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Fear Not the Edge

How do you know that your yoga practice is working? A teacher of mine once replied to this question perfectly. The answer has nothing to do with being able to bind in Marichyasana D or come up from drop backs. In fact, it is not a surprise that it has nothing to do with linear Read More…

Not Perfect in Paradise

It is an interesting fact that the deeper we go in our practice, the more the minute details of our ego identity surface with humbling clarity. Nothing like being alone for a long stretch of time either to notice the patterns repeating, and to stop and observe the parts, as if under a microscope. I’m Read More…

Yoga Asana After Hip Replacement? Yes!!!

Here it goes . . . the “agony and ecstasy” of yoga after hip replacement. For the first couple of months post-op, I tracked my progress in a journal. What follows is my personal experience. Yours will certainly be different. Each body has its unique quirks. But for everyone most definitely, the flexibility and strength Read More…

A Compliment from Hell

When I was in my mid-twenties, someone said to me once, “You’re really talented in cooking and sewing.” I didn’t like it. Yes, I knew it was meant to be a compliment. In the moment, I responded with an appropriately polite thank you. But inside it triggered a whole chain of negative emotional reactions . . Read More…

Shadow Time: 20 March 2015

What do you have planned for this Friday, 20 March 2015? You ashtangis out there know it’s a moon day, so no usual practice. But did you know that this is no ordinary moon day? A lot more is going on as well, so pay attention. This kind of synchronicity does not happen often. New Read More…

An Energy That Grabs You

Ever wonder what really is behind the decisions you make? Your gut feeling is strong, but where does it come from? Emotions and memories surface, and you sense their compelling force. You might feel they are coming from inside you, but that is only part of the picture. These forces that you experience have a Read More…

Your Destiny is Not in Your Hands

Most people come to yoga because they want something. There is nothing wrong with that . . . in the beginning. In fact, desire for a pre-conceived goal motivates most everything we do. But after awhile, this goal-oriented approach is the very thing that impedes real progress in yoga. Some people want to reduce stress; Read More…