Letter from Lori: Defining What we Do

For many of us who make our way as entrepreneurs in the world (and yes, that includes most yoga teachers whether you own a studio or not), the new Mandatory Career Punctuation these days seems to be a slash. In other words, we can’t just say something simple like, “I teach yoga.”    And why […]

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Letter from Lori: Writing Your Best Bio

Telling the world who we are is, for many of us, one of the most challenging things to do. If you’ve ever had to write a bio, you have probably struggled at least some with how to capture your unique tone and voice and history and life and then put all of that into a […]

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Letter from Lori: Writing a Teacher Training Manual (or book, or any big project)

Have you ever tried to start a project that felt huge, only to find you were so stuck on the idea of how big the project was that you couldn’t seem to start? If any of you have every tried to write a yoga teacher training manual (or a book of any kind), you might […]

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Letter from Lori: The Elusive Voice

It’s been a looooong time since I’ve written a newsletter! I do have a good reason, though: I’ve been working like mad to finish my novel, yippee! (And P.S.: I also got engaged!!!). Now I’m off to the next step of querying agents to find one who’s the perfect match for both me and my […]

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Letter from Lori: The Fraud Factor

When I first started teaching yoga, I sometimes felt like the Wizard of Oz: you know, all huge and knowing on the surface, but really just hoping no one pulled aside the curtain to reveal the very human creature hiding behind it. Sometimes it felt as though everyone else was a real teacher and I was a […]

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Letter from Lori: Activating your Awesomeness

As some of you might know, I write for teens and young adults, and I spend a lot of time in that world of writers. In that community there’s a well-known acronym: DFTBA. What does it mean? Well, while it is, of course, more fun to create your own meaning, the actual “official” one is […]

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Letter from Lori: Harnessing Imagination

As a writer, the ability to imagine is something I prize pretty highly.Now, before I go any further, I want to make one thing perfectly clear: you have an amazing imagination.Yes. You. Even if you’ve been told otherwise, even if you absolutely do not consider yourself creative or artistic, even if the idea of making something up causes you to […]

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Letter From Lori: The Critical Phase

There comes a time in each of our lives where we have to go public. Let someone see us. Get vulnerable. If you’re a serious yoga practitioner, chances are you’ve practiced getting vulnerable on your mat. And you’ve probably gotten better at it. Sending something out into the world–or even to a few close friends–for […]

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Letter From Lori: Out of Your Mind (and onto the page)

It’s official. I declare 2012 the Year for Getting Out of Our Minds. Seriously. What better way to ring in a year of such prophetic import? I began my preparation last November by joining 200,000 of my closest friends in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is “a month of literary abandon,” in which crazy […]

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Letter from Lori: Being Brilliant

Hey you. Brilliant one. Yes, I’m talking to you. Did you forget how awesome you are? I know. We all do that sometimes. The other day I was called by a panicked yoga studio owner who needed a last-minute sub for a class. I had never taken the class before, didn’t know the teacher very […]

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