Author Archives: DjunaPassman

About DjunaPassman

I practice and teach yoga. I attempt to carry what I learn on my mat and through my students into the real world. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I am grumpy and less than kind. I started life as a dancer, moved on to choreographing, worked as a dance/movement therapist, then realized the wonders of a regular yoga practice. I am a realist - whether the glass is half full or half empty you are bound to spill its contents if you are wearing white (this is why I wear black so often). I am not an expert on yoga, life, or anything else for that matter. I do my best to keep my mind and my heart open every day (some days are better than others).

Dear New Yoga Student

To everyone attending their very first yoga class this year (and there are a whole lot of you as we enter the first full week of 2020), Thank you for showing up, not for me as your teacher or for … Continue reading

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Come Closer

Several years ago I discovered the poetry of Anis Mojgani.  A yoga teacher shared pieces of his poem, Shake the Dust, in a class I took. I immediately Googled him and then listened to him recite the poem over and … Continue reading

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I hear the voice before I round the bend actually catching sight of her. My patience for people walking the nature trails while having a phone conversation having run out days ago I am instantly annoyed. As I begin tuning … Continue reading

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Being Seen & Heard

The other day, after class, two long-time regular students were quietly chatting about the recent privatization of the local jail. A student who began attending class regularly last month started asking questions, in earnest at first. She hadn’t figured out … Continue reading

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Well…How Did I Get Here?

As I write down dates for the two teacher trainings and retreat I’m co-leading in 2020 the Talking Heads song, “Once in a Lifetime” pops into my head. “And you may ask yourself, ‘Well…How did I get here?’” Eight years … Continue reading

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Yoga Retreat in Greece

Close your eyes…envision Summer 2020… Feel the gentle warmth of the setting sun on your face and shoulders as you soak in the last golden hues of light casting out over the Aegean Sea and mountains. Contentedly tired after a … Continue reading

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Reflecting on 2018

On more than one occasion I mentioned to someone that 2018 had been a really challenging year for me only to be met with a quizzical look. On the outside, 2018 was a great year both professionally and personally. Internally, … Continue reading

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Coming Home

A few days ago, I stepped back on my yoga mat and back into the studio to teach after a four week break from both my own practice and teaching. I didn’t intentionally set out to take such a long … Continue reading

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January Book of the Month

I wanted to start the year out with a book that is not just one of my favorites, but one that you can return to all year long. Meditations from the Mat offers short, one to two pages, reading delving … Continue reading

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Women’s Yoga Workshop

It that time again, one year is coming to a close and a new year looms bright and full of possibility on the horizon. In other words, resolution making time. Who has made resolutions in the past, or even for … Continue reading

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