I posted a class leading to King Pigeon today, and it got me thinking about the significance of closed circuits and circles in the yogic ontology. Circles figure everywhere — from the endlessly pulsing expansion and collapsing cycles of the universe to the outward and inward pull of the yogi aspirant’s awareness.… Read more
What does it mean to move from the heart?
💫To move from my heart means to move from the place of knowing that lies beneath the desires of my ego and the chatter of my mind.
💫 It means to move in a way that is authentic to my own body and its needs, accounting for its history, its sensitivities, its strong & weak spots and not someone else’s.… Read more
I do a lot of thinking about ecstasy. I suppose that’s because it was a singular experience of it during a yoga practice — bursting through my pores, practically palpable, and unleashed like a river — that first connected me to a feeling of having come home to my life’s purpose.… Read more
Cultivate More Joy in the Practice
In his beautiful and influential book, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann instructs yoga practitioners to cultivate joy and ease in the practice. Every time there’s a push, he advises, we do well to find a yielding.… Read more
Quelling Thought Waves: Inhabiting the Body
Have you ever had a moment when you felt perfectly at peace? when time seemed to stop? when duties, obligations, and worry fell by the wayside leaving you whole and unfettered, happy and free?
For too many of us, these moments happen only rarely, briefly, or never at all.… Read more
Free Your Heart this Winter
Guided by the original rhythm rider, Nataraj.
I don’t know where you live, but here in the Hudson Valley winter can be both beautiful and terrible. Forecasters are calling for one of the coldest, snowiest seasons yet, and despite everyone’s preparation measures (like new snow tires and even face masks), we all seem to be caught off guard in the thick of it.… Read more
It’s Sukha… and we need more of it!
Cultivate ease, joy, lightness & bliss
We’ve been blessed with an extended, mild and colorful fall replete with shin-high sidewalk piles of crackling gold and burnt sienna. And have you seen the green underbellies of the leaves this year?… Read more
Across yogic lineages breath is central to the practice. We reach and lean, twist, and fold, but without attention to breath, which facilitates access to complete presence, we are merely performing aerobics. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh recommends repeating this as a way to arrive in the present moment:
I am breathing in.… Read more
Yes, we twist and sweat. We grunt and sigh. We fly and fall, flop down and recover. But why oh why? What is it all for?!?
Asana practice is nothing less than preparation for liberation of the soul. By helping us shed body consciousness, it makes up one small part of a path that ultimately leads to freedom, joy, bliss, and wholeness.… Read more