“Most people instinctively realize that the danger involved in spiritual advancement is the danger of personality extinction.” I had a shocking injury several years ago. Since then, I’ve had more acute interest in how wounds heal and, by extension, the … Continue reading Some thoughts on Fear, Injury and Change
In yoga philosophy, suffering is explained as being the result of an action, taken sometime in the past, that is now bearing fruit. For instance if you made a decision and took an action not likely to end well, you … Continue reading 4 Tools for awareness & less suffering
This is just to say, I love Stephen Tobolowsky’s podcast. He has moved on to other projects, but not without leaving about 70 hours of great stories online for us to listen to. These are my company when I feel … Continue reading Little Miss Hard to Get.
reposted from 2012 Jim cleaned up pretty good. After I parked my truck on the dirt alongside his building, and climbed the stairs to the second floor to his apartment, I saw he’d put on a clean rugby shirt, and … Continue reading My Yoga Before It Was Yoga: Art, Motorcycles, and the Metal Shop
(reposted from 2011) When I was a ten year old girl, I auditioned for he talent show at Jefferson Elementary. Back in those days, there wasn’t the ‘every kid is a winner’, ‘everyone gets a spot’ mentality. As I … Continue reading Failed Tap Dancer Now Teaches Yoga: the danger of delusion and value of experience.
(re-posted from November 2011) At this Thanksgiving time of year, I often think of BKS Iyengar. Mr. Iyengar, now a world-renowned teacher, was born into the influenza pandemic of 1918, and was a weak and sickly child. He began to … Continue reading Gratitude and Perseverance
It might be said that the internet allows us to tap into a cosmic consciousness, fueled and supported by all of us, albeit an electronically created one. I have heard that some pioneers of internet technology see it as a … Continue reading What you focus on expands.
(repost from 2010, but this is a good one!) It’s April, the trees are blossoming, and this can lead to love and all sorts of complications. I think it’s time to revisit Sutra 1.33: the four brahmaviharas. Although one’s yoga … Continue reading There is nothing more exhausting than having an enemy.
(re-posted from 2010.) I am sometimes asked by teachers whether they can integrate some of the movements from the Shadow Yoga practice into their classes. The short answer is: it’s not a good idea. Here is a longer answer: Yoga … Continue reading On Teaching Shadow Yoga
This blog post is from early 2009, reposting. The Preludes are set standing sequences that a beginner is given as a preparation for yoga practice, in the Hatha Yoga school of Shadow Yoga. This note was part of a newsletter … Continue reading Why The Preludes?