Writings: Intensity

Durga Means Difficult to Reach

Durga Means Difficult to Reach

...its important to remember that your struggles with the difficult physical actions are merely a warm up for the stances that yoga ethics demand.
Hi World, It’s David. I’m Calling for a Cry In.

Hi World, It’s David. I’m Calling for a Cry In.

There are no easy or fast solutions to many of the problems we each face personally as well as collectively.  There is often great complexity in the even the basic matters that we must deal with.  The complexity that is inherent to acting skillfully and responding fittingly to whatever circumstances we face requires us to be patient, caring, and compassionate with ourselves and with each other.
The Brave Aging Yogi

The Brave Aging Yogi

I came across these words of one dancer:  “The bravest thing a dancer can do is get old”.  The same is true of a hatha yogi who dares to get old and keep practicing. 
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.
Ashtangis, the Great Lovers of Shape Making

Ashtangis, the Great Lovers of Shape Making

Hi level shape making has little to do with doing advanced shapes and more to do with feeling compelled to mine the gold from nearly any shape.

Crazy for Tapas

Every act of prayer contains an element of emptying yourself, a relinquishment of volition, will and ego. 
Acknowledge Suffering

Acknowledge Suffering

What is the first waking moment you can remember in your life? I remember being 3 years old and locking myself in an unlit closet. I was trapped and crying for help.
MOVING FORWARD FROM WHERE YOU ARE NOW

MOVING FORWARD FROM WHERE YOU ARE NOW

One week you are springing out of bed to practice and the next you are dragging yourself to the mat. It is like being in an ocean where the current is deceptive, you think you are in control, in one place, and then in a snap you are downstream!

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