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My Coaching Creed: draft one

This year at school, I am excited to take on a new leadership role of part-time coach. I will be working mostly with the upperclassman Language Arts teachers, as well as supporting my co-coach in other ways our department needs. The best part–I still get to teach. I am just not that person who ever wants to leave the classroom–or the students–to lead; I’d rather have the best of both worlds. As I’ve been ruminating and preparing for this new role, I’ve been pursuing some learning opportunities. I have been reading Elena Aguilar‘s book The Art of Coaching. I also have been Read More

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What is the 8-Limbed Path?

Throughout history—just as now—people were fascinated with yoga. What is it? How does it work? How does it incorporate various realms of existence from physical to spiritual? And then around 200BCE—to describe it with a modern parallel—Patanjali came along and wrote Yoga for Dummies: 8 Paths to Union. If aforementioned title truly existed and had an annotated table of contents, it would look something like this: Yoga for Dummies: 8 Paths to Union Section One: Why? Yoga can and should be more than just exercise. Being mindful of the other seven elements beside Asana creates a holistic and rewarding experience for Read More

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and then I flew

Several years ago, I walked into my local recreation center for a summer morning yoga class and did not know that I would be introduced to flight. As our teacher instructed us into crow, I remember distinctly thinking: “yeah, right!?” She modeled for us, compacting into something similar to an extreme cat pose, weight over wrists, and then she lifted her feet off the ground. Again, “yeah, right?!” Everything in me knew that was impossible for me. And now, crow is one of my favorite postures. The process of: seeing a variety of teachers break down the posture; being encouraged Read More

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effort without struggle

On the 4th of July, I found myself on my mat in a C2 class in which the teacher introduced the theme of freedom. The idea did not immediately resonate with me as it was overplayed and cliche. However, then she defined freedom to her: Freedom is effort without struggle. Now that struck a nerve and moved me to conviction beyond my mat. I can think of so many areas of my life where I tend to be enslaved in struggle: condemnation of myself and others, insecurity, weight, anxiety–to name a few. Back on my mat, she kept coming back to Read More

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a guided sanctuary tour: collapsing the boundaries between the sacred and the secular

And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. –Exodus 25 This Scripture has crawled into my heart and taken a seat for the last week. For much of my life, I have made clear distinctions between the sacred and secular. When I wanted to meet with the Divine, it most likely entailed quiet times and church meetings. But the more I’ve lived life, the deeper my conviction has become to collapse the boundary between the sacred and secular. If God is ALL, then He, by nature, is encompassed in both those extremes…as well as in all Read More