Why Demonstrating Yoga is Not the Same as Teaching Yoga

By Adrian Molina In the modern yoga world, there is often a very significant emphasis on the physical aspect and aesthetics of yoga shapes. Social media platforms are filled with images and videos of individuals performing advanced poses, creating a misconception that the ability to put their bodies in those shapes means they are qualified…

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Three Essential Books on Yoga

by Adrian Molina I’m thrilled to delve into three of my all-time favorite books on yoga. These texts have not only enriched my understanding of yoga but have also profoundly impacted my practice and outlook on life. Let’s start with “Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga“ by David Emerson. This book is more than just a guide; it’s a…

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Struggle Well Book

by Adrian Molina I wanted to take a moment to share with all of you the profound impact that “Struggle Well,” a book by Ken Folk and Josh Goldberg, has had on me, particularly in my work with The Boulder Crest Foundation and their program of the same name. “Struggle Well” isn’t just a book; it’s…

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My Interpretation of Grief: Inspired by Miley Cyrus

by Adrian Molina Do you remember that song from Miley Cyrus? “Wrecking Ball”?  That title. That is grief. Or at least that’s how it felt and feels to me.  This part of the song always gets me… “I put you high up in the sky And now, you’re not coming down It slowly turned, you…

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Discovering the Tranquility of 4-7-8 Breathing

by Adrian Molina Have you ever stumbled upon a technique in the most unexpected of places? For me, it was during a movie scene where a therapist introduced the 4-7-8 breathing technique to a client. Little did I know, this simple yet powerful practice would become a staple in my daily routine. Over the years,…

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The Transformative Power of Yoga and Mindfulness in Community Support

by Adrian Molina Yoga and mindfulness, traditionally seen as tools for personal development, are increasingly recognized for their potential to create significant social change. This transformative power lies in their ability to bring communities together, support marginalized groups, and foster a sense of interconnectedness. The essence of yoga and mindfulness extends beyond the confines of…

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The Tincture of Time

By Adrian Molina So, I caught the flu. The real deal. It hit me hard, keeping me down for over a week. I knew the fever was serious when I started seeing shadowy images of my dog Buddha dancing on the walls. That’s how high the fever was. It came out of nowhere, and despite…

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Building Bridges Not Walls

by Adrian Molina Immigration is a frequent topic of conversation these days—perhaps so much so that I often tune it out. To then realize, hold your horses Adrian, you are one, you were there. You know better. Very often we discuss topics and forget we are talking about people with hopes and dreams. Let’s fight…

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Navigating Loss and Grief

by Adrian Molina Loss and grief are universal experiences that touch us all, yet they often leave us feeling adrift in a sea of emotions. Recently, during a week-long training session aimed at supporting caregivers and law enforcement personnel, I was reminded of the profound impact that death, especially when it involves someone ending their…

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