Yoga Sutra 11.6 False identity occurs when we identify with tools of perception instead of the True Self. At the end of every August the town comes back to life as kids from all over the world, make their way to the university for a new fall semester. These kids have worked hard to maintain … Continue reading Comparison is the thief of joy…
You know how there are buzzwords that have their hey-day in popular culture for a while and then fade away? People use them so often the meaning tends to get diluted. For example, there are folks who claim to "eat clean". You know that likely means plenty of fresh, unprocessed whole foods, but then it … Continue reading Ahimsa. No, really. Back off.
Lately I've been listening to podcast interviews of Ashtanga teachers on J Brown Yoga. If you're not aware, there has been a lot of chaos in the Ashtanga community as victims of Pattabhi Jois come forward to speak of the sexual and physical abuse they suffered under his teaching. Karen Rain has spoken and written … Continue reading On Ashtanga. To Whom Do You Give Your Power?
autodidact: (n) a self-taught person Q: If you don't have a teacher, a mentor, or a guru, how do you learn? A: Svadhyaya! (And a lot of books.) In the past I've had yogis essentially tell me that I can't know/live/teach/practice yoga because I didn't have a guru. I didn't have a mentor or a … Continue reading Autodidacts, Unite!
Actually, what she said was, "You don't need a man to talk to God. God hears you wherever you are. You don't have to be a special somebody to communicate with the Divine." I was seven years old and preparing for my First Holy Communion at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. I was excited for the day … Continue reading Mama said I didn’t need a Guru