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Layers of Life & Yoga: How Time & Experience Heal. ~ Alena Gerst

Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 in ElephantJournal.com | Comments Off on Layers of Life & Yoga: How Time & Experience Heal. ~ Alena Gerst

When I was 16 years old, my first boyfriend broke up with me at a rock concert. We weren’t together long, even by teenage standards, and it wasn’t exactly a serious relationship, but my heart was nonetheless broken. I imagine many of us recall the unique sting of a first-time heartbreak, and for me I remember swearing off that rock band forever. Last week I was walking down the street in New York City (how many great stories start off that way?), listening to a 90′s mix my husband put on my ipod. Suddenly, that band from my childhood… that song (at least as I remember it) from my first teen heartbreak moment 20 years earlier filled my head. Not only was it a good song,...

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Truth Is A Quiet Thing

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in ElephantJournal.com | Comments Off on Truth Is A Quiet Thing

As a professional performing artist for over 10 years in musical theater, I adored the process of making a show. The rehearsal process meant learning and honing new music and choreography, drilling it to as close to perfection as possible, and of course making new friends and acquiring new skills. But nothing compared to the moment the curtain went up and there was an audience. My kicks were higher, smile broader, adrenaline was coursing through my body and my voice felt more expansive than ever. All those hours in class and in rehearsals paid off big time. So it was quite a shock for me to take my first yoga class, and truth be told, I didn’t appreciate it much. Where...

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