heyam dukham anagatam

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Yoga Sutra 2.16  heyam dukham anagatam Future suffering is to be avoided. At first blush this sutra can seem a bit simplistic. Of course we want to do what we can do avoid suffering in our future. As is the norm when it comes to Patanjali’s guidance in order to reap the wisdom of this sutra and actualize the teaching, …

Work, Devotion, Discipline & Grit

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In my blog titled “Why Mysore? And Why Do I Love It?” I attempted to capture what it is about the practice that keeps me fired up – what motivates me to want to do it every day. Shortly after I posted it, as I was struggling to get myself through half Primary one morning, these four words popped into …

That First Day at the Nunnery…

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First days…. They’re a thing, right? No matter what you’re up to, that first part of the first day is always a bit of bumbling about. This was no exception. I knew puja started at 5:30 am and I’m in the habit of having coffee first thing, so I woke up early to go down to the kitchen. I hadn’t …

Why Mysore? And Why Do I Love It?

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I was in university for 11 years and three degrees. I spent more hours working in the laboratory (chemistry) than I can count (and certainly more than the university counted…). I loved it. Getting in there and independently researching what was happening inside things we cannot see was awesome. When I committed to the Ashtanga Mysore method of yoga practice …

Don’t Sell Your Practice Short

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OK, so I have a confession to make. I stink at meditation. Or at least that’s what I thought… Sitting still for long periods of time (i.e., more than 10 minutes) is not easy for me. I do it, but often it’s a struggle. My mind comes up with a bijillion reasons why I should, even need, to do something …

Mantra, stage fright, and space…

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Om mani padme hum, Om mani padme hum, Om mani padme hum… In Kathmandu, around Boudhanath Stupa, there is a shop with big speakers in front that plays a melodic version of this mantra. It’s accompanied by the low murmur of locals circumambulating with this mantra spilling over their mala beads like the heartbeat of the stupa. From my first …

Fly Like an Eagle

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This morning marked the end to a spectacular 6 week journey in India – including my first full month being right alongside my teacher each and every day in the Mysore room. It was awesome. I practiced under his guidance and care, I observed him teaching others with tailoring and care, I worked to draw from that expertise as I …

#IamNOTsomesickABOMINATION

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When I was a little boy I wanted to play with the girls, not the boys. I preferred playing house to cars and kickball. In elementary school when we lined up to choose teams for basketball I was always picked last. My baseball coach screamed at me for closing my eyes when the ball came at me. I bit my …

Nunnery Blog 4: The Simple Things

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After my sit under the big tree and the waving prayer flags, I returned to my room for a late asana practice. En route I passed Ani-la in the hallway and she let me know that dinner would be at 7 pm. I thanked her and then noticed that there was a pretty long-haired white and tan dog lounging near …

Sometimes it’s just hard…

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Sometimes it’s just hard. I have wanted to come study at the Jois institute for 10 years. For many of those years it seemed like something only free people could do and I didn’t feel like one of them. I had a “career” to build and minimal time off. At times I was so jealous of fellow yogis that got …