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 Thoughts on life, heartbreak, politics, and the rest

I tend to post all these on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/juliejcp


 

Permission to Feel (Or, What Superdogs Taught Me About Yoga): Anxiety can really put a wrench in joy. And Superdogs.

The Relationship Funeral: Rituals for a Breakup: Breakups suck. These techniques help us process them.

Subjectify Me! 5 Ways to Tell if an Image is Objectifying: Do you ever see an image and get the “no” feeling? How to identify it, and techniques for new, better possibilities.

Why the Sexy Equinox Yoga Video Pissed Me Off  Beautiful women in black underwear in apartments that look like glass boxes selling yoga make me feel uncomfortable.

Bherunda: the Naked Moon Goddess: A goddess for our vulnerability and desire in times of change or fear.

In Praise of Periods: What if we could see our menstrual cycles as a superpower rather than a handicap?

Is Yoga just Christianity in Disguise?: Have you accepted Downward Dog into your heart as your true Lord and Saviour?

Fat Is Not An Emotion: But we all feel it don’t we? It’s just another way for the man to keep us down!

 Getting Naked in the Garden: We all like to tell ourselves that things were better before that thing happened that one time, right?

I’m White. Say I have “Neutral Ethnicity.” I dare you: I got a rage pony when our country thought it would be a good idea to put someone with “neutral ethnicity” on our bills.

Secrets of a Great Yoga Class and the Movie Titanic: How Titanic exeplifies a great yoga class (stick with me)

I Need to Be In Control: And other thoughts on trigger warnings, after watching Girl with a Dragon Tattoo unawares.

Not all men fantasize about being a clueless baby man with a hot wife: Let’s throw out the gender stereotypes now, shall we?

 In Defense of Anger–or, Life Lessons from the Incredible Hulk. If you’ve seen the Avengers, you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t, you’ll still get it.
For when you are so deep in love you don’t know how to get out {poem}: A video of me doing a ‘sad’ poem

 How to Spot a Predator in Your Yoga Studio and What To Do About It: a piece addressing safe space in the Yoga community (yup, it’s an issue there just like everywhere else!)

To All the Men I’ve Ever Known and to Those I haven’t Met Yet: I Want You To Know 10 Things: a piece celebrating (yes, celebrating!) men

 Tantric Philosophy, Sex ‘Til Dawn, and the Smell of your Armpits [poem]: a video of me doing a ‘sexy’ poem

10 Things I learned at the San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference: Day 1. Day 2 and 3 are linked at the bottom of the page.

Time to Shut The Hell Up: You Know, Yogically : Why we need time to stop talking and be silent

Poem: Creepy, but Thoughtful: a performance of a poem I wrote about my strange skin condition

On Why I Dressed as my Ex for Halloween. : Old ghosts come up in the strangest of ways.

How Yoga Can Make You A Better Artist (Hangover Optional) : the theory behind Creative Flow.

Why I Won’t Occupy Any Street. My biased experience of protesting and why I don’t do it.

Why Lying Broken In a Pile on Your Floor is a Good Idea: When you are at your most hurt, most sad, most broken, you are also at your most powerful.

How to Lie to Yourself Better: How your brain’s job is to make up shit about reality, and how you can harness your inner liar.

Yoga, Anorexia, Torture, and Biceps Made of Fighter Jets: my experience with eating disorders and yoga

 When Yoga is Not Like Sex. And When it is Like Sex. Yoga should be sexy. Don’t you think?

In Which Rumi and I Write Ourselves Melancholy Birthday Letters. Rumi and I have the same birthday. Seriously.