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Resistance

“Looking at resistance can reveal the nature of mind, for what we are resisting is often the very thing we say we want.” -Joel Kramer The past month plus in class, the topic of the reading has been resistance (under “Mental Aspects” of yoga practice. About two weeks into the reading (reading a paragraph each… Continue reading Resistance

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An Embodiment of Love

“I WILL be an embodiment of Love. I AM an embodiment of Love.” -Grace Grace, one of my teachers for the past few years, was at Loving Kindness again last Saturday evening talking on “Return to Heart-our only true Home.” The quote above was the main gem for me. There were some points she made… Continue reading An Embodiment of Love

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“Guard the Heart.” or “What’s up with the left shoulder?”

Last week in my practice, one day I was doing what I call “Earth-hugging twist.”  In this case I was lying belly-down with the left arm extended, and reaching over to the left, I rolled over to the left to open the chest/shoulder/arm. This pose is one of my “self-created” poses that I only many… Continue reading “Guard the Heart.” or “What’s up with the left shoulder?”

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Focusing Energy, positively

“Yoga develops the ability to focus energy into specific areas….Learning to focus energy with great depth and precision is a vital part of yoga that is often not emphasized (so I, Ti, am emphasizing it for some time in my classes). This ability [depends] on a quality of mind that is able consciously to sense… Continue reading Focusing Energy, positively

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Calm Abiding

Tomorrow is Bodhi Harmony’s birthday (the son who first came to live with us).  The theme of my classes last week and continuing a little longer has been “calm abiding,” taking the concept from Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Steve Cope, one of my first yoga teachers.  In thinking about writing… Continue reading Calm Abiding

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The Truth Rests

Ti says, "This came through from meditation the day after Bodhi, [#1] was born in our yoga room."   Enamored of the physical body, the Deepest Truth is lost. Enamored of this mind and its constant ramblings, the Spirit That Underlies is lost.   Inside, quiet, deep, still, When were we ever separate? I've known… Continue reading The Truth Rests

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Finding the “Optimal” Place in the Pose (part 3)-Emotion

Nov. 13, 2013 Finding the "Optimal" Place in the Pose (part 3)-Emotion OK. You've come into the pose, are breathing smoothly and steadily; you have a strong, focused awareness, and things feel that they are shifting in what you perceive as a positive directions. You have some awareness to spare, and you begin to spread… Continue reading Finding the “Optimal” Place in the Pose (part 3)-Emotion