“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

Waking Up With A Gasp

By Erin | August 7, 2013

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Asheville, NC, where I got to spend a few days with dear friends, with my business coach and with 150 amazing people who are stepping up to change the world with their work. That was fun! :) Here’s me and my coach. I’m feeling super inspired, and…

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Petting the Lizard

By Erin | July 24, 2013

I’ve been thinking so much in the last few days about the inner lizard – in essence – a funny label for the part of us connected with the deepest, most primitive part of our brain. The reptilian brain. It’s a part of us which is much slower to be neuroplastic than other parts –…

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If you knew you were dying…

By Erin | July 15, 2013

Way back in the day when I was an inspired teenager working at the old Golden Braid Bookstore on Broadway, I used to love to write inspiring quotes in various places to inspire us behind the counter. One line has never stopped touching me as intensely as the first time I read it and wrote…

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Inner Divestment & Positivity

By Carl | July 12, 2013

Oh, blessed rain! On the porch earlier this morning, the sound of rain dripping from gutters, the quiet of a holiday morning when people are not rushing off to places… a favorite line from Mary Oliver comes to mind: “Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning! Watch now how I start the day in happiness, in…

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This Summer + A Great Poem

By Erin | June 28, 2013

We’ve had a wonderful whirlwind start to the season with travel and guests, more travel and more guests and lots of good times. We’ve had family in town this week visiting from Chicago and Cape Cod. Mesa’s been in total bliss-land playing with his older cousins all day long for days in a row. It’s…

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Squeezing Drops From The Sun

By Carl | June 24, 2013

Greetings, Just off the road from an amazing week of Embodied Life training in California. Wow. So much. In this moment I am touched by how powerful it is to witness this group of adults unfolding into themselves, ourselves…the openness, the lightness, the trust, the vulnerability…As one student and friend recently said of these practices:…

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Trusting Your Life

By Carl | June 17, 2013

As I sit down to write this I notice a kind of forward pull of excitement as we are getting ready to drive to California for a week of training in our Embodied Life mentoring program. There is a vitality, a feeling like the needle of a compass humming northward… As I sit with this…

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It’s Your Time

By Erin | June 10, 2013

I returned late last night from a wonderful weekend in Atlanta with my business mentor and an incredible group of people from all over the world. It was my first time leaving Mesa at home – and honestly, I had a blast. :) I was honored to be one of 6 women featured on stage…

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Is it making you kinder? + How to ruin a good question.

By Erin | June 3, 2013

Some years ago I read this line, and I don’t even remember where. But I’ve never forgotten it, and it strikes me as brilliant. “Why ruin such a good question with an answer?” – Jewish proverb I love open questions, and letting them percolate in my consciousness, never quite resolving themselves, but bringing light to…

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To be Idle and Blessed and Last of the Drop-ins

By Carl | May 27, 2013

This week I have been reflecting on a line from Stephen Levine- “If you knew you only had one hour to live, who would you call and what would you say? And what keeps you doing that now?” What keeps us from doing that now? This week there have been several reminders of the incredible…

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The Power of Attention + Do You Make Your Life a Problem?

By Erin | May 17, 2013

This morning I am feeling grateful for my many teachers over the past 20 years pointing to this simple fact: My attention is one of my most powerful tools. How I use my attention literally creates my experience of the world. After years and years, I’m getting it in a deep way. Like last night,…

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Are you correcting yourself? Standing tall with ease.

By Carl | May 14, 2013

Have you been outside yet? What new smells were there? What birds have made their amazing journey back from the south? I love a story that Martin Prechtel writes about his shamanic studies with his teacher in Guatemala. As the two would walk through the jungle, his teacher, Chiv, would suddenly stop and say “How…

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Mesa is 3! Photos & Praise for…

By Erin | May 6, 2013

I am feelin’ the love this morning. Feeling praise!!! May I share? We had such a fantastic week celebrating Mesa’s 3rd birthday. (We’re always up for stretching out the occasion to celebrate, and we’ve been doin’ it up for this birthday for a straight week!) We went to one of our favorite places on earth…

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Dead Butterflies, What You Think You Know, and Mysteries, Yes!

By Carl | April 26, 2013

A note from Carl ~ “I know her so well that she is completely and utterly unknown to me.” -Gabriel Garcia Marquez (speaking of his wife) This morning I am enlivened by the kind of knowing that is described by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Do you ever find yourself thinking “Oh, I already know that…’” ?…

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Is Your Body too Small for You?

By Erin | April 22, 2013

Good morning! I just came downstairs from my meditation cushion with a thought/insight/remembrance that I want to share with you. My body is too small for me. And my guess is your body is too small for you too. Here’s some food for thought from two wonderful teachers: “In both Western and Tibetan cultures, having…

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Calling to Your Hidden Wholeness and 2 favorite Poems

By Carl | April 15, 2013

Happy rainy spring morning to you. We are still basking in the delight of having had Russell Delman in town for an Embodied Life weekend. What comes to mind as I reflect on the weekend is a line from Rachel Naomi Remen on the root of education: Educare- the root of the word education means “to lead…

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A note from Erin

By Erin | April 8, 2013

I’ve been having fun falling for a new (to me) poet, Tara Mohr. This morning, contemplating my brave choice to relax with the piles of paper on my desk and that sense of “It’s ok for me to be as I am” reminded me of this poem of hers which I’d like to share. It…

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A note from Carl

By Carl | April 1, 2013

“Serious mind is always exhausted,but play mind always has energy.” -Thinley Norbu Rinpoche “Through awareness, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age.” – Moshe Feldenkrais “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And…

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Trusting Your Hut (that’s not a typo), Sharing Your Gifts & Poems for Spring

By Erin | March 27, 2013

Carl and I had great fun on our date night this week dreaming up and planning out our teaching schedule through January 2014. There’s SO much that wants to come through the two of us, and we both feel we’re just barely opening the flood gates to allow it to emerge. I hope you’ll take…

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4 Powerful Questions and a favorite Mary Oliver poem

By Erin | December 20, 2012

Winter is surely here. It was just 19 degrees when I woke up this morning. Now I’m sitting by the fire in our very quiet house. Just me and my cat Bhakti, who is stretched out in a sunbeam, while Carl and Mesa are out adventuring at my parents’ ranch. A rare time of quiet…

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Self-Awareness Through Movement

By Erin | November 22, 2012

Thursday Evenings 6:30-7:45pm @ Pinnacle Performance 1515 s 1100 e We’re so pleased to be joining Pinnacle Performance and sharing our ongoing Feldenkrais classes at their beautiful new location. Feel free to join us and a great group of folks for an evening of somatic explorations. Drop in to a class or sign up for…

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Improve the Way You Walk

By Erin | November 22, 2012

Sunday 11/18 1-3:30 pm at Avenues Yoga 68 K Street I snicker when I remember someone saying to me that they attended one of our walking classes, so they “had that” and didn’t need to revisit the topic. I laughed because, gosh, after many years of exploring lessons in this realm myself, I STILL learn…

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Liberate Your Hips

By Erin | November 22, 2012

Saturday  November 3 1-4:30 at Avenues Yoga 68 K Street Who doesn’t need this ? And even those of us who’ve done hip-liberating lessons before – with all the sitting most of us do, a refresher is always helpful. Lessons for liberating the hips are among our favorites in the Feldenkrais repertoire – and perfectly…

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Embodied Essentials: Ground, Center and Breath

By Erin | November 22, 2012

A weekend immersion (our last of 2012) October 27-28 9:30-5pm each day at Vitalize Studio in Sugarhouse 2154 s Highland Drive We’re thrilled to have a whole weekend to explore three of the most important somatic principles and practices to support a vibrant, embodied life: Your connection to the ground An ability to move and live from…

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Avenues Yoga – Teacher Training

By Erin | November 22, 2012

In January, Avenues Yoga begins a yoga teacher training in which I (Erin) will be guest-teaching over 3 weekends. I’m delighted to be co-teaching this training along with my dear friends and colleagues, Erin Menut, Peter Francyk, and Charlotte Bell. Click here for more details.

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Annual Restorative Retreat

By Erin | November 22, 2012

Annual Restorative Retreat at Snowbird with Erin: New format 9am-4pm Saturday, 10-5pm Sunday. Limited space. Spa access included. $125 each day, preregistration required. The retreat is now full. Contact me if you’d like to be on a waiting list: ErinGeesamanRabke@gmail.com

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“Save It For a Shark Attack”

By Carl | November 1, 2012

“Save it for a shark attack” is a phrase that that Erin and I have been offering each other lately as a humorous reminder. This summer when we went to visit my mom who lives on Cape Cod, there was a good amount of Great White Shark presence in everyone’s consciousness.  Our shark-obsessed 2 year…

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When I Met My Muse

By Carl | October 25, 2012

What a delight to be surprised by snow on the green leaves this morning. A couple weeks ago when we attended Michael Meade’s workshop on “Discovering Your Genius” he reminded me of a favorite poem of mine from William Stafford that feels perfect for a snowy October morning… When I Met My Muse I glanced…

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The quickest way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans.

By Erin | October 18, 2012

My best friend during junior high and high school spent her early years in Texas, and I think that’s why she was a fount of creative snappy sayings I’d never heard before. One I never forgot (and in fact remember often) is this: The quickest way to make God laugh is to tell him your…

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Peaches, Your Lovely Bones & Registration opens today for Restorative Retreat

By Erin | October 4, 2012

This morning I’m writing from our red couch with my feet in a sunbeam, soaking up the warmth. It’s fall alrighty! Porch weather is not over yet, but I’m craving cozy this morning. We had a wonderful trip to Crestone – and now we’re happy to be home, batteries fully recharged after our retreat, and…

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