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posts by Zefea Samson

the mat becomes a mirror

the mat becomes a mirror

I look at the yoga classroom similar to the environment for a scientific experiment. In this case, the subject being studied is our own personal life. The mat is a test container through which our own chemistry can develop – our thoughts, feelings, current or past experiences – to then be observed. Observed at a magnified level, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.

Off the mat we have mechanisms and avoidance strategies ...

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An Ode to Mothers

An Ode to Mothers

Vrtti Sarupyam Itaratra: At other times [the Self appears to] assume the forms of the mental modifications.(Patanjali – The Yoga Sutras, 1.4)

In his translation and commentary on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sri Swami Satchidananda writes:

“You seem to have lost your original identity and have identified with your thoughts and body. Suppose I ask you who you are. If you say, ‘I am a man,’ you have identified yourself with ...

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bursting into Spring – a dynamic sequence

bursting into Spring – a dynamic sequence

The same way those flowers burst out of their buds, the Spring season sparks our hearts to burst open. When I think of practicing yoga, I choose postures that give me the same feeling of celebration – postures that are playful, adventurous, alive and make me feel like a kid jumping around with excitement.

I’ll share with you my three favorite spring postures. As these postures are considered intermediate or advanced, I will ...

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here comes the sun!

here comes the sun!

by Zefea Samson

Every year, with the arrival of the Spring season, I play a special game with the children in my kids yoga class.

And it’s their favorite thing!

We talk about the birth of life and what nourishment is needed for plants and living creatures to grow. Water! Food! Oxygen! Soil! Each child gets to contribute an answer.

I also add that a lot of patience is required for growth.

From there ...

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a light upon my heart

a light upon my heart

by Zefea Samson

‘A sunset will bring you to your knees. The ocean turned purple and the sky splashed with divine hues. I drop a tear every time the sun descends. In the tear is the day released and a cleansing for tomorrow.’                                                  

The ...

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saying good-bye to 2016

saying good-bye to 2016

The other day I had to stop the car at the side of the road. Tears were rolling down my cheeks, and I needed a few moments to recover myself before continuing to drive.

I had just dropped off my daughter at school and had NPR news on while driving back home. I have not read or listened to much news at all in the past 7 years or ...

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open your heart with Bow

open your heart with Bow

Do you know how this pose got its name?

If you look at the shape, you might see that it resembles an archer’s bow! The torso and legs represent the body of the bow, and the arms represent the string. Hence, “Bow Pose.” (“Dhanu” — meaning “bow” in Sanskrit)

This posture is a full backbend that opens the chest and the entire front of the body. So many of us spend a big part of the day ...

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a moment of reflection

a moment of reflection

This time of year, always seems to be one of reflection. People spend time with family, which often comes with special dynamics.  As the year comes to an end, we often look back on the things that happened and set intentions and goals of where we want to go next. This past week I celebrated my birthday, which ads an extra layer for me personally on this reflective mode.

Our modern ...

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