- Those Famous Fluctuations of the Mind
April 8, 2011
Years ago I worked on a project with someone who showed up one day with a tee shirt that had Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah printed on it. He was clearly horrified that I had only a rough idea what the words meant, and it was fairly obvious that I plummeted in his estimation.
In retrospect I’m ...
- Refining Your Vinyasa (Part 1)
March 7, 2011
It’s March, and in the (vain) hope that we are on the verge of transitioning from Winter to Spring, I’m going to make the next few pieces about transitions of the Yogic variety.
First up is one of the most important transitions in a Vinyasa-based practice, moving from Chaturanga to Urdvha Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog). ...
- Refining Your Vinyasa (Part 2)
March 7, 2011
Since so many of us practice a version of Vinyasa Yoga, I’m devoting a couple of pieces to refining the transitions in these powerful sequences. Last week I wrote about the transition from Chaturanga to Urdvha Mukha Svanasana. This week we’ll look at the next transition in the sequence, moving from Upward Facing to Downward ...
- Teaching the Scary Stuff
February 19, 2011
I recently read an article about a popular Asana teacher who makes a point of eschewing any reference to the less Western elements of Yoga — Sanskrit, chanting, “spirituality” etc — because these aspects supposedly scare Americans away from Yoga and she wants to make the practice accessible to as many people as possible.
I’m all ...
February 9, 2011
As a new Yoga student I remember being told that Savasana (Final Resting Posture) was considered one of the most important and difficult of the postures, and I distinctly recall rolling my eyes and thinking “Puleez, what’s so hard about lying down, I like lying down … Chaturanga is hard, Savasana, not so hard.”
But then ...
- How I learned to Sit
January 28, 2011
When I first began practicing Yoga I was only interested in Asana. And not only did meditation hold absolutely no appeal, but I was also completely convinced that I was the one person on earth who was actually incapable of it.
Sadly, this seemed to be confirmed when early in my Yoga life I took a ...
- Do Just One Thing
January 20, 2011
It’s pretty hard in this day and age not to succumb to the siren call of multi-tasking.
There never seems to be enough time to get everything done, so we try to do many things at once. Which really means we don’t do any one thing fully or completely.
I’m as susceptible to this tendency as ...
- Asana – The Big Picture
January 13, 2011
Recently a student told me she missed the philosophy page that was on my old website, so I decided to revisit what I had written and bring it up to date as a kind of statement of purpose for why the physical practice of Yoga is such an ongoing source of inspiration to me.
I realized ...
- Injuries – Our Best Teachers
January 3, 2011
Many years ago I tore my rotator cuff and was complaining about it to Richard Freeman, hoping for some insight about salvaging my Ashtanga practice or at the very least a heavy dose of sympathy. Instead, he smiled benignly and said, “It will be your greatest teacher.”
Reader, I gnashed my teeth.
But since it was Richard, ...
- New Year’s Resolutions – A Yogic Approach
December 31, 2010
The New Year is upon us, and with it the promise of transformation, in the familiar form of New Year’s Resolutions. Oh, the pressure.
Like all of us, I’ve had varying degrees of success with resolutions, and I’ve learned over the years how analogous they are to Yoga.
Resolutions are about practicing, not about being attached to ...