Energy of Yoga on the Mall with Shiva Rae and the Akoma Drummers

Such an amazing experience at Yoga on the Mall this past weekend. Anyone interested in meeting up in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 7 for the Wanderlust Yoga Festival? Namaste!

A Yogini Transformed

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I participated in the 9th annual Yoga on the Mall on Saturday, May 3, 2014. This event was free and part of DC Yoga Week .

Needless to say, I was exceptionally anxious last week leading up to the event. I was up very early Saturday morning and met a group of fellow yoga teacher trainees at the Shady Grove metro station at 7:30 a.m. We each had our mats over our shoulders and the expectation that we were going to have a great time…I think we were all pleasantly surprised.

The specific location of the event was on a grassy, sloping hill adjacent to the Constitution Gardens Pond near the Vietnam War Memorial. The Washington Monument was the back drop.

Much to our surprise, we were the first yogis to arrive! The event crew was still setting up the stage as we formed a cozy row of mats near…

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Article share: 7 Scientific Examples of When Yoga is the Best Medicine

A Yogini Transformed

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Victims of domestic violence, war veterans, children with autism, caregivers…all proven to benefit from a therapeutic yoga practice.

It’s amazing to find this information in one place. I have experienced many of these benefits personally.

7 Scientific Examples of When Yoga is the Best Medicine:

Yoga helped me calm my mind long enough to allow my old habits to be broken and for my brain to get rewired toward focusing on life-preserving behaviors, thoughts and actions.

Yoga is amazing! I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t experienced it myself to be honest. 🙂

Namaste!
~Paula

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Teaching Yoga to Women in Correctional Settings

Yoga has the potential to empower us all. 🙂

A Yogini Transformed

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I will earn my yoga teacher certification in July 2014. I’ve decided I want to teach yoga to women behind bars and/or in community corrections.

Did you know that 85+% of incarcerated women self-report being involved in a domestic violence situation within 6 months of their arrest? If these women could get to a healthy level of self-worth and self-awareness, their rate of recidivism could drastically be reduced once released.

I think learning yoga and meditation could be the tool that empowers them to transform their lives for the better.

Certainly, the most difficult part will be earning their trust. I’ve worked in community corrections as an educator in the past. But somehow I think teaching yoga is going to be a bit different than teaching GED or ABE skills.

If anyone out there has specific experience or insight, let me know. My plan is to design a workshop series…

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Warning Signs You’re Dating a Loser

Losers lose things. This is a perfect description of the boy in my story, and it was rather amusing to read…in hindsight.

Let Me Reach with Kim Saeed

Written by Joseph M. Carver, Ph.D., Psychologist

** September 27, 2003, but still very relevant in today’s world of Narcissism!

Loser

This article was published on the Internet several years ago and was originally written to help identify “Losers” in relationships. The e-mail feedback Dr. Carver received on the article was tremendous. It’s clear the article is a way of identifying not only “losers” but controlling, abusive, and manipulating individuals. It’s also obvious these warning signs are not only found in dating relationships – but also in spouses, parents, friends, and relatives. There are more victims in the environment of the Loser than his or her romantic partner.

Introduction

Very few relationships start on terms other than sweetness and politeness. In the beginning, “the honeymoon” of the relationship, it’s difficult to determine what type of individual you are dating. Both you and the date are guarded, trying to obtain information about the other as…

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Pistorius seeks pity. Are we surprised? @commdiginews

According to Martha Stout, PhD and author of “The Sociopath Next Door,” the hallmark of a sociopath (outside all of the obvious traits and characteristics used to identify one) is his/her desperate need to be pitied. Being pitied validates the sociopath. Once validated, the sociopath is free to behave just as he/she has always behaved with zero remorse or need for accountability. Pitying the sociopath keeps the sociopath in a perpetual state of delusion.

Read my latest Communities Digital News article:

Oscar Pistorius testifies and seeks pity in the aftermath of killing Reeva Steenkamp

When we choose love over fear

There is no growth in fear. You know that. You lived it! Namaste. ~Paula

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All I know how to do today is share what I am passionate about with zero expectations. It’s how I operate in every corner of my life, from raising my son and being a friend to working my day job and training to become a yoga teacher.

I’m not lucky, fortunate or privileged. Where I find myself today has less to do with the people in my life who love me but more to do with my ability to believe in their love and that I am worthy of that love.

I don’t know where tomorrow will take me. I just do things today because I love doing them. I love life, and I love to share what I have learned. That’s it.

I have no desire or wish to be anyone’s guru or to be revered. And I can’t control how people judge me. That’s probably the most valuable…

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Playlist for Beginner Yoga Practitioners

Maybe this playlist will help you get started practicing yoga. Namaste! ~Paula

A Yogini Transformed

I love yoga and am always encouraging my friends and family to try yoga. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to a studio or a gym or a teacher.

Since I stopped practicing Bikram Yoga, I started exploring a home practice using videos I find on YouTube that fit my level and interest. I’ve discovered hundreds of yoga videos on YouTube; the selection is rather overwhelming! Some are good, some are not-so-good.

So to help my friends who have no idea where to begin with yoga, I started putting together a playlist of well-reviewed videos that serve as a solid introduction to yoga basics. Of course, there are limitations to learning and practicing yoga using just videos. Therefore, in addition to these videos, I also have a recommended reading list I’ll share soon.

If you are a yoga student or teacher and have videos, books or other resources you either created…

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Mourning my Bikram Yoga practice in light of rape allegations

This was a tough one to write…

A Yogini Transformed

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My introduction to yoga was through Bikram Yoga, specifically Bikram Yoga Rockville just around the corner from my home here in the DC Metro Area.

If you’ve followed this blog or my other blog, you’re already aware that Bikram Yoga, in a very real and profound way, changed my life.

I didn’t start practicing in October 2011 because I thought I would grow spiritually or eventually begin to heal from past abuse and emotional pain. On the contrary, my motivation was more materialistic and vain. I joined the Bikram Yoga studio because I wanted to get physically fit and maybe heal a knee injury I had been living with for far too many years.

Within days of practicing Bikram Yoga, I was able to stop taking Advil. I could even walk up and down stairs without fearing I’d topple or lose my footing.

Within a few…

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