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The Big Game

I dream of an alternate reality where: We’ve gotten over the idea that ‘games’ where one side has to lose for another to win is a good idea. It’s a small planet, we need to work together.

By | February 5th, 2017|Yoga|Add Your Comment

When The Drummers Were Women

Namaste, Thank you for your kind emails about our Yoga classes in concord being a welcome refuge in our strange new world. I'll continue to do my best to cultivate a safe space, where all are welcome. Some of you have asked about this great book I'm reading about the spiritual history of rhythm by Layne Redmond. I've been listening to to Layne's music for years and years. I've often said that her drumming is more accurate than any metronome. It's only recently that I looked into her life and discovered her sacred activism through her writing. For fifteen years she researched the place of the feminine in music and leadership throughout the ancient world, culminating in her book that details "a lost history of a time when women were the primary percussionists in the ancient world and also explains why they are not today." After devoting her life to teaching, healing, and empowering the feminine through rhythm and breathing, Layne passed from this world in 2013, leaving behind an impressive body of work in her writing, and her albums of music and meditations on the Chakras and breathing. You can take a look at her (now rare) book here:  When The Drummers Were Women by Layne Redmond.  And yes, the Minuteman Library Network has a [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|books, music, Reviews by john, Yoga|Add Your Comment

Your 2016 Year In Review

Namaste! We’ve been doing this writing exercise for years, I dusted it off, updated a bit. wish I had more time! - As my voice has changed... but here it is, as it is. I hope you make the time, I think that you'll be glad that you did: (printable version at the end) Before we turn the page on 2016... Let’s look back. It’s usually best to keep this a somewhat lighter inward journey, There’s no going back to change anything. and there’s no one, or no need to impress. Be gentle but firm with yourself. Can you carve out 10 –20 minutes for this meditation & writing exercise? Make a cup of something to sip, get a nice pen, three pieces of paper, a pad of post-its, perhaps your calendar. Find a quiet place where you can sit. It’s okay to skip this part, but if you keep a calendar or appointment book a brief skim can jog our memory as to how much has passed this year. Light a candle, and get comfortable. Let your breath smooth out and slide into meditation for a few moments... Once in quiet space, reflect on your experience of 2016. Let your mind drift through the past year, [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Yoga|Add Your Comment

For The Birds

All day long my feathered friends visit, grab a seed, and take off. The birds are used to me now and don't mind me standing there, and each one brings a smile to my face.

By | December 12th, 2016|ahimsa, animals, Yoga|1 Comment

Max Richter Sleep

I love sharing the music that I find for my own practice.. Here's links to some amazing cello music perfect for yoga and meditation. Great to practice, and cook with. Composed for sleeping actually. Enjoy!

By | December 3rd, 2016|creativity, music, Yoga|1 Comment