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Finding the “Optimal” Place in the Pose (Part 1: The Breath)

Originally Posted Sept. 25, 2013 Updated February 19-28, 2023 The “Theme of the Year, or however long it takes,” as I called it back in 2013, has come back in classes.  This theme—it’s a project or process, really—is “Finding the ‘Optimal’ Place in the Pose.”  Stating...

Lazy?

12/1-18/2022 (Note: You might be wondering at the title combined with the more than two weeks this writing took. Actually, this blog was almost completely written in the first four days, and yes, did include a moment of looking at some resistance to writing more and...

I Hope the Divine Mother…

November 13, 2022 (A note added later: I wrote the below after noticing this phenomenon happening in my mind. I was not going to publish it, but events arose that seem to indicate that it might be good to do so, including a quote from Amrit Desai again: “Living in the...
Why Involve Ourselves in Physical Yoga?

Why Involve Ourselves in Physical Yoga?

May 15-20, 2022 I’ve gotten variations on this question several times over the past month or so, so it appears that this is the thing to write about. In classes, I was recently reading the chapter entitled “You Are Not Who You Appear to Be” from Stephen Cope’s Yoga...

Death, Part Two

Death, Part Two

DEATH, PART TWOApril 17, 2022 “Mrityorma Amritam Gamaya.—Lead us from death to immortality” is part of a traditional Sanskrit prayer chanted across Indian traditions. (The full prayer is written on the front wall in the Yoga Shala.) This blog follows Death, Part One....

Death, Part One

Death, Part One

DeathFebruary 22 (2/22/22)-March 2, 2022 “Good for him.” -Ti Please don’t read this blog if you are uncomfortable with the fact of death. Seriously. What follows is not meant to be “touchy-feely” or “feel good” kind of stuff. Just real and in some cases, brutally...

Thay Left His Physical Body

Thay Left His Physical Body

January 22-26, 2022 One of my earliest teachers and influences on the Path, Thich Nhat Hanh, left left his physical body last Friday, January 21. He was 95. He had returned to Vietnam a few years ago to die, as I understood it. I had been expecting to hear this news...

Yoga On the Mat Is Getting Harder

Yoga On the Mat Is Getting Harder

December 16-17, 2021 One woman recently commented that the bow pose was pretty easy for her, and I said that sometimes we can easily get to the bony limitations in the poses, though the number of those poses for me are becoming fewer and fewer. A long time student and...

Yoga is Stressful … OR Yoga as Stress-Reduction

Yoga is Stressful … OR Yoga as Stress-Reduction

October 28-November 1, 2021 “Yoga is stressful.”“Yoga is stressful?”“At least the way that you do it!” -a piece of my inner dialogue during my asana practice this morning A little later, I read this tidbit: “I tell students who are studying to be teachers, ‘Don’t be a...

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