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
Some months ago I wrote (Part 1 and Part 2) about the root chakra at the pelvic floor and specifically how it can be used, or really how the idea of it can be used and manipulated with the mind and intention, to effect shifts in the physical and energy bodies. That practice is ultimately… Continue reading Sacral chakra
Do you have a least-favorite pose? Or worse, one that you actively hate and avoid at all costs? Or that you cringe when I or your teacher guides it in class? If so, consider yourself normal. If you don’t, consider yourself a deep and experienced yogini or yogi… or just in denial 😮 If you… Continue reading Do Your Least Favorite Pose(s)!
Most of you reading this article know that the “pose of the year” in my classes has been Triangle Pose, trikonasana. To describe it simply, it’s a leg- and hamstring-opening and -strengthening, pelvis-opening and -stabilizing, core-strengthening standing twist. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been focusing on one little piece of this multi-faceted and… Continue reading “How Do I know if I’m Doing It Right?”
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?”
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
“3Things You’re Doing that are Holding You Back in your Yoga Practice.” -approximate headline for an article on FB that Nikki, my wife, read to me a couple weeks ago “What would progress look like in this pose?” -a student a couple of weeks ago asked in class about the current Pose of the Year… Continue reading Progress in Yoga
What are we doing in the physical practice of yoga and what’s it all about? Though I’ve said what will follow, I have never written about it and I’ve only said it sporadically, it seemed helpful to those who heard it in class yesterday, so here is my take on the essence of the physical… Continue reading The Essence of Physical Yoga Summarized
“Practice becomes firmly grounded when it has been cultivated for a long time, without interruption, and with earnest devotion.” -I.14, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Last time I wrote about “Keep Yoga Weird.” Now for the next step, making yoga your own! Some of you have been coming to yoga classes for years, for which I… Continue reading The Next Level of Weirdness: Have a Spiritual Practice!
For the first few years of my practice, I was mostly focusing on poses I enjoyed. Initially I learned yoga from a book since I was VERY poor AND living at the “end of nowhere” on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington- no yoga teachers, just loggers and “indians.” I did a few challenging, strengthening… Continue reading Practicing the pose(s) I really don’t like