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Meet Cleve Willis

Meet Cleve Willis

If you are an addict you know how constantly uncomfortable you are and how much your skin can crawl. You're full of shame and guilt, never good enough-- as if you are born this way. You have a hole that can never be filled. Then you find this alcohol substance, this drug: it’s a cure for not belonging, never fitting…
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Half Tortoise Pose

Half Tortoise Pose

Half Tortoise is largely a relaxation posture. It is said to enhance longevity by slowing the breathing. Benefits: tones and strengthens muscles of the legs increases blood flow to the brain releases tension from shoulders and neck increases flexibility of shoulder muscles Technique Start sitting kneeling style (Vajrasana), hips on the heels, sitting upright. Raise the arms overhead and clasp…
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Hands to Feet Pose

Hands to Feet Pose

As part of the opening Half Moon Sequence the primary purpose of this posture is to warm up the spine. It also stretches and warms up the legs in preparation for all of the ensuing standing postures. We come into those pose immediately following Half Moon Backbend so the starting position is with the arms overhead. The traditional method for…
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Lateral Half Moon Pose

Lateral Half Moon Pose

After the opening breathing exercise, the first posture in the Bikram Yoga series is actually a combined sequence of three poses: Lateral Half Moon; Half Moon Backbend; Hands to Feet Pose. This article is concerned with Lateral Half Moon. The Backbend and Hands to Feet Pose will be discussed on their own. The primary purpose of this sequence at the…
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Safety Pins Aren’t Enough But…

Safety Pins Aren’t Enough But…

You may have noticed the safety pin in the banner at the top of the page. I placed it there a couple days after the presidential election. The wearing of a safety pin as a political fashion statement began in Britain after the Brexit referendum results. According to the New York Times the practice began when, "An American woman living…
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“The Incredible Randy Smith”

“The Incredible Randy Smith”

Memories of Randy Smith... The Incredible Randy Smith Randy's gift to me was the essence of compassionate strength. Such a strong man, Randy could have easily used his stature and military skill to display a hardened strength. Instead, he showed me that strength can be powerful but also soft and compassionate. He was loved by so many because he loved…
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Randy Smith Memorial Donations

Randy Smith Memorial Donations

update - Our fundraising efforts have raised $4,243.62! This is an unbelievably generous amount and a profound testament to the compassionate, loving generosity of our community. We cannot thank all of you enough for your love and support. SHY held a Memorial Donation class in honor of Randy Smith on Sunday, September 18 at 10:00 am. 100% of the proceeds from this class…
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