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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…