This Very Body

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Nov 01, 2006

“[This] very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now . . . with its aches and its pleasures . . . is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.”

—Pema Chödrön, teacher of Tibetan Buddhism and director of Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at