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Peer Pressure and Handstands

“The best preservative to keep the mind on health is the faithful admonition of a friend.” ~ Francis Bacon 

 

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Be Well

"Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well."

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A Different Way to Stand

"Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a different way to stand." ~ Oprah Winfrey 

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A Little Sweat

A little sweat ain't never hurt nobody. ~ Beyoncé Knowles

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On Habits

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

Product Development

On Prayer Groups and Challenges

It hit me this morning that Social Workout could be, or should be, more like a born again christian prayer group, and/or a business school study group. Lemme explain....

In college, my roommate and dear friend TM was christian, and deeply into his faith. Every day he went to prayer groups, and one day he took me. There were about a dozen of us in a random common room of some dorm, and the whole meeting only took about 15 minutes between classes. Everyone just sort of knelt down, bowed their heads, and then people took turns speaking for a minute or two. The prayers were very simple: "Thank you for this, and help me with that dear lord." It was totally informal and so touching. In minutes, everyone was back out being a normal college kid, but for that moment they were vulnerable and asking for help and reminding themselves of their commitments. It seemed like a very good thing to do, even if you weren't religious.

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Finding Beauty

The Beauty of Alignment II

Once, in the town where Krishna lived, a venomous multi-headed serpent named Kaliya took up residence in the local river. Kaliya’s poison had polluted the water so thoroughly that any of the townspeople who went to take a drink, bathe, or even wash their clothing became sickened by its toxicity and died.

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kokina2 said "

Great post. I love Yoga.

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Finding Beauty

The Beauty of Desire

Desire is not a problem – it is our very nature. This is one of the first things that my teacher Dr. Douglas Brooks said when I met him nine years ago in the big kick-off weekend for my Anusara® Yoga Teacher Training.

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Finding Beauty

The Beauty of the Dance

His body is half-naked and ash-smeared with a tiger skin draped across his hips. In his two upper hands he holds the drum of creation and the fire of dissolution. His tangle of matted hair is gathered and loosely held in a knot. Perched on the knot is the pale crescent moon behind which descends the waters of the Ganges, which separate and divert into many tributaries, reflecting his infinite forms. He is multiplicity itself. But here he is Nataraja, the dancing form of Shiva.

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Never read anyone describe this dancing figure of Natraja so ..." More comments...

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On Cheering

Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Tasha_Phillips05 said "

Love that picture btw:) It's nice.

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On Farming

I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do.

~ Miguel Indurain

Tasha_Phillips05 said "

Great quote, and great picture! :)

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Go for It!

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.

~ Mohandas Gandhi

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Walk to Healthy

Walking is man's best medicine.

~ Hippocrates

Finding Beauty

Spring Cleaning with Shiva

I’ve decided to do my spring-cleaning in the company of Shiva this year. Or rather, I plan to tap into those aspects of Shiva within me that shift, clarify, and empower. So as I transition through the gray drizzle of early New York City March into the softer season, when rubbery stems of flowers optimistically emerge around the two trees planted in the cement of my block, I’ll be negotiating the same mysterious process of transformation within myself.

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Great Expectations

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

~ Walter Bagehot

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The Greatest of Follies

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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On Awareness

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

~ Henry Miller

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Go Fly a Kite

Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but...life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.

Gabriel García Márquez

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On Becoming

As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.

~ Jean-Paul Sartre

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On Tracking

If you are...very anything negative, tracking even a mediocre variable will help you develop awareness that leads to the right behavioral changes.  

~ Timothy Ferris