I was almost crushed by a tree branch this morning (Off the Mat)

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I was almost crushed by a tree branch this morning (Off the Mat)

I was out on my morning walk, and out of nowhere I heard an extremely loud CRASH!!!!

When I heard the noise, I had just crossed the street with my dogs (Flowtron & Kaya) to return home, and I was with two other dog-owning neighbors of mine. Each of us spun around and to see what had happened, and were shocked to see that a HUGE branch had suddenly fallen out of a nearby tree – in the same exact spot we had been walking not more than a minute before. (You can see for yourself in the photo inside.)

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Created equal; but do we remain equal? (Off the Mat)

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Created equal; but do we remain equal? (Off the Mat)

A few weeks ago I was reading Henry Ford’s autobiography, and I came across a section of the book that really made me think. It said something along the lines of, “Men are created equal, but men do not remain equal. To say so would be a great disservice to both ourselves and others. At birth, men are equal. But as we become autonomous, our personal value is directly proportional to the value we create in service to others.”

Let’s look deeper into that…

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Humility VS Laziness in Exercise (Off the Mat)

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Humility VS Laziness in Exercise (Off the Mat)

It’s easy to push yourself to the end and finish your reps no matter what. I had done that for many years when I was younger. During my workout, I would start to get tired and notice I was no longer doing each rep with proper form. But, either due to my own personal desire not to let the workout “beat” me, or to give up in front of the other people training with me, I would keep on going.

I would usually be painfully sore for the next few days – and not the good kind of sore, but the bad kind that means you don’t do other workouts because your shoulders are in too much pain, or your lower-back hurts too much to bend over. Completing your workout in those types of situations is good for your mental fortitude, but it sucks for your body.

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Awareness Is Everything (Off The Mat)

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Awareness Is Everything (Off The Mat)

I’m really excited to be writing another edition of Off the Mat, especially because it’s been so long since I wrote the last one. Last week I had the rare opportunity to take a week long vacation, one in which I taught [almost] zero yoga classes. (I ended up teaching two.) During that time off, I was almost completely disconnected from my phone, did a maximum of 1 hour of work per day, and spent a lot of time walking, sitting, and doing nothing. I did, however happen to finish one book: F*ck Your Feelings, written by my friend, Ryan Munsey. And one of the topics he covered is the one I want to talk about today.

Awareness.

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This important, unspoken aspect of wellness – Off The Mat

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This important, unspoken aspect of wellness

It’s been a few weeks since the last Off The Mat email, and I’m excited to be back this week to talk about something VERY important to me – something I think should be equally important to YOU, too – personal time. Personal time is your YOU time. It’s when you hang out with yourself and allow your thoughts to process, without anybody but YOU to tell yourself what’s right, what’s wrong, or to persuade you to think in any one direction.

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