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posts by Zefea Samson

a moment of reflection

a moment of reflection

This time of year, always seems to be one of reflection. People spend time with family, which often comes with special dynamics.  As the year comes to an end, we often look back on the things that happened and set intentions and goals of where we want to go next. This past week I celebrated my birthday, which ads an extra layer for me personally on this reflective mode.

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yoga and passover

yoga and passover

This weekend is the start of Passover.  All over the world, Jews use this holiday to remember and remind each other of the struggles and hardships in history.  Why is this a topic to discuss on a yoga blog?

During the seider on the first night of the holiday, the story of the exodus from Egypt is commemorated. The Jews had been slaves of Egypt’s pharaoh for many ...

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#selfloveevo: date with yourself

#selfloveevo: date with yourself

Everybody knows that the month of February is the month of Valentine’s Day, when we openly or anonymously show our affection to someone special. We thought that this is the best month to talk about Self-Love. Because how can we love others without fully loving ourselves first?

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Sometimes when I teach class, I compare the process ...

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#authenticevo: being authentic at the tulum teacher training

#authenticevo: being authentic at the tulum teacher training

au·then·tic·i·ty
ôTHenˈtisədē/
noun
the quality of being authentic.

au·then·tic
ôˈTHen(t)ik/
adjective
of undisputed origin; genuine.

Lush trees, the sounds of the fullness of the jungle night, heavy warm air and an army of mosquitos are surrounding us. We swing slowly in the hammock as nature around us transitions rapidly into the dark night. It is the first evolation teacher training of 2015, in Tulum, Mexico. We have no cell phone reception, no ...

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4 secrets to survive your most awkward pose

4 secrets to survive your most awkward pose

I am infamous for holding postures longer than most of my colleagues. I have certainly heard students complain that I hold awkward posture too long. Heck, I want to complain when other teachers hold the pose more than my legs appreciate!

A friend and long time teacher once said during a workshop: “I believe you shouldn’t trust any teacher who won’t hold this posture long enough, as it tells you everything ...

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yoga lessons from my kids: labelling

yoga lessons from my kids: labelling

Since my daughter was born 3 years ago my yoga practice has dramatically changed. I used to take class mostly every day, never less than 5 times a week, for 6 years straight. With a child in my life this frequency has been reduced to maybe a couple of times a week. And now, with baby number two practicing yoga has become just a topic ...

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bare feet, eyes closed?

bare feet, eyes closed?

When was the last time you stood still and closed your eyes?  Not in a weird-social-experiment-on-a-crowded-train way.  But, standing in a comfortable space (ie. your own living room) and floating your eyes closed.  If you pay attention, you will notice the slight shifts and wobbles of your body.  You will notice how your feet react to compensate for imbalances, and your body shifts weight to stay standing.  Now, we’re about ...

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just show up

just show up

show up

1. To be clearly visible.
2. To put in an appearance; arrive.
3. To expose or reveal the true character or nature of.

The hardest part of Yoga is just showing up. How often do we look for excuses no to do something?   Go, Don’t go!  I’m tired. I feel lethargic. I can’t be bothered. This hurts, that hurts. We all have these thoughts often. When these thoughts arise the ...

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