I am just back from my own personal retreat and am reminded of how important taking time for myself is. When my daughters were old enough, I made a personal commitment to doing this at least once a year and I am always blown away by how much I learn and how much energy I return with. I just came across another, “top reasons to go on a yoga retreat” article and the reasons didn’t quite resonate with me so, fresh from my own retreat, I thought I’d write my own.Read More
I tend to see the world through the lens of abundance versus lack. But somehow I seem to have made an exception for time. Without being conscious of it, over the years, I’ve allowed intense busyness to creep in, out of some skewed idea that I’m running out of time. And so the pursuit of all the things I love (and many things I don’t), and the fear that I won’t have time for it all, has created a false construct that preferences lack over abundance.Read More
It is strange to be so far away and “virtually” witness the closing of We Are Yoga, a studio that has been such an essential part of my life for so many years. This blog is a gratitude practice - a private reflection made public - expressing what I have most loved about We Are Yoga.Read More
One of the things I’m enjoying most about learning Spanish is the small discoveries I am making about the impact language and culture have on one another. Here is my current favorite observation:
Some of the most repeated words I hear in conversations are descriptions of beauty and wonder.Read More
I was having a moment of deep appreciation for my yoga practice the other day when during shvasana, I realized that yoga is one of the few familiar and comfortable places in my life right now.Read More
The next time you think someone is living their FaceBook life 24/7, remember that they probably feel more like you do than their home page might imply.
In other words, life is amazing and sometimes it’s not.Read More
Getting a lot done in Spain feels very different than getting a lot done at home. Which leads me to a few initial observations…Read More
My family and I are moving to Spain for a year! Many of you know that I am not really a throw-caution-to-the-wind kind of person. I am quite deliberate and relatively careful. I’d call myself a calculated risk-taker.Read More
Being busy - it’s an old and boring story I’ve been telling people for years and one which I’m ready to re-write. I think it’s safe to say that like most of you, I “do” too much. I thought it might be a useful exercise to ask myself why. Here is what I came up with:Read More
Welcome to rachelposner.com: The Nature of Yoga. The seed of this site was planted many moons ago but it took the support, love and brilliance of Wanna Johansson to bring it to fruition. Isn’t that how it is sometimes? We talk a lot about support. We spend hours in therapies of one sort or another exploring why it is so difficult to ask for help.Read More
Last summer I led a yoga and nature retreat with Beck Shatles and Wanna and Toby Johansson. I’ve been home for just over 2 months and as I begin to plan for our next Costa Rica Retreat in May, I am asking myself, what made it so magical? And more importantly, what magic am I still carrying with me? While a retreat can be an incredible experience in the moment, it should also nourish, support and inform our lives moving forward. So how did it change and grow me? Was there a magic ingredient?Read More
What is your secret?
We all have them: ideas about what we might offer, things we want to do, experiences we want to have. Sometimes our ideas feel too big or too scary. So we keep the ideas a secret. Sometimes they feel so big that we even hide them from ourselves. We put them in a little box inside our hearts and close them up tight. Other times, we let the box open a crack. For me...Read More
Part of entering into an intelligent yoga practice is to shift the judgements or opinions generated from the mind about what makes a pose “correct” or “good”. Instead of letting these thoughts lead your practice, consider letting the information - particularly the sensations - arising from the body be your primary guide.Read More