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Stef

I am lucky to be able to work at a beautiful office building in a bustling area of downtown Minneapolis; but to remain mentally healthy, I also feel itâ??s necessary for me to be outdoors for at least a few moments every day. I am blessed to work with (and for) wonderfully brilliant people... Full Bio
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December 2011 Posts by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body To everything, a season After a few months of relative inactivity online (but rather deep internal reflection), I feel like it might be time to bring formal closure to ... Read on »
November 2011 Posts by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body A meditation poem A friend introduced me to a poem that I think is wonderful for a meditator to read/hear – and a very good addition to a meditation blog.  :)  The poe ... Read on »
October 2011 Posts by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body A tiny moment of profound awakening I possess poor skills in predicting what will alter my view, what will awaken my heart, what will touch my soul, and what will pote ... Read on »
August 2011 Posts by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body A reminder of why I meditate Ten months ago our 14-year-old sweetheart-of-a-puppy died.  To be more accurate (and blunt), ten months ago my husband and I made the hea ... Read on »
The end. by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body And so, it’s over. My year (plus 2 months) of Yoga Teacher Training is officially finished. I’m now a legitimate, ‘credentialed’ yoga instructor. Some people won’t even th ... Read on »
Taking a seat by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Well, this is it – my last yoga class. Actually, let me be more specific (and more accurate): this is my last class for my RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training Program . This is ... Read on »
Living Your Yoga by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body One of the requirements of this yoga teacher training program is to read 4 different yoga books, then submit a brief report/reflection on each one.  I have finished my fin ... Read on »
July 2011 Posts by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Unplanned insight I had a rather interesting experience in meditation this morning.  I sat on my usual cushion, placed my body in the usual position, closed my eyes an ... Read on »
Meeting mudras somewhere in the middle by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Today I had my second-to-last yoga class. Just one more, and I’m done with this training program. I’ll be a ‘real-live’ yoga teacher…on paper, anyway. It’s kind of strange ... Read on »
June 2011 Posts by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Turning towards A few months ago I was listening to a talk where the speaker said that all emotions last no longer than 90 seconds. Period. Fact. Now, people can feel ... Read on »
Balances by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body This afternoon I had a pretty amazing tech session on Yoga Nidra ; it was completely new and novel, strange and wild, profoundly unique. And all of that can be very, very ... Read on »
Yoga of the mind by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Today I had a yoga double-header: a tech in the early afternoon, and another tech in the evening. The mid-day session was a class on Yoga Nidra – also known as “yogic slee ... Read on »
Getting warmer… by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body After work today I attended a tech session on warm-ups and savasana – though the class was primarily focused on warm-ups. Which was actually nice for me, in that I feel li ... Read on »
Many levels of ‘restoration’ by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Midway through my yoga teacher training experience I took a workshop on Yin Yoga – which is an extensive (and intensive) form of restorative yoga. If you have been followi ... Read on »
My last (core) class by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Today was my last core class of my yoga teacher training program – and (quite appropriately) the topic was the Yoga Sutras, Part 2. I had taken the Yoga Sutras Part 1 ... Read on »
Yoga Anatomy by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body As part of the anatomy section of this yoga teacher training program, all students are required to complete 10 hours of anatomy study on their own.  Our anatomy teacher ga ... Read on »
Beautiful breath by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Tonight I had a tech session about pranyama – which is basically breath work. (Prana = “life force” [spirit, breath] and yama = “restraint” [control]. So pranyama loosely ... Read on »
The Business of Yoga by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body This evening I had my last yoga teacher training core session.  (Technically, I still have one make-up session to complete because of a class that was canceled due to a sn ... Read on »
The power of a forward fold by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body It has been a long time since I’ve been at a tech session – three months, in fact.  (I was curious, so I looked at my attendance log, and was a bit surprised when I realiz ... Read on »
May 2011 Posts by Stef Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Meditation, my employer, me, and ABC News As I have mentioned before, I started a meditation group at my work place.  (See the January 12 entry .)  Over the past ye ... Read on »