoga Director

Summer. If you are like me, the next 4 months are why you live in Madison. There are cook-outs, bikes to ride, street festivals, music on the Terrace… and that is just the stuff in town. Summer is also full of weddings, camping trips, and vacations. The sun is warm and the schedule is full. Like, really full. Cass Hanson So, when are we supposed to be practicing yoga? That is the magic question. In Winter and Spring, there is less need to schedule your practice because we crave the warmth of the space, the opening of the body, and the...

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Down Dog Checklist

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Down Dog Checklist

5 Tweaks to a Better Down Dog      Like many yoga poses, down dog can either feel like heaven or hell. Unlike many yoga poses, down dog is often taken many, many times throughout a class. Thus a better dog goes a long way toward a more enjoyable practice. Done right, it feels amazing in the body and sets a solid foundation for more advanced poses like dolphin, handstand, and forearm stand. So how do you get your down dog to feel more like ‘home’ or ‘rest’ as many teachers like to refer to it (to the great...

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Weight. Why language matters.

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Blog, News, X Not Media | Comments Off

I have been asked, why the name Yoga for Weight Loss? My answer is, because that is what it is.  Why not call it Yoga for Wellness? Because this program is specifically designed for those who want and need to lose weight. Wellness, of course, is also a result. Why are we afraid to call it like it is? It is our very inability to call things like we see them, for what they are, our inability to speak directly, to use plain speak that interferes with our ability to address issues with impact. And I think that we in the yoga community are...

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If the bell rings, why should we run?

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Blog, X Not Media | Comments Off

If the bell rings, why should we run?

“If the bell rings, why should we run?” ~Henry David Thoreau   Henry David Thoreau asked that question 165 years ago and we’d be served by asking it today. If the phone rings, the text chimes, the email chirps and FB buzzes…why should we run? Keep asking yourself that. Why should we run? Why should we feel a relentless sense of urgency to respond? Why should our stress level climb with each new message? Turning off our devices is an option and a good one. But many of us either don’t do this or feel anxiety...

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Secondhand Lives

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

Secondhand Lives

Several students asked for a summary of Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau ‘s  message during last Sunday’s Meditation/Restore class.  From Sunday, January 6th: Secondhand lives. We have a visceral response to this phrase. It implies someone without original thought. Someone who doesn’t live for himself. Someone who lives according to someone else’s dreams, expectations, manipulations or well-meaning advice. A person who is more concerned with custom, society, opinion and fashion than the immense and unique fire inside.  When we’re awake...

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Nature heals. Wendell Berry says it best…

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

Nature heals. Wendell Berry says it best…

Following is the passage Kathleen shared in last Sunday evening’s 6pm Flow class: “When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things… I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” ~Wendell Berry   A little nudge to bundle up and keep heading outside. Nature is the antidote to the stress that squeezes...

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Cringe worthy passage

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Blog, X Not Media | Comments Off

Cringe worthy passage

I shared the following passage from Autobiography of a Yogi (written in 1946) in last week’s class because it make me cringe when I read it. I leaned into the words then sat up a little straighter. “I ran into an old acquaintance—one of those long winded fellows whose conversational powers ignore time and embrace eternity.” Ouch. Is this me? Is it you? We’re good at talking and serving up mindless chatter to others and to ourself (even the drone of our internal monologue rarely stops.) We bore and exhaust our audience...

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Justin Rivas at The Studio

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

Justin Rivas at The Studio

Instructor Justin Rivas. Photographed by C&N...

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Eagles. Chickens. Programming hell.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Blog, X Not Media | Comments Off

Eagles. Chickens. Programming hell.

Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau here. The following is a reading I shared in my classes on Thursday, February 9th. It’s excerpted from one of my favorite books,  Awareness, by Anthony DeMello—a controversial, blunt-speaking Jesuit priest and author who died unexpectedly in 1987. One of our members, Peter Duff, turned me on to DeMello’s writing and I will be forever grateful. Thank you, Peter. A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them....

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“It’s the little details that are vital.” – John Wooden

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

“It’s the little details that are vital.” – John Wooden

Sometimes, it’s the little details that make all the difference. Like the tin recipe box in the sitting area of The Studio that holds student immersion cards. Details add depth. Create authenticity. Nurture the rich pulp of a bigger whole. But the recipe box is just one of many objects at The Studio that boast a rich history. Some objects are easily overlooked, like the three Habitat ReStore doors that create impromptu dressing rooms. Or the bookshelf that was purchased at a Mt. Horeb antique store and now holds juicy texts that are very...

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