The Essence of Asana

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We are engulfed by a turbulent and fast-paced culture wherein constant movement – sometimes mind, sometimes body, sometimes both – has become the norm. Most of us exist somewhere within and between where we’ve been and where we’re going, with seemingly very limited opportunity to just be. We’ve always got to be “doing” something. Modern yoga culture is often an …

Revelation

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In Ashtanga we often talk about the transformation that comes through practice. Transformation. What do we mean by that? I think the biggest meaning comes in the form of a shift in perspective — a change in the way we see the world. It can be a subtle as the thought patterns that come when we witness someone toss their …

I Believe

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Yesterday I added an “I believe survivors #stopkavanaugh” frame to my Facebook profile photo. This was not an action I took lightly. The word “believe” has long carried the highest of meanings within me. It takes me back to a time in my childhood — a time that persisted well into my teen age years — when I carried a …

Our Work Together – My Pledge to You

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Recently I published a blog on the mantra “saha navavatu, sahanau bhunaktu…” which is an expression of respect and commitment to learning between teacher and student. It has served as a foundation for the development of my own credo — my pledge to you. I share this humbly and with the hope that it will support us in navigating the …

The Power is in the Teachings (aka, Keep the Baby)

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I believe wholeheartedly that yoga can uplift, empower, and transform us — each of us, together. My yoga practice has become an important part of who I am, and I work hard every day to practice yoga and to share my work with others. But there’s unrest in the world of yoga, as there is everywhere lately, it seems. Thinking …

Saha navavatu – Accept Us Together

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Om saha navavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha viryam karavavahai tejasvi navadhitam astu ma vidvishavahai Om shantih shantih shantih Accept/Protect us both together. Nourish us both together. May we work together with great energy. May our knowledge and strength increase. May we not resent one another. Peace, peace, peace. This invocatory verse, in some form, can be found in both the …

Yoga Asana Practice: Śavāsana – Take Rest!

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Shava (शव, Śava) = corpse Asana (आसन, Āsana) = posture, seat Shavasana (शवासन, Śavāsana) = corpse posture You enter the room, roll out your mat, move and breathe for an hour or more and then, bam, lay down and stop moving. For some it’s a welcome relief, for others a dreaded waste of time and for many it can be …

Making Your House a Home

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I’ve been preparing for an upcoming workshop on a sacred yoga text known as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP). Pradipika is a Sanskrit word that means “self-illuminating”. This title emphasizes the important point that yoga is within us. Illumination, awakening, growth, and transformation may come through yogic practices of deep inward reflection and contemplation ranging from a seated meditation practice …

Independence!

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I’m the oldest of four boys. My next brother – Josh – is about 3 years younger. When we were kids I made him go everywhere with me. My parents like to remind us that he even sat on a stool next to me when I went to take a poop. I really didn’t like being alone. For many years …

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, …