Did anyone ever give you advice you didn’t ask for? “Ha!” you say, maybe even out loud! It’s ridiculous to ask since OF COURSE that’s happened. Maybe you were just with family over Christmas and got more of it than you ever wanted! Some of us are blessed with certain people in our life who… Continue reading Unsolicited Advice
In class I’ve started reading (again…last time was around 2002) from Erich Schiffmann’s inspiring and profound book, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness. On the page just inside the cover, the very first two sentences of the book are “The purpose of Yoga is to facilitate the profound inner relaxation that accompanies… Continue reading The Purpose of Yoga
I had written on this prayer/mantra over 4 years ago. It seems important to revisit it, given the state of our world, being more and more divided and seeming to have no meeting place between sides. Everyone is anxious, afraid, convinced that they are 100 percent right, and believes the “other” side is just totally… Continue reading Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu-again
“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
A couple of weeks ago, in what turned out to be a private lesson for the one woman who showed up, (If you need/want smaller classes and lots of personal attention, this is the time of the year for it! Come on down!) working with her for a few minutes on her seated twist, trying… Continue reading Burn Your Yoga Journal
“It’s so easy to let life get in the way (of yoga practice).” -Susan, my longest-time yoga student (20+ years) Me to a student: “You’re being very regular in class (after not being regular for many months).” Her: “I put it in my calendar!” She went on to say that her life is driven by… Continue reading Put It in Your Calendar
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras II.3: The lack of awareness of Reality, the sense of egoism or “I-am-ness”, attractions and repulsions toward objects and the strong desire for life are the great afflictions or causes of all miseries. (Taimni’s translation) The Sanskrit word translated usually as “ignorance”, but above as Taimni’s more complete translation of “lack of… Continue reading Ignorance…or Implementation?
I know that many of my students and followers of my blog began a grieving process on November 9. Grieving is, of course, a natural and important part of Life in this world of duality and the inevitable result of our attachment to any temporary thing, whether that be a person, animal, place, object, or… Continue reading The Light Wins
(If you’ve had enough of the election AND have already voted, feel free to skip to the 5th paragraph, noted below. If you HAVEN’T voted yet and are not sure if you are going to, read it all, and then vote!) Of course, early voting has begun and you can vote now through Nov. 5… Continue reading VOTE! …but not JUST in the election!
(Note to the reader: As much as I tried to be inspired to write about something other than politics, I failed, and this writing is political in nature. It is the season, I guess. If you want to avoid that, feel free to just stop reading now. I write this piece primarily for those of… Continue reading The Lesser of Two Evils