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    "I've lost at least 50% of the mobility I had when I was addicted to extreme postures," she says. "I have a normal range of motion now. I've never felt better."

    The post When Yogis Stiffen Up And Find the In-Between appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    Wasn't it your uncertainty that got you here?

    The post “Am I Even Teaching Yoga Anymore?” appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    Two days ago I shared a solid article by professional scholars outlining Baba Ramdev's documented homophobia and his ties to the current Indian government. A yoga culture war debate broke out like a rash.

    The post Discussing Cultural Appropriation Amidst the Yoga Trolling appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    “Art is useless because its aim is simply to create a mood. It is not meant to instruct, or to influence action in any way. It is superbly sterile, and the note of its pleasure is sterility. If the contemplation of a work of art is followed by activity of any kind, the work is […]

    The post The Sublime Uselessness of Old-School Asana appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    My kind host for a meditation weekend in Coeur d’Alene emailed ahead to ask about protocol for the weekend. One question was about mobile devices. The logistics part is simple, but the question also brings up a lot about what meditation might mean and engage with moving forward in our evolutionary storm. Etiquette first: ringers and vibrate functions […]

    The post Meditation and a Basket of Phones appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    Spiritual teacher Adyashanti published the following Post-Election Letter to his Facebook page on November 19th. It was formatted as a caption to the photograph below. Since posting, it has been shared 1.7K times amongst his almost 57K followers.

    The post Suggested Additions to Adyashanti’s Anemic “Post-Election Letter” appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    I want to push back a little against an inaccurate and often cruel stereotype of the 200-hour YTT graduate that’s been gaining steam in Yogaland over the past couple of years. It frames out like this: The recent YTT grad (80% likely it’s a “she”) is millennial, hasn’t practiced for long enough to be taking […]

    The post Against the “Recent YTT Grad” Stereotype appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    I’d like to bite at a question  Diane Bruni asked on the Yoga and Movement Research Group Facebook page, months ago: Why are we still on the yoga boat? Given all the scandals, disillusionments, power dynamics, and injuries to tissues and psyches, why do we still care? (This was before YMRG exploded in both numbers […]

    The post Why I’m Still on the Yoga Boat: A Few Notes appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    Pain in yoga practice is an enduring paradox. I’ve written about it here, and here and here and here. In Neil Pearson’s Mettaversity presentation on how pain science can inform yoga practice, the paradox sharpened. This is what I gathered: In the broadest terms, awareness and self-regulation are the primary skills we want to develop […]

    The post On Pain, Awareness, Self-Regulation, and What People Want in Yoga appeared first on Matthew Remski.

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    I started writing this the day my friend Michael Stone died. On that day, the surgeons carefully cut into the body associated with him, to take the parts that used to be him and give them to others in need.

    The post Sudden Harvest: An Elegy for Michael Stone appeared first on Matthew Remski.