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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…

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…

Keeping Yoga Pure

Opinions about what constitutes the purity of yoga can be strident, more so than ever today as yoga becomes increasingly popular. “I love it here”, said a woman I met about five years ago at a small Mysore-morning studio in San Francisco. “No blocks, no props, just pure yoga.” The studio did have a beautiful Read More…

When Yoga Asanas Do Not Deliver . . . What Then?

The desire to “get” a yoga asana can be overwhelming. Certain poses seem to create insurmountable blocks, generating incredible energy in the psyche that gets expressed as frustration or jealousy or obsessive desire. The ashtanga sequences, because of their linear nature, particularly seem to foster this attitude of mind. Practitioners can attach to a particular identity Read More…