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Marley
Baltimore based Yoga Instructor
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Now blue October, smoky in the sun, Must end the long, sweet summer of the heart. The last brief visit of the birds is done, They sing the autumn songs before they part. Listen, how lovely---there's the thrush we heard When June was small with roses, and the bending Blossom... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2011 at marley keller yoga
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A Small Green Island There is a small green island where one white cow lives alone, a meadow of an island. The cow grazes till nightfull, full and fat, but during the night she panics and grows thin as a single hair. What shall I eat tomorrow? There is nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at marley keller yoga
YOGA can be a cure or a necessary relief from almost any kind of pain. Today (finally), more and more Dr's, osteopaths, physical therapists, and other health practitioners are beginning to see the numerous benefits of yoga. In my own teaching, I work with those dealing with certain discomforts and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at marley keller yoga
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"A Human being being human, out of breath burns the strangeness to ash, and breathes deeper. When you drift up, remember: Fold in on yourself as clouds do to open downward their water bags of rain." - Rumi It’s been awhile since I’ve written about a specific classification of asanas;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at marley keller yoga
I was interviewed for this article by a friend, Julie Turner. Svasana on the Job: Yoga Classes in the Corporate World - Baltimore yoga | Examiner.com. What would you say a typical corporate employee deals with on a daily bases? Project deadlines, company politics, client satisfaction, pay cuts and long... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at marley keller yoga
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Solomon Ant This feverish desiring does not calm down, because God does not want it to. Wishes and wantings come from there. When my shirt is wet, blame the sea. We soul-fish swim among the fishing lines of what we want, unable to imagine the beauty of the fisher-people jiggling... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at marley keller yoga
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Strange Business You sit here for days saying, “This is strange business.” You’re the strange business. You have the energy of the sun in you, but you keep knotting it up at the base of your spine. You’re some weird kind of gold that wants to stay melted in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2011 at marley keller yoga
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Pale sunlight, pale the wall. Love moves away. The light changes. I need more grace than I thought. -Rumi Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at marley keller yoga
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5 years ago, in a Buddhist Thought course I happened to be taking, we were given a reading from a book entitled Nothing Special: Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck. In this book, she lays out a rather extended metaphor, likening humans to ice cubes. The reading is something that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at marley keller yoga
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I am drumming, I am drumming, I am drumming for my Love's ever nearing union. They say get a life. What is all this drumming? I swear to that Love, the day that I stop drumming, is the day that I will stop living. - Rumi Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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Change rooms in your mind for a day. All the hemispheres in existance Lie beside an equator In your heart. Greet Yourself In your thousand other forms As you mount the hidden tide and travel back home. -Hafiz “Change rooms in your mind for a day...” …sounds enticing doesn’t it?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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Snowy Night Last night, an owl in the blue dark tossed an indeterminate number of carefully shaped sounds into the world, in which, a quarter of a mile away, I happened to be standing. I couldn’t tell which one it was – the barred or the great-horned ship of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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By Kabir I said to the wanting-creature inside me: What is this river you want to cross? There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road. Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting? There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened because of some disagreement about names. It is such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing there is a long table of companionship set and waiting for us to sit down. What is praised is one, so the praise... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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I'm done dating men. I want to get... I’m done with men-I’ve decided to date Yoga. Yes, at first that may sound funny, but think about it. Men can be unreliable. They don’t always listen. They can be dishonest, and tend, at times, to act like children. The list goes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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“Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life” -Hafiz After a brief 2 week hiatus, I am back to teaching. This week’s focus: Extensions. Extensions are a group of asanas where the spine remains vertical. Some examples of extensions are: tadasana, virabhadrasana II, dandasana, and gomukasana. Because the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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I find it a great honor as a yoga instructor to have designated time slots each week to basically talk about whatever I want to talk about. Yes, there are some things I incorporate every week into my classes, a type of loose framework, but I get to make the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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Desire and the Importance of Failing A window opens. A curtain pulls back. The lamp of lovers connect, not at their ceramic bases, but in their lightedness. No lover wants union with the Beloved without the Beloved also wanting the lover. Love makes the lover weak, while the Beloved gets... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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Last week, my classes focused on backbending- the energy of expansion. The idea of embracing, realizing, and even becoming that which is unknown. This week, we turn to look at the other side of the coin: forward folding- the energy of reduction, introspection, going inside. We shift from lifting the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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"Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings." -Rumi It has been SO WONDERFUL to get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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Elephant in the Dark Some Hindus have an elephant to show. No one here has ever seen an elephant. They bring it at night to a dark room. One by one, we go in the dark room and come out saying how we experience the animal. One of us happens... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at marley keller yoga
...I am teaching yoga again!!! After a brief month and a half hiatus, I have re-entered the yoga world-refreshed, renewed, and ready to pick up where I left off...or rather, start fresh somewhere new! After spending a month taking classes in Sacramento and Davis, meeting with people, teaching demo classes,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at marley keller yoga
Phillip Askew, yoga instructor, and Lydia Walker, formerly of the School of American Ballet, present their "Variations On Surya Namaskara" Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at marley keller yoga
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Warrior 2 along Ragged Point Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at marley keller yoga
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."- Helen Keller So after taking 4 years to develop my private yoga practice in Baltimore, MD, just when things were settling down, I have decided to uproot and move to California! As a yogi and yoga instructor moving from the extreme East... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at marley keller yoga