In yogic thought the manifest world is comprised of three basic characteristics called the gunas: energy, idleness, and clarity (rajas, tamas, and sattva) which are always in flux. Every object, every abstraction, and each one of us has some combination of these three components of nature.… Read more
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Do you know someone who can never be wrong? Maybe you know many people who harbor this common quirk.
Maybe that person is you.
I’m going to put it right out there that I am someone who is sometimes wrong. Let me say that again because it’s such a liberating, though oddly difficult, revelation: I am capable of being wrong.… Read more
Going vegan was one of the easiest and best changes I have ever made in my life. It’s brought my eating habits in alignment with my values and with my conscience. Now I more carefully plan each meal so that I can be sure to get the right balance of nutrients every day.… Read more
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