I’m opening a yoga studio

So this is what I’ve been working on while I’ve not been blogging:  opening a yoga studio. Well, technically, REopening a studio, as a new owner, with a new vision. If you’re in the area (‘MetroWest’ Massachusetts, between Worcester & Boston), please come by and take a class!

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Autonomy in a Nutshell

You are the Authority on You. You are the Expert on You. No one knows Your Body better than You do. No one is inside Your Body and Mind besides You. Be wary of any coach or trainer who claims expertise that supersedes your own Self-knowledge. Be wary of any yoga teacher who claims to know you better than you know yourself. Trust Yourself. Trust in your own Self-knowledge and Self-awareness. What can coaches, trainers, and teachers do for you? They can partner with you and your knowledge of your own body to help improve your general overall health or…

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ANECDOTALLY: how I manage chronic pain

Chronic pain is a bitch. I’ve been dealing with pain for about 15 years now. About a year ago, I got a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a ‘syndrome’ with a group of overlapping symptoms, and nothing specific found in medical tests. I always have pain – and it was only in recent years that I realized this is not normal for everybody. I am fortunate that the pain I feel is usually manageable and bearable – for me, fatigue ends up being a larger issue impacting my daily life. But after a while, pain really wears you down. Chronic pain can lead to…

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ANECDOTALLY: I am flawed

Hello. My name is Devra, and I am flawed. I’m getting older. (Spoiler: so are you!) Bodies change as they get older, cells fail to reproduce at the same rate or quality as they did when the body they live in was younger, recovery time slows. The genetic gifts of one’s parents show themselves with time – so does sun damage! I haven’t talked about my own personal stuff very much on this blog. That’s probably going to change. I’ve put a lot of energy towards slowing the effects of time on my body. I’ve done special diets, I’ve fasted, I’ve…

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Natural Movement

I am inherently a lazy person. I like the idea of movement that just fits into my life, doesn’t require a lot of dedicated time in a special location (gym or studio), and is “natural” for what my body is designed to do. This is why I’m a fan of walking. This is also why I love weightlifting. If you want to look at it through the lens of “naturalism” – which is abused by so many online gurus (think, Paleo, Primal, or other diets based on misrepresenting science and anthropology to sell the idea that you are supposed to…

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MYTH: Germs can’t survive hot yoga

There is a myth in the Bikram and Hot Yoga world: If you are sick, you can’t possibly spread germs in the hot yoga room because bacteria and viruses “can’t survive in the hot room”. FALSE. There is no evidence to support this assertion. If the yoga room was hot enough to kill a virus, it would probably be hot enough to kill YOU. As an example, the Influenza virus can be killed by heat AT TEMPERATURES ABOVE 166°F [75°C]. A Bikram Yoga hot room is around 105°F [40°C]. It’s not hot enough to kill the flu virus. You might hear the argument that…

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I Don’t Make The Rules – Biology Makes The Rules

In my previous post, How Calories “Work“, I said “So if you are convinced you are that one special snowflake who is accurately tracking 1500 calories and working out 2 hours a day and still gaining weight: YOU ARE NOT. You really really are not. You are not eating 1500 calories and gaining weight. 1500 calories will ultimately maintain (barely) 100 lbs in a full grown sedentary woman. This is truth.” I got a few comments and messages that were in opposition to this concept. They were mostly polite, which I very much appreciate. Some argued that they were different…

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How Calories “Work”

The topic of appropriate caloric intake has been on my mind a lot recently. There is A LOT of confusion around “how many calories” people ARE eating, SHOULD BE eating, and what it all means. I know many people who insist their caloric intake is very, very low: 1200 to 1500 calories per day. And they are sure their metabolism must be broken because they are now gaining weight (or not losing weight) on this very low calorie intake. It’s not true. It’s not accurate. It’s not the way things work. You have to eat enough food to support your activity, energy…

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On Being Thin

I’m going to just say it. I hope you can hear it. BEING THIN is not the end-all & be-all of your existence. BEING THIN doesn’t solve your mental health problems – or fix your relationships. BEING THIN doesn’t make you smarter, more powerful, financially stable, or creative. If you’ve dieted 4 months, 4 years, or 40 years to reach some outward goal that seems to hold the solution to all of life’s problems, I implore you: work on liking yourself NOW, the way you are, because liking yourself regardless of your body fat levels is the only way to…

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Start Small

Start small. Start where you are. When it comes to making life changes, as much as I love positive self-talk and big ideas, I am an even bigger fan of practicality. If you are in a space of self-hate, self-love won’t just walk in the door and kick the self-hate aside. You have to start where you are, and find a small step you can actually manage right now, in your current headspace. Googling “positive affirmations” won’t fix you. You have to do something you can see and measure. If you are depressed, you feel exhausted, you feel stuck, you feel…

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