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Presencing Trauma in the Client Experience

By Gin Burchfield As a young college graduate I worked as a counselor with juvenile females at a residential wilderness facility. Each evening we made a campfire for group counseling sessions where the girls had a chance to share their stories and receive some group feedback. All the girls had lived through tremendous trials, but there was one story I’ll never forget hearing. I was sitting across the fire from a young woman who always seemed edgy and defiant. That night she confessed to the group that her mother, a sex worker, had...

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Align Your Solstice for Your Annual Strategic Planning

What’s happening for people who are more awake and aligned heading toward the solstice? This time of the cycle for those in the northern hemisphere is about the deepest of reflections and planting of seeds, it’s not about doing, it’s about reflecting. It’s about mindful, deliberate selection of which seeds to plant. For those heading towards the summer solstice, it is a time for harvesting what was planted last winter. Even though as a global culture, we’ve moved away from planet-based rhythms, and have habits and customs around that run counter...

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[Vision Quest] Schedule Your Clairvoyance

In the last post I started the story of the October Yogidetox Vision Quest weekend with Winston. When we emerge from a reset experience like the Yogidetox, we have a new momentum. We have clear vision. We know what habits we want to keep up. We know which habits we want to shape us. When we do this with other people we can support each other’s momentum. You know how good you can feel. You know what to do to feel your own greatest, your own clarity, and to build deeper strength. This...

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Cate’s Top Recent Books

I'm an avid reader/book listener. I'm sharing a few books that shifted my thinking this year. Our brains want to expand with the expanding universe. One of the biggest expansions came from the not just reading a few of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad books, but also playing Cashflow by Robert T. Kiyosaki. I love how by  Kiyosaki gamified his life's learning around financial freedom in a boardgame. 2017 was a big year for us. Winston finished building our house. We moved in. We realized his design was spectacular to live...

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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 + Awake Living), and I explore lovely downtown Rapid, and stumble on the possibility of...

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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 difference shows up in our productivity. As in the Pareto Principle where 20% of our...

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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 more mental clarity. Amidst this chaos, modern guru Rod Stryker provides sane, sound, and innovative...

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Women + Moon Cycle Empowerment with YouTube Yogini Kassandra Reinhardt

“Nothing is separate in our bodies. Everything is interconnected.” –Kassandra Reinhardt In today's society, we tend to think of our bodies as different parts working together, each with its own function, and rarely affected by other parts of the body. Kassandra Reinhardt seeks to help people feel great in their bodies by releasing this idea in favor of a holistic approach to Yoga and other aspects of life. Because of this separation of different parts of the body as well as the mind, women today also tend to ignore the different phases...

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Donna Farhi on Teaching + Practicing Yoga

"Each year I do a round-the-world teaching tour, so even though I live in New Zealand, I feel I have my finger on the pulse of issues percolating within the Yoga community. What I have been witnessing over the last decade is a growing chasm between yoga as a status seeking competitive form of physical elitism, and a veritable ground swell of both newbie and established practitioners seeking a return to Yoga as a practical, relevant, and accessible tool for self-care and self transformation. People used to come to yoga to...

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