“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
“I love you. I love you. I love you.” - you to some part of you (or you to someone else) “It works best if you DO it.” -a student It’s December and as many of you know, this is the month that I lead what I call the “I Love You” practice, and you… Continue reading I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, part 2
“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
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
“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
“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
Sorry I haven’t written in the better part of 2 months! 😦 It’s not from not wanting to. The rest of this article might clarify a little. I hope you don’t resonate too much with it… but you probably will. I was sick last week for the first time in about 4 years, to the… Continue reading Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!
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?