Author: Alice Dommert

Musings on wholebeing@work
Building Your Boat

Building Your Boat

When I was a student in yoga teacher training, I was not the star of the class. Far from it. I practiced yoga 2-3 times a week and with the busy schedule I had running my exhibit design and architecture business and raising two young children I was rather proud that I was doing that. In my life, in...

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The Bearded Lady

The Bearded Lady

I rarely listen to the radio, but my Spotify connection on my phone was not working last week. I turned the radio to the Elvis Duran show, usually a chaotic mishmash of phone taps and talk of Hollywood and other things I do not keep up with. I heard a woman speaking about a song. I could feel the...

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Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders

I was thinking over the weekend that it feels ironic that some days I am spreading the work to get your body moving and other days I am all about sitting still in meditation. It feels like opposing messages. They are opposite, but not opposing. We need both. One of the beautiful gifts of the...

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What is yoga?

What is yoga?

He was a man in his early 60’s who earnestly asked the question. “What is yoga?” I was doing a presentation for a large accounting firm in Philadelphia. At first, I was not sure if he was serious. Then I felt so happy that he asked. After the presentation, we talked and in fact, he did...

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A space at home

A space at home

Last week I wrote about my decisions to quit the gym in lieu of a home practice guided by my online teachers. For me that strategy better supports my commitment of a daily habit of movement. This decision coincided with an opportunity to continue working toward a more minimalist lifestyle, which...

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Your guide to buying a yoga mat

Your guide to buying a yoga mat

[audio m4a="/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Your-Guide-To-Buying-A-Yoga-May.m4a"][/audio]   If my home ever had a fire you’d find me, without hesitation, lunging for my yoga mat. Perhaps that seems an odd choice. It is one of my most treasured possessions. I wanted to write about yoga...

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My 5 unexpected business benefits of a trip to Blue Osa, Costa Rica

My 5 unexpected business benefits of a trip to Blue Osa, Costa Rica

At this time of celebrating a new year, it feels like passing the GO in the board game LIFE. There is a feeling of new possibilities. In the game, players receive $200. In life, we have another chance for a better run around the board this year. As is my ritual, in December I took out my goals from...

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Happy 2018. I just quit my gym.

Happy 2018. I just quit my gym.

Yes, I quit the gym just last month. It was a big deal. I’ve belonged to a gym for most of my adult life. So why quit the gym now? In January, the season of new resolutions. In 2017 several things shifted. The gym was a 15-minute drive away. That was 30-minutes I wanted to use in another way....

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The magic of peace

The magic of peace

[audio m4a="/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/The-magic-of-peace.m4a"][/audio] As I spend more and more time writing, I am collecting a group of authors who are my word heroes. They have a way of taking the words available to all of us and arranging them in a shimmering dance of light that feels like...

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completing your year

completing your year

[audio m4a="/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Completing-your-year..m4a"][/audio]   When you are trained as a yoga teacher, you make a promise. It is similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors. We promise to end a yoga practice with rest, with the pose called savasana. In savasana, you allow...

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