Writings: Bhakti

My 10 year practice of Surya Namaskara

My 10 year practice of Surya Namaskara

I practiced only Surya Namaskara for ten years. I recently had a student ask me what I was doing during that decade. Here is my answer.
How to Make Your Yoga Practice Potent

How to Make Your Yoga Practice Potent

Abhyasa is a Sanskrit word that is defined as the effort to remain steady in a state of yoga (citta vrtti nirodha) and thus be able to see beyond the visible, material world to the sacred...
Two Great Allies: Creativity and Ingenuity

Two Great Allies: Creativity and Ingenuity

Every exercise in practice provides you with a microcosmic opportunity to advance along your solitary path to the macrocosmic pinnacle of yoga.
The Quest to Meditate

The Quest to Meditate

There is a sacred text called the Vijnana Bhairava, a gift from the God Shiva, and in it Shiva gives a set of yantras or images that are to be repeatedly held in the mind as devices for meditation.

Crazy for Tapas

Every act of prayer contains an element of emptying yourself, a relinquishment of volition, will and ego. 
Energetic Concepts of Mula Bandha

Energetic Concepts of Mula Bandha

Your work with the pelvic floor is more than a physical practice of contracting certain muscles in the lower pelvis. Whether you contract the anus, genitals, or the perineum, it is more valuable to focus on mula bandha as an energetic redirection...
Angry Fists and Ideals

Angry Fists and Ideals

I was 17. It was 1980. I was your classic looking punk rocker; tucked pants into army boots, a black leather jacket, and hair spiked with Murray’s pomade. I was scary looking.
Solutide is Key for Home and Group Practitioners

Solutide is Key for Home and Group Practitioners

I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to practicing in solitude. I imagine at times this can be hard on my practice partner but she also knows how thankful I am for her and our practice time. 
Learn to Love Your Asana Posture

Learn to Love Your Asana Posture

One of the first things he taught in his book was that in order to get anywhere playing bass you have to like the sounds that you make. He emphasized that this was equally true for a beginner and a veteran.

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