Pregnancy is a beautiful time to be doing yoga. Not only does it prepare your body for labor and post-partum, but it can keep you strong, supple and spacious as your body shifts shape to make room for your little loved one.… Read more
Patanjali taught that there are five obstacles, called the kleshas, on the path toward ultimate freedom. This post takes a look at each obstacle and then offers a few self-study prompts so that you can determine which kleshas are keeping you contained in suffering.… 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
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