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My Hymn to Surya

The blue light of morning holds a promise. The ancient rishis knew that. But don’t just believe it, investigate for yourself. It is happening for me right now in a most serendipitous way. My effort to protect my garden here in Sardinia from wild pigs has me up each morning well before dawn, inspecting the Read More…

Il a Pris le Chemin de la Lumière

Two weeks ago I could not have written this. Even now I am not sure, reluctant to follow the thread of my thoughts but at the same time aware that it is time to reach out to my yoga friends. There might even be some yoga lesson to emerge from this, yet that is not Read More…

The Myth of Personal Destiny

Do you worry about what you are meant to do with your life? What an absurd question, you might think, especially if you have read deeply in yoga philosophy, particularly the Bhagavad Gita. Undifferentiated consciousness, acting through the ego, leads you to exactly where you are meant to be. All you ever do, as you Read More…

Yoga Tips for Winter

Someone has named the third Monday in January Blue Monday. It is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Christmas with its message of hope is over, but it is as cold, dreary and DARK as ever. Are you finding it difficult to get out from under that duvet in the morning? Read More…

A Christmas Practice if You’re Hurting

At the darkest time of the year, we celebrate a festival of light. Christmas is a festival of light, lights twinkling from rooftops and windows, candle flames illuminating mantles and altars. In the stillness of a long ago night, it was a kind of miracle. A baby is born under a starlit sky. Three magi Read More…

The Chart of Gandhi: Where Love Serves Truth

A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing! True in many areas of life, but particularly true in Jyotish, where you will be astonished by the nuances your chart reveals. The celestial patterns that correspond to the unfolding of time are complex, my friends. Just as one tiny red-hot chilli can transform an entire pot Read More…

The Chart of Adolf Hitler: Not What You Think

Famous (and infamous) people have fascinating astrological charts. Planetary forces line up in such a way to make them strong, for good or for ill. But even though these charts often lack the ambiguity sometimes seen in the charts of ordinary people, they too are not without nuance. Jyotish, which looks deeply at human character, Read More…

Yoga on the Road

My yoga practice has taken a beating this past year. Yoga on the road is a challenging thing. In one place my floor is a slab of rough concrete, so I hold my headstand for less than a minute or sometimes forgo it all together. In another place my room is so cluttered with furniture Read More…

Seven Winds is a State of Mind

According to the South Indian calendar, on 15 July we entered Dakshinayana, the dark half of the year. You probably did not feel it. I sure didn’t. It was the height of summer here in California, many days up to 40°C or more, with balmy evenings and the scent of jasmine wafting heavenly on the Read More…

Is Your Asana Practice Authentic?

“Nice asana sequences, but I wouldn’t want to practise that way every day.” When I once heard someone refer to the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga like that I was shocked. It sounded like heresy. At the time, I’d been practising “Ashtanga” daily for over eight years. I’d been to Mysore numerous times, Read More…