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Goodbye Careful Cara: Next Steps

My last blog post, “Goodbye Careful Cara,” caught me by surprise. My public declaration about finally mustering up the courage to leave behind my false persona of pleasing and perfecting turned out to be a common thread and connector to many of you. Not only did your comments and emails cheer me on as I

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Goodbye Careful Cara

Okay, here it goes. In my gut I’ve wanted to say what I’m about to say for a while and today I’m finally ready to just do it. A few days ago I had two “aha” insights. I’ve become Careful Cara.  I’m ready to leave her behind. Over the past 12 years, I’ve been meticulously careful and

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Trading in Unworthiness for Kindness

Meditation teacher and writer Sharon Salzberg tells the story of meeting his Holiness the Dalai Lama at a conference in India in the 90s. Upon asking the Dalai Lama about the concept of self-hatred, he expressed confusion and asked his translators to explain. According to Salzburg, after a few minutes of whispering and giggling with

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A Letter to My Yoga Students

Recently I sat with my journal to reflect on why I continue to teach people how to move and breathe day in and day out, over and over again. What flowed out of me was a heartfelt letter to my students that I share here.   Dear Yoga Students, I teach yoga because I believe

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Real Fearlessness

Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You’re willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world.—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche In my last blog post, My Two Friends: Fear and Fearlessness, I described the conversation that tends to go

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My Two Friends: Fear and Fearlessness

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what the words fear and fearless mean and how they apply to my life. I’ve pondered what it’s like to be gripped by fear and to experience the free flowing energy of being fearless. Lately, I’ve noticed that fear and fearlessness are ever present, like two friends

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Walking My Talk

I feel exposed. With my book “On the Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine”now available for the world to read, I feel more vulnerable than ever before in my life. The other day on my drive to Verge Yoga I slipped through a yellow light just as it was turning red. My mind was

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Don’t Miss This Moment

Each moment missed is a moment unlived. – Jon Kabat Zinn Life is happening. Your life is happening. Right now in this very moment your life is in process. Moments are coming and going, never to return again. No matter what you’re doing or not doing or what you’re saying or not saying, this moment

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After The First Eight Minutes You Are Golden

Have you ever stepped to the top of your yoga mat at the start of class and wondered how you would ever make it through practice? Did you ever contemplate leaving during the first few poses because you felt tired or just not up for it? Many of us feel this way most of the

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