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Category Archives: Yoga

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…

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…

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…

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…

Where I Am Now: May 2016

Today is my last day in the Canadian Prairies. Of all the places in the world that I’ve never visited before and would love to see, this one never even made the list. It was not my kind of country. In all directions that the eye can see, the land is as flat as a Read More…

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…

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…

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…

When Negative Feelings Arise . . . Has Yoga Failed?

No one wants to talk about the bad times. Negative emotions are not yogic. When anger, jealousy, sadness or anxiety surfaces, most yogis feel ill at ease. Yoga has let them down, or they have let down yoga. Yogis are supposed to radiate equanimity from a place of abundant heart, and anything that does not Read More…