Author Archives: Joyce Englander

About Joyce Englander

I teach weekly yoga classes in New York City, which focus on moving mindfully and gracefully with the breath. I believe that learning yoga is similar to learning a language, and the more you are around it the more fluent you become. This blog is an opportunity to share my thoughts and re-visit lessons from class; to create a bridge for students to translate their classroom experience into real life. I am interested in how practicing yoga can help to improve people's lives and reduce needless suffering.


I decided to sit down and read The Yoga Sutras the other day. I realized that I had never read them all the way through in one sitting before. This really shouldn’t be that difficult considering that The Yoga Sutras … Continue reading

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The Empty Page

Dropping the anchor, To try to find the middle ground. Down into the “I don’t know” rather than the forms. There is a hesitation. In the chest, a question is uncovered. Is it true? Grounded in my abdomen, I see … Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence

A few years ago, I was new to New York and full of love inside yet I didn’t know very many people yet so I was feeling rather lonely. One Friday night I went to the Open Center because a … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Youth

What if you really could have more energy, your skin could be luminous, and all of those little health complaints you had could go away? But there wasn’t any quick fix? What if you actually had to change your lifestyle and eating habits for such a miracle to occur? Would you have the discipline, drive or desire? Continue reading

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Notes from a Dreamer

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I believe in infinite possibilities. I believe that anything is possible. Sometimes there may be huge, enormous, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but that doesn’t equate to Impossible. Perhaps an idea has never been done before, but does that make it impossible or simply undone? Continue reading

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Karma + The Art of Vinyasa

If finding the intersection between Art & Yoga is of interest to you I hope that you will join Elizabeth Neuse and I for this workshop, which will cultivate your inner artist… and at the very least we’ll make a memory together.

This Saturday, June 18th from 1:30 – 4:00 at Yogaworks in Soho. Continue reading

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Welcome to Earth

“I often thought there ought to be a manual to hand to little kids… called Welcome to Earth…” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. That’s so funny, I often think the same thing. It isn’t like we received these bodies or these minds … Continue reading

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May the Force Be With You

I just found out that today is Star Wars Day. I of course watched Star Wars when I was growing up, and I rediscovered the epic story when I was in my early twenties. Joseph Campbell, who studied mythology and … Continue reading

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Deepening the Conversation

Have you ever dined with someone whom the only opinion you seem to share is that you don’t have the same worldviews? What options for discourse do we have when someone is so sure of what they know? How is the internal dialogue of the nervous system similar to a dinner conversation? The Nervous System Speaks A Language. Once we are able to covert what our body is saying into words, how can we respond? Continue reading

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The First Limb

Yama One of the assignments for the teacher training I am now taking is to write a provided list of vocabulary words on a note card, and then provide the definitions on the other side. I already have at least … Continue reading

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