Yoga Actually Makes Life Harder

I cannot fung shway the FUNK. There is no arrangement or re-arrangement of my unhelpful thoughts, habits, and tendencies that WILL MAKE them HELPFUL. Whether my eating disorder is hidden in the basement or displayed in the living room, whether it is hung on the wall, or placed high up on a shelf, it IS STILL my eating disorder and IT STILL resides in MY house. So EVEN if it is buried behind grandma’s christmas decorations in the attic, I still have the knowledge that it’s there. And HERE is where I believe the “HARD” part of yoga comes into play. NOW that I have both seen and acknowledged that it is NOT helpful, NOW, I have to DO something about it. 

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Andrea Behler
What Makes Me a CRAPPY Yoga Teacher

The massive confusion around our identities is directly linked to believing that we ARE whatever adjective comes after, “I AM.” Not only do we allow ourselves to adjectify ourselves, but even worse, we allow others to do it for us, and yes, we do it to others as well!

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Andrea Behler
MUSIC IS THE DIRT IN YOUR MIND

It’s kind of like believing that the piano is the same thing as the sound of the music coming out of it. Depending upon what chords are being struck, how hard, and in what order, the sound might be heavenly or dreadful…..either way, we must realize we are not the song, nor the lyrics, and quite often not even the composer.

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Andrea Behler
what Your POOP Can Tell You About Your Yoga Practice

Consider the mind like a Kindergarten Classroom. The children are your thoughts and YOU are the teacher. If you don’t establish a schedule and clear boundaries, get ready for lots of half eaten glue sticks, all the Model Magic to be completely dried up, and a chorus of the word poop intertwined with fart noises, on repeat, escalating in volume.

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Andrea Behler
Stretching & Yoga Have NOTHING In Common

Goodness knows we have been inundated with no shortage of perceptions as to WHAT IS YOGA: “yoga is stretching, yoga is touching your toes, yoga is NOT for me, yoga is a cult, yoga is a religion, yoga is for bendy girls in tights, yoga is a fad, yoga is Indian men with beards standing on their heads,” and I’m sure you can offer me a few more after class….

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Andrea Behler
The Correlation Between Google and Mental Illness

When we step back and look at what we have in our minds made REAL….it’s quite comical and tragic all at the same time. Comical in the sense that google is a common word in our vocabulary…just the word itself…google…. google (say it a few times and try not to giggle), most of us don’t even know how we lived before we had INSTANT pocket access to consult this magical ‘googley' kingdom which beholds all information

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Andrea Behler
Why Suffering is a Necessary Accessory to JOY

People are going to die, pets are going to die, and yes, even YOU are going to die. It’s a given. So by trying to avoid suffering, aren’t we really just creating MORE unnecessary suffering? The avoidance gives birth to the dis ease, which gives way to symptoms that include but are not limited to: binge drinking, drugging, eating, not eating, shopping, watching, gambling, sexing, etc.

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Andrea Behler
Why BINGE Eating is Healthy!!

If we want to understand something that is arising within us, we have to be willing to inquire within, to graciously set the table with our finest china and invite ALL of the outcasts, demons, and dragons to the dinner party, not with cynicism or righteousness, but with humility and open arms. Why? Because we ALL just want to be seen, to be heard, and to be acknowledged.

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Andrea Behler
To Believe is Naive

From the beginning, we have been TOLD.  We have been TOLD what to do and how to do it; we have been TOLD what is right and what is wrong; we have been told what to think and how to think it, we have been TOLD to trust….trust our parents, trust our teachers, trust our leaders…..BUT how can we do THAT when we have ONLY been TOLD what trust LOOKS like and have never been encouraged to engage in what trust actually FEELS like. Looking is very different than feeling.  Looking at the car is very different than driving the car.  Looking at a pool of water is very different than diving in. 

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Andrea Behler
Did You Know BEETS Cause Delusion?!?

Beliefs are like beets, they flavor everything they touch.  When eating roasted vegetables with beets, I can no longer experience the true taste of the carrot because it was infected with beet juice, so now, I might believe I don’t like carrots, only, I never got to actually taste the carrot in its true, carrot truth.  So I live my life believing I don’t like carrots and I might even influence other peoples beliefs about the taste of carrots because I have been fooled by the flavor of the: beet belief.

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Andrea Behler