Writings: Breath

A Dream To Increase Tapas

A Dream To Increase Tapas

I’ve increased my tapas because I have one dream and one dream only, and that is to do whatever I can to help the world move towards peace instead of heading towards destruction through engaging in uncompromising, fruitless, imperiling conflict.
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.
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. 
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.
The Asana Practice, a Teacher of Breath

The Asana Practice, a Teacher of Breath

Breathing is the key to opening your body. There is obviously a genetic component to flexibility, but breathing helps you to open up to that.
Asana and Sadhana as Prayer

Asana and Sadhana as Prayer

I used to hear my teacher Sri Pattabhi Jois during conferences go out of his way to remind us that beginning practice with Surya Namaskara was an act of devotion and not a warm up.
Whose posture are you imagining?

Whose posture are you imagining?

Learning to exert even a tiny bit of conscious control over the largely unconscious process of image formation will greatly increase your understanding of asana theory and practice.
Your upper and low body have different jobs. Do you know what they are?

Your upper and low body have different jobs. Do you know what they are?

Imagining that you are a Patanjali, a centaur or a mermaid can help you make best use of the energetic differences that exist between your lower and upper body

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