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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…

Full Moon in Rohini

Most of us feel some form of expansiveness with the Full Moon. But have you ever observed too how that Full Moon feeling differs from month to month? Every day the Moon moves into a different nakshatra (lunar constellation), and that particular star pattern alters the qualities of the Moon. Moon is impressionable, easily coloured Read More…

New Moon in Anuradha

This 22 November, the New Moon falls in the beautiful nakshatra of Anuradha. In your Vedic chart, the nakshatras reveal a deeper layer of interpretation, qualifying and nuancing what the signs and houses signify. The Moon’s cycles define a month, and you certainly know the experience of expansion and contraction in your body rhythms that Read More…

Saturn in Scorpio

On 3 November, Saturn moves into Scorpio. Since Saturn spends two and a half years in a constellation, this shift means a major realignment of cosmic energy patterns. On a deep level, everyone will experience some kind of change in their consciousness. If you are feeling disassociated, uncertain, open to change but unclear about the shape Read More…

Mercury Retrograde

Welcome to Star Patterns!!! I’m excited to bring this newsletter to you, fruit of my work with Jyotish over these past years. Every month (I hope) it will come to you, featuring a unique astrological phenomenon that will be impacting your life. You can always unsubscribe below if you are not interested, but stay tuned Read More…

How I Came to Vedic Astrology

The connectedness of everything is a reality that underpins Jyotish. How is it that a planetary configuration at the moment of birth can reveal such powerful insights about human character? How is it that the movement of the planets through time parallels the development of a human life? How is it that everything in any Read More…