Writings: Obstacles

Wise Void Minded Yogi

Wise Void Minded Yogi

In yoga we have an opposite notion or a contrary image about how wisdom takes form within the human mind.  Instead of thinking that attaining knowledge is about filling up our minds with learning, facts, information, viewpoints, stances, opinions and such—the yogi aspires to empty out of all thoughts and become ‘void minded’.
Making a Start at the 5 Yamas

Making a Start at the 5 Yamas

Even though most of us begin yoga without giving much or any thought to the yamas eventually we open the door to contemplating and even putting them into action.
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. 
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!
Student Teacher Q&A: Encouraging Goals?

Student Teacher Q&A: Encouraging Goals?

How do you encourage a student who keeps taking stabs at Marichyasana D and they still can't bind? As a teacher, how do you not get frustrated and go, “what the hell? You've been working on this for 6 years!"
Asana Kitchen: Yogi’s Predicament of the Peacock and Ego

Asana Kitchen: Yogi’s Predicament of the Peacock and Ego

The peacock expressing himself in his own original way with full confidence is automatically attractive, no need for an extra push from the ego. No matter what he physically looks like he will be beautiful when he expresses himself from an honest, natural
When your Yoga practice becomes a pain in the asana. No guilt. No shame. No fear.

When your Yoga practice becomes a pain in the asana. No guilt. No shame. No fear.

Attaining a mature practice can only happen through piling up nearly countless failed attempts to become skilled enough in the techniques to avoid the painful consequences that come from wrong thinking, wrong effort, mistakes, misperceptions, and other for

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