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Al Bingham leads PostureTweak and Breathe, Move and Rest classes online at EncourageYoga.com. Online classes are $5/class but Project LOVE makes them FREE with the code LOVE at checkout. Use the code 1x or 100 times: https://www.EncourageYoga.com/ProjectLOVE

Flying Lessons

By |2020-04-23T22:26:30-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Inspiration|

https://vimeo.com/411159701 Kite Here's what I get for being a cross on a sail. Here's how I jitterbug light. I don't say it's dull, but mainly I'm pretty uneasy up here -- exposed and nervous. Mainly I'd rather not fly in one place with my tail traipsing down like a dog that's been beaten, [...]

Electro-Shock or Silence: Your Call

By |2020-04-20T21:01:51-04:00April 20th, 2020|Inspiration|

In The Mind of the Leader, Rasmus Hougaard writes about an experiment in which participants were asked to spend a short period of time alone in a room without windows, tv, pictures, writing instruments or mobile devices. They had a choice: they could just sit there or they could give themselves painful electric shocks [...]

Project LOVE: One Small Practice

By |2020-03-28T00:32:09-04:00March 28th, 2020|Inspiration|

During one of the first online classes I taught in Encourage's Zoom studio, I shared some of Bonnie Myotai Treace's poem "One Small Practice:"     "We are the right sangha, the right community for this challenge.Every day find a way, big or small, to show care for another.At least one. Every day." In many [...]

Am I Ready?!

By |2020-03-21T17:44:15-04:00March 21st, 2020|Inspiration, Studio News|

The cymbals chime three times to mark the start of the meditation period. Three chimes (how generous!) calling us to attention. Despite the effort it took to come to practice today: to set aside work, to negotiate child care responsibilities, to silence your notifications, to set aside doubts, worries and future concerns, the first ching! nonetheless may [...]

What Cave Are You In?

By |2020-03-21T17:32:42-04:00July 18th, 2018|Inspiration|

You probably heard about the Thai soccer team - trapped for days in flooded, underground caves - who learned Buddhist meditation practices to remain calm during their ordeal. And yet, it wasn't meditation alone that got them out of the caves. It also took a coordinated, skillful effort from a team of professionals united around [...]

Kindness

By |2018-05-22T23:40:26-04:00January 22nd, 2018|Inspiration|

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How [...]

Who Are You There to Encourage?

By |2020-03-12T10:13:07-04:00October 12th, 2017|Inspiration|

In Albany last Sunday when I ran the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon, the first 17 miles flew by but when I hit mile 19, I encountered headwinds to go along with the heat, humidity and fatigue that was already present. It wasn't pretty. And yet, there was Noah and just past him, there was my dad. Noah [...]