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posts by Gary Davis

#beingpresentevo: being present through yoga and life

#beingpresentevo: being present through yoga and life

What does being present mean and how does it relate to our lives and our yoga practice?

To me being present means focusing on what is happening here and now. Whether I’m playing the guitar, writing, studying or even doing menial tasks like weeding the garden or washing the dishes I try to focus on the job at hand. I find I can get those jobs done more quickly and efficiently ...

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#authenticevo: authenticity means many things

#authenticevo: authenticity means many things

Authenticity to me, in regard to being a yoga teacher, means being myself. Not trying to be someone else, or teach like some other teacher. I can learn or be influenced to some degree by other teachers and what I’ve learned from them, but ultimately it’s me on the podium. If I use a little humor or share yoga philosophy, if I share a little story or ...

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advising yoga students on practicing with an injury

advising yoga students on practicing with an injury

Rarely a day goes by in the studio without at least one person asking my advice about practicing with an injury. Sometimes it seems half of my class on any given day has one injury or another. Some are superficial, some are serious. This is a lengthy topic that could fill a book but I’ll try to condense it into a few simple guidelines you can follow as a responsible ...

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why do we use a standardized text to teach hot yoga?

why do we use a standardized text to teach hot yoga?

Over the years I’ve learned that the best way to do any job is to have the best tools. When I was a full time musician I tried to have the best guitars, microphones and sound reinforcement gear, when I was a property manager I quickly found out (sometimes the hard way) that having the correct tools was essential for doing carpentry and home repairs.

So how does this ...

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yoga nutrition: niyama, energy and focus

yoga nutrition: niyama, energy and focus

I’ve been practicing and teaching yoga for almost 15 years now. I have to say that my diet has definitely been a huge factor in my practice and my life.

Niyama is the second limb of yoga. It has to do with personal observances. The fuel (food) that we put into our bodies definitely relates to this limb. In many respects it is all about the self discipline ...

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the whole world is my yoga studio – committing to home practice

the whole world is my yoga studio – committing to home practice

the reality

Let’s face it, sometimes it’s just hard to get to class. Whether you live far away from a studio, or you have a crazy schedule, getting to the yoga studio to keep a regular practice can be a challenge in today’s time-crunched world. Almost every day I hear students lament about not having enough time. I was one of them. Here are some of the ways ...

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giving back as a yoga teacher

giving back as a yoga teacher

Not surprisingly the decision to become a yoga teacher came to me in a yoga class. I was lying in savasna after a particularly hard hot yoga standing series. An intense feeling of compassion came over me. I felt incredibly alive and vibrant. I wanted to share what I was feeling with everyone. I realized at that moment that the best way to do that ...

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