Author: Nina Rubin

No Coincidences: Beginning the Journey into Iyengar Yoga

  By Nina Rubin There are no coincidences, especially in yoga. I opened my first B.K.S. Iyengar book on a recent morning to learn more about the poses I’ve been practicing. I’m trying to memorize learn the Sanskrit words for all the poses, including postures like eagle (garudasana) and plow (halasana). As a student of yoga for the last decade, with greater emphasis and practice over the last five years, it’s about time. I’ve been that student in class who glances up when the teacher says Utthita Parivṛtta Aṅjaneyāsana. Sheepishly I look at the other students who seem to...

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Dear Yoga Teacher: Can You Turn Down (or off) the Music?

By Nina Rubin When I think of taking yoga classes, I imagine clean, spacious rooms, gleaming wood or bamboo floors with straight lines and a quiet, peaceful vibe. I try to get to at least two yoga classes a week to round out my other fitness routines and love the feeling of arriving to class a few minutes early to lay on the cool floor. I feel anticipation when I think of the meditation of the movements and breath. However, in recent classes, I’ve been affected by music being played by the instructors. You see, my favorite teachers don’t...

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Ask Nina: My Husband Passed Away, How Do I Move On?

  By Nina Rubin   Dear Nina, My husband passed away 8 months ago from a car crash. I can’t seem to get through this. All I can think about is how I didn’t do enough or that I could have been better to him and I miss him so much. We have a daughter and I try to focus on her but I feel like everything I do with her is fake. How do I go on? Signed, Grieving   Dear Grieving, I’m so sorry to read your sentiments and learn about your grief. A sudden loss of...

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Branding a Life vs. Living a Life: The Social Media Conundrum.

  By Nina Rubin   In 2011, Catarina Fake popularized the term “FOMO,” or fear of missing out. Ironically, five years later, we’re still talking about it, experiencing it and wondering how we can curate our Instagram feeds so we look like we’re the nuclei of the universe. A year later, in 2012, Anil Dash wrote about “JOMO,” the joy of missing out, when his wife went into labor the same night as his Prince concert tickets. Naturally, he skipped the concert and witnessed the birth of his child. Now it’s 2016 and I have two Instagram feeds, three...

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Femininity or Feminism? Is there Room for Both?

By Nina Rubin It’s really hard to be a young woman in today’s society. Granted, I don’t know what it was like to be a young woman in prior generations, yet today our concerns are different than those of our mothers and grandmothers. Specifically, I’m thinking about the major backlash and gender shaming against women who identify themselves as feminists, by none other than one of our foremothers. Gloria Steinem, a long standing feminist icon, recently went on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and explained why Bernie Sanders was winning a voting base among young women. She suggests...

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