PART ONE: ASK MY MOM TO JOIN THE SIERRA CLUB
My parents raised us kids as liberals. We marched on Washington. We read The Washington Post. We voted Democratic. They gave to organizations like the Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy. Read More
OFFER UNSOLICITED ADVICE: PRESENT CVS MANAGER WITH A LIST OF WAYS TO MAKE EAST HAMPTON STORE MORE USER-FRIENDLY Read More
ASK FOR HELP BUILDING MY RETREAT BUSINESS
Time to get serious. And to prove to my dad, who’s convinced (and potentially correct) that this Rejection Challenge is distracting me from my work. Read More
Ask strangers on New York City sidewalks for directions to the Golden Gate Bridge.
I’m getting better at this. I’m thinking ahead about the best way to approach people to get what I want. So I pull out my iPhone, tap on Google Maps, and type in “Golden Gate Bridge/directions.” Read More
Visit Latino Express grocery store. Off to buy an item I don’t recognize if the staff person will give me her favorite recipe for how to cook it. I pick out a long, pointy green shaft that looks like a cactus. Her English is poor, so she calls over the guy stocking the shelves. Read More
I love listening to TED talks. I especially love searching topics I’m pretty sure none of those dizzyingly fabulous, uniformly successful speakers have anything to say about. So the other day I caught myself searching “Failure.” A taboo subject in America in general, the land of the overnight and over-the- moon success story, the place where super models get spotted on street corners and anyone can get famous for doing nothing on reality TV. Read More
Known worldwide, Lois Nesbitt’s prowess for inquiry began long before she dedicated herself to yoga. In earlier careers, she was a professional writer, editor, and artist. With a B.A., Magna cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she taught literature and writing, Lois’ penchant for analysis have made her teacher trainings deeply rich experiences. Read More
There’s a lot of talk in the yoga and meditation worlds these days about “being in the moment,” being present for what is happening here, now. God knows we could all use some practice at staying in the moment, as our minds all too easily slip back into rehashing past experiences, wincing at how we lost it when our child threw a(nother) tantrum, a frenemy who did us a bad term, how we bombed an exam, a presentation, an interview. Read More
Who are you? Teaching Truly
We live in a celebrity-driven culture. Some people get famous for what they can do (talent), others for their ability to make others do what they want (power), and still others for their knack for accumulating lots of $$ (wealth). Reality TV introduced the at-first refreshing, gradually nauseating idea that anybody could be famous without necessarily being able to do anything.
As yoga teachers, we put ourselves in the spotlight daily, sometimes many times a day—whether in a crowded Equinox class or a private lesson in someone’s home. So it’s worth asking yourself, calmly, deeply, curiously: Who am I? Read More
It happens all the time. I’m at a cocktail party, a guy (yes, it’s usually a guy, but once in awhile a woman) asks me what I do for a living, and I say I teach yoga. “Oh, I’ve always wanted to try yoga but I’m not flexible.”
At which point I offer that one reason to practice yoga is to become more mobile. Read More
Students say/ask the darndest things! Here’s a brief sampling, with some suggestions for appropriate responses:
1. Why do we have to chant in Sanskrit?
A: Sanskrit was created by sages who believed that certain sounds generate “good vibrations” in the chanter. Specifically, they were fond of “s” and “sh” and “ay” and “ah” sounds, among others. Read More
Most yoga teacher training courses are full of good advice on what to do in your classroom, but they can be a little short on the don’ts. Not sure why. Maybe teacher trainers are reluctant to preempt new teachers’ creativity by setting limits. Or maybe they’re embarrassed to admit the dumb things they’ve done and had to learn the hard way. In that spirit, I’m offering a list of things I hope I’ll never do again when teaching. I hope it spares all teachers and students going forward! Read More