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[Rapid City] Part 3. In the Classroom.

Before we get into the classroom pics, did I mention our food was OFF THE HOOK? To say we were nourished by Batool Merali, of Nourish Myself, would be a gross understatement. Deep pranam. Back to the classroom. Yogahealer Retreats aren’t known for just eating, visiting Dinosaur parks, and socializing. We do some seriously deep transformational work. See evidence below. In all seriousness, and I was very very serious, moderating the Collaborative Leadership Experiment on the final day....

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[Rapid City] What went down. Part 2.

I heard you wanted more photos… with clever explanations from me. Ask and you receive. And… if you want to check out the details for Mexico - you should. When we booked the retreat in Rapid, we had no idea what to expect.  Soon after landing, we explored. “Rachel Peters! Is that what I think it is? WTF,” I exclaim.   Annie Barrett doing the Dino Dance.     After our unplanned post-lunch hike up Dinosaur mountain, Amanda Hemmingsen, (LAC...

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[Rapid City] What Went Down

Oh my, where to begin. Our course member retreat in Rapid City went down last week. About 30 course members and mentors gathered at Batool Merali’s green hotel  - The Rushmore - in downtown Rapid City. She even plastered my face to the billboard, right between rotating announcements of martini right and the presidential rock carving. Check out the blank chart and the phallic drawing of spiral evolution behind me. Bam. And we are off and...

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The Metabolic Efficiency of Radiant Longevity

Does agni ruling your roots? Answer the 5 questions below. Awhile back before I got distracted with juicing thistle and rose hips, breaking glass ceilings, with poop holes and p!e holes I was writing to you about physiological efficiencies.  Let’s pick up on that conversation.  The theme? Invest your attention in the increasing efficiencies of your body.  The more I self-study (svadyaya) my body the more attuned I become to the efficiencies. Efficiency of action, efficiencies of thought, efficiencies of digestion,...

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Breaking Your Glass Ceilings

I’m writing from the plane heading to Rapid City. Batool Merali, co-author of The Divinity Within happens to have a phat pad of a hotel in downtown Rapid City. And as a longtime Yogahealer course member + later mentor (see Yogidetox, Living Ayurveda Course, Yoga Health Coaching, Body Thrive), she has been offering her phat pad as the base for the next Yogahealer retreat. Which starts tomorrow. Realizing the generous nature of this offer, I finally took...

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Always Be eXperimenting. (ABX)

The body experiments. The body loves experiments. The body evolves via experimentation, feedback, learning, integration, experimentation feedback, learning, integration… ad infinitum. ABX - Always be Experimenting - is a principal of nature, a basic premise of Ayurvedic philosophy (see prajna paradha - or failure to ABX - as a root cause of disease). Lately, Silicon Valley's biz gurus and hackers illuminate the power of ABX via lean start up methodology, productivity hacking and bio hacking. (See Think big, test...

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Why I Use the Word Piehole

I have a pile of responses from the last time I wrote you: subject line: [Autumn=Rejuve] Why Fat Metabolism Matters. Most are provocative reflections and questions. But first I happen to open some fascinating criticism from Casey.(For positive feedback, scroll to the end.) Casey writes: "Oh my gosh! What is your issue or shadow with using the word pie hole! That sounds so derogatory. Why can't you just say "your mouth" or actual term of the body or part....

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[Autumn=Rejuve] Why Fat Metabolism Matters

Many of you know I'm into intermittent fasting. Many of you also know the basic teachings of worshiping your agni - your digestive fire - your power of digestion. When we eat too frequently we generate more surface-level thinking. The Yogis of yore were never interested in surface level thinking. They craved depth with their souls. Chances are you also crave to live from a place of depth. When we eat less frequently we tap into our mental capacity. The...

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Worldly and Spiritual Fulfillment and the Nature of Dharma with Rod Stryker

"If you always nurture Dharma, Dharma will always nurture you." - Katha Upanishad In the drama of modern-day hyperstimulation and overwhelm, we can easily lose track of our dharma, our soul purpose. In our modern world — rife with Vata aggravations, including too much information and too many stimuli for our sense organs to process — it’s a wonder we even get dinner on the table. As a modern species, we’re moving toward more mass confusion, not...

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Physical Harmony + Weight Loss for Overweight Vatas, with Cate Stillman

The vast majority of Western society is now considered overweight or obese. For practitioners and/or students of Ayurveda, it can be difficult to determine whether a person's excess weight is a vata or kapha issue. And the question comes up all the time, too. It's simply just harder to tell their constitutions when they have extra pounds of ama and poor-quality tissue on their bodies. Fortunately, there are a few key ways that you can...

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