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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…

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…

Navigating the Nodes

A big shift in the celestial weather happened earlier in January. Have you felt the stirrings of change in your life? I have! It’s hard to say at this point where I’m going. But the ground beneath my feet feels quite unstable, and life as I’ve been used to just might be in for some 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…

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…