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Puppy Breath.

images-3I instruct my students to witness their breath as they would watch a sleeping puppy.  If the puppy’s breathing was slow and peaceful, it might lull you to sleep.  If the breathing was funny, snore-ish, or twitchy, you might be amused and curious.   If the breath was jagged, maybe sick or struggling, your heart would pour open and you would do what you could to help.

So while it is easy to be so hard on ourselves and to wish for a better more perfect round of savasana or meditation, on Valentine’s Day consider treating yourself as you would treat a warm puppy, with delight care, affection, and attention.

The fact that you can imagine a lovable sleeping puppy right now, means you really are a nice person and you deserve it.

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Maria Young Ace Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500) Independent Contractor providing the following services: Office Management, Bookkeeping, Web Design, Marketing and Instruction in Yoga and Martial Arts for children and adults. Black Belt, 4 year program, LockBoxing. Maria studied under Erik Lee and won Grand Champion at the Kuk Sool Tri-State Tournament in 2006. Experience Certified Yoga Instructor: 700 hour level. At Piedmont Yoga, Maria’s main instructors were Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee, and Clare Finn. To them she is eternally grateful. Richard Rosen, founder Piedmont Yoga Studio & editor of Yoga Journal says: “Among the 30...students Maria was always among the more assiduous and adept.  If you’re thinking of adding Yoga instruction to your program, then I highly recommend Maria for the job.” College: CSULB: B.A. English Literature, UC Berkeley: M.A. Comparative Literature