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Can I Be Good at Meditation Homework? Guest Post by Tamiko Nimura

Tamiko Nimura is a longtime Source Yoga student and is enrolled in this summer’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction series. She will be sharing her experience over the next few weeks through a series of blog posts. This is post #2. Read Post #1 here.    Normally, I’d be all about the homework. I am one of those people who’s ridiculously happy to be a lifelong student. I have 2 grad school degrees, for goodness’ sake. I miss taking classes besides yoga. But I have to admit that the MBSR homework is a struggle. MBSR is a big time commitment: two and a half hours for each evening class, for eight weeks. An all-day retreat towards the end of the series. Plus, we have daily homework, about half an hour to 45 minutes (and sometimes more). There are small practices that can take just a few minutes and meditation practices that take longer. When will I find time to do the homework? I also wonder if I’m concerned because we don’t turn anything in, and we’re not graded. Then there’s my inner yoga-teacher voice, the one that’s a combination of all the great yoga teachers I’ve had. That voice is laughing at me, gently: Grades and feedback and achievement again, huh? Maybe it’s like writing. Focus on the process. Mindfulness is not for the busy, I think. And yet I know that’s exactly part of the point.   Week One Every day, we are supposed to do a body scan meditation, listening to a recording that Erin’s sent us. It’s about 40 minutes long, and it requires us sitting still or... read more

Teacher Highlight: Rachelle Koren

Rachelle Koren has been teaching at Source Yoga on and off for about a year. She brings a true passion for yoga and personal growth to her classes, and loves helping people slow down. Practicing yoga since: 2010 Teaching yoga since: 2013 Where/when do you teach at Source Yoga? Thursdays: 5:30-6:45pm Flow and Let Go at North Tacoma Fridays: 6:00-7:15am Sunrise Flow at North Tacoma (while Lindsay is on maternity leave) Saturdays: 12:30-2:00pm Yoga for 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) at North Tacoma Hobbies/interests: I enjoy reading, spending time with my 2 pugs, being in nature, surrounding myself with like-minded friends and communities, as well as experiencing solitude. What non-yoga book are you reading/did you recently read? I’m a voracious reader, but it seems that everything I read relates to yoga and/or mindfulness. The most non-yogic book I’ve most recently read is “In the Meantime” by Iyanla Vanzant. The most recent books I’ve read in the last 2 weeks are: “The Book of Chakras” by Ambika Wauters; “Chakra Yoga” by Alan Finger; “Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship” by Donna Farhi; “Yoga Nidra” by Richard Miller; “Yoga and the Twelve-Step Path” by Kyczy Hawk; “The Wisdom of Yoga” by Stephen Cope; “Kindfulness Meditation” by Ajahn Brahm. What yoga book do you recommend? There are so many amazing ones out there, it’s hard to know where to start! I would highly recommend reading Stephen Cope’s books, beginning with “Yoga and the Quest for the True Self”. For a daily meditation book, Rolf Gates’ “Meditations from the Mat” is a must! What’s your favorite yoga practice/pose and why?  My favorite type of... read more

You Can’t Force Letting Go

I recently returned from a 5-day silent meditation retreat. Before I go any farther, let me assure you that it is not like going on vacation. Yes, there are moments of deep rest. There is a sense that there is nothing to do. On retreat, we are able to step out of the daily tasks for a time. That week on retreat, I found there were moments when all there was to do was lay on the grass and watch the clouds pass, before the ringing of the bell to summon us for our next meditation session. I experienced moments of deep stillness and quiet that come from days of not speaking, when the inner chatter finally stopped, for a moment, and all I could feel was the beating of my heart and movement of the trees around me. But vacation, it is not. More often than not, you face the parts of yourself that are the most uncomfortable. Without the distraction of interaction, conversation, phone, computer, TV, radio, even reading or journaling, you see the parts of yourself that you would rather not like to see. The parts that you spend most of your waking hours in an unconscious attempt to hide. A few days of silent meditation and there you are: face-to-face with the least-liked parts of yourself.   On retreat, I thought about a conversation that my parents had four years ago, when my mom was dying. The end was getting pretty close, and my dad said to her: “it’s ok to let go.” “I don’t know how,” she said. I was moved by this. We... read more

Teacher Highlight – Melissa Cotter

Melissa Cotter joined the Source Yoga teaching staff this year. Melissa enjoys teaching dynamic, alignment based flow classes that both honor and challenge the body, mind and spirit. A classically trained vocalist, Melissa loves to incorporate music, breath and chant to bring depth to her classes. Practicing yoga since: This is an interesting question. In some ways I have been practicing aspects of yoga for as long as I can remember. However my physical practice began in 2001 when I took my very first yoga class. I practiced on and off for the next several years as a supplement to my fitness regime. It wasn’t until 2008, however, when I found Source Yoga, that I began a regular, deeper practice. Teaching yoga since: 2015 Where/when do you teach? Source Yoga North Tacoma, Tuesday evenings at 7PM Hobbies/interests: My first love was singing! But, I enjoy all types of music and creative expression. I love getting lost in time playing with music and art alone or with my children. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen creating vegan meals and treats. Sometimes as a hobby, sometimes as a chore. I am happiest by the water. What non-yoga book are you reading/did you recently read? Currently on my nightstand: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom and Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. What yoga book do you recommend? I HIGHLY recommend Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. Coincidently, it was introduced to me as part of a Source Yoga Mindfulness series. What’s your favorite yoga practice/pose and why? My favorite type of practice is... read more