Have you ever wondered why so many of the Yoga postures are named for things found in the natural world? We have cows and cats, Camels and Crescent Moons. Notice there is no Angry Motorist, Stressed Out Mom, or Corporate Bigwig posture...
Mother Teresa's charities in Calcutta are as real as it gets. Words could never do justice to what I witnessed there. She was so simple, yet so effective... and her legacy of compassion lives on. The least we can do is try to follow her advice given here. We'll forget, we can remember. A steady practice is all in the returning to it. -j
Invariably the question: "Why 108?" comes up. There are many opinions about Why 108, but here I'll mention a few that people tend to agree upon.
When we boldly and honestly embrace the whole of ourselves, only then can change begin.
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Watch this video of a 91 year old Yoga teacher who tangos in her spare time. Her philosophy is as inspiring as her youthfulness. A life lived in service of others. If you can't see the video in your email, got to my website and visit the blog. Forward this post to a friend who could use some inspiration to get to Yoga: You all asked, and we listened! Danielle is coming out from New York City this weekend, she'll be assisting our 9am Yoga class this coming Sunday, and the Monday 4pm class. Danielle is gifted at helping people find just the right depth of a posture. If you've not experienced her co-teaching, you're in for a real treat. Come just a bit early if you can, so we can get started right on time. Looking ahead slightly, Our Open Mic Kirtan on Sat. the 24'th, a free event.. If you like Yoga music, come on down! That Sunday, the 25'th is Restorative Yoga, 12:30. might be the last of the season, unless I hear differently from you. Get the scoop at the events page. Thanks again for all your kind emails and feedback, and of course, for coming to class! This Friday night I'm at Global [...]
The soul has it's own language -- silence. Let's just say you know it when you feel it.
It's not an accident that our postures are named for things the ancients noticed in their natural world. We 'do' the tree pose to awaken the qualities of tree in ourselves. Strength and suppleness, our ability to reach high, from a very grounded place... Our ability to selflessly provide food and shelter for others.
What's your least favorite Yoga posture, What's your pet peeve?, Who irritates you the most? These are gold nuggets of opportunity. They are your teacher, they are your Guru Sakshat. If you slow down, and allow them to
Whatever it takes to get us to the mat... The busier life gets, the more important Yoga becomes, and while crib notes may work for politicians, there are better ways to get your Om on. Sri Brahmananda Saraswati would say "Practice 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening, how hard is that?" When a reluctant student said "I don't have 10 minutes in the morning!" he replied "oh, then you need an hour!" 1. Make it a priority. Remember how good you feel after your Yoga. Plant the seeds for a daily practice. 2. Mark the classes you plan to attend on your calendar. Go ahead, turn ahead to next month and write those classes in too! 3. Some people like to have a Yoga buddy. Take turns driving to class, and now they're counting on you. 4. Technology can help, Nowadays it's very-easy to send yourself a class reminder. Set it once and it will remind you every week. Check out one of the many free email and text message reminder services and Apps available on the web. 5. If you can't make the time for a full practice, 10-15 minutes of Yoga can really help keep the peace. [...]