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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am an architect and father from Cambridge, MA. The blog's name, The Awkward Pose, refers a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build leg strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity out from under our feet. The objective is to achieve balance without stability. The blog features entries that address opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. Entries emphasize my personal experience in yoga, my evolving connection with Haiti, and my observations as a citizen of the United States.

Foot Chakras

In honor of Earth Day our yoga instructor Maureen led a class that emphasized our connection to the earth.  We began in Toe Squat Pose. Toe Squat is a yin pose, and like most yin poses, it looks easy but … Continue reading

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8 Movie Scenes that Shaped my Life

Mary Poppins – 1964 Jane and Michael Banks leave their house with Bert and Mary. Michael slithers around the column in the front of their house.  That image is the genesis of my fascination with the intersection of architecture and … Continue reading

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Chelsea Handler and the Nonagenarian Nun

Twice a year I drive out to Albany for lunch. It’s not an efficient trip. I drive three hours each way along the Mass Pike to spend two, maybe three, hours with my ninety-two year old aunt. Aunt Fran is … Continue reading

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Giddy Yoga

I completed my RYT200 yoga Teacher Training yesterday. I’m a yoga teacher.  The class is organized as 200 hours of work over eight weeks but I channeled my inner geek and logged a lot more than that.  In addition to … Continue reading

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The Upside of Discriminatory Legislation

Recent legislative actions aimed against gay people, such as Arizona’s failed attempt to allow businesses select discrimination or Uganda’s draconian anti-homosexuality law, might imply that gay rights are under siege as never before.  But that perspective is wrong. Gay rights … Continue reading

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Restorative Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is like making a feast out of nothing. The poses are easy, barely poses at all.  We hold them a long time; so long I forget I’m in a pose. When the tinkling bell goes off to change … Continue reading

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Krishnamacharya: Lynchpin Between Ancient and Modern Yoga

Newton took the apple out of the Garden of Eden and used it to demonstrate gravity. Franklin sucked lightening out of the sky and channeled it to the earth.  Then Edison captured it in a bulb. Over the past 500 … Continue reading

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Barbara Trachtenberg: Photos of Cuba

I met Barbara through a novelist writers group.  While I moved from fiction to narrative non-fiction and essays, Barbara evolved into photography, painting, and poetry.  This weekend Barbara will present her photo series about Cuba at Newton Open Studios. Here is … Continue reading

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Politics: Will I Play the Money Game?

This essay was published by WBUR Cognoscenti, on March 26, 2014. http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2014/03/26/elizabeth-warren-jeanne-shaheen-scott-brown-paul-e-fallon The buzz about Scott Brown running for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire struck closer when an email from Elizabeth Warren showed up in my inbox. Her missive … Continue reading

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Iyangar Provides a Restorative Antidote to Power Yoga

In my quest to explore different types of yoga, I took a 75-minute restorative Iyangar class at Om Namo in Cambridge with Ally McAlpin. Four students met in an unheated.  We began class with our mats short end to the … Continue reading

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