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Part of living an undivided life is not being divided from our inner self, not being separated from our spirit, not being disconnected from the essence of who we are. The question is, how much time, if any, do we spend getting to know that self, that spirit? Are we even acknowledging its existence, or are we sometimes just going through the motions of existing while not really living?

In yoga the word “dharma” means both life purpose and essence; this overlap of definition can point to how there cannot be unity, oneness, or wholeness if who we are and what we do are separate.

We begin by understand the facets of our essence: what nourishes us and conversely exhausts us; what enlivens and uphol...

There are times for us all when we question the reason why certain difficult things happen, ponder the greater purpose of the unpleasant. Anyone and everyone on any sort of real spiritual path has done it…or they will, if they have not already. "Why do bad things happen to good people?", we often ask. We might never know, but what we do know, unfortunately, is that the only way our faith is accurately tested is not in our joyful moments, but in the challenging ones.

There are many sayings about “light coming through the cracks and broken places”, which is absolutely true…but when we are in the thick of things or when we are the one suffering, grieving or struggling, such p...

Love is not just something we do, it is who we are. It is both our birthright and our purpose. Love is a place we inhabit, a modus operandi, the lens through which we view ourselves, a place from which we relate to each other and the world. It is not predicated on romance or the lack thereof, although romantic love sure is sweet...but you don't have to be in love to be of love. When we are of Love, the more we give, the more full we become; the more open we are to it and its principles, the more we receive it. What else works this way? Lovingness is a state of being, and choosing it is a decision: every situation that presents itself can be met with lovingness or its absence, even the challe...

Last week I told a story in class about how I took my dad to the heart center at NYHospital/Weill for a consult about an aortic aneurism. His cardiologist knew enough to know that it wasn’t his area of expertise, so he sent us to a very well-known heart surgeon at an area hospital…who also wouldn’t touch it. So, we went to a surgeon at Weill that I’ll call “The King of Aneurisms”. The procedure my dad will eventually need is performed about 5 times per year in most heart centers, but this guy does about 300 annually. If someone is going to open up my dad’s physical heart (energetically, his is already pretty darn open, I have to tell you) wouldn’t I want the guy who does 300 of these a year...

What does it mean to serve? When we hear the word service, we often think of charity work, volunteering, or making great sacrifices. For Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life we celebrated last week, it translated to devoting himself to a cause he believed in so strongly that it became the calling and purpose of his entire life and he ultimately gave that life for. Dr. King himself said that everyone has a call to greatness--not fame, but Greatness, that can be found through service. If we were to compare our efforts to his, we might easily come up short; but perhaps if we didn’t measure our own efforts by such a standard, instead using his as an example, we might feel inspired to offer ou...

Each life has a beginning, a middle, and an end; it is a cycle. Or to use a Yoga term, a vinyasa. As in our asana classes, within each life there are multiple vinyasas: our education, career, growing up, child-rearing, even marriages and relationships are all stages, yes, but each stage has its own cyclical arc.


We are always in the process of evolving, expanding and growing; we are always in the process of becoming. The Sanskrit word for this is Bhagavate. (Thomas Ashley Farrand). Hopefully we are ever becoming that which we came into this Life to be. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.


As we view the arc of our experience during this incarnation, it helps for us to be aware whether we are in...

Last week we examined how reflecting upon our experience, when done with clarity and wisdom, can be a valuable tool in better understanding how all the circumstances of the past have led us to the present. This makes it possible to turn our gaze forward, look down the road ahead, and (hopefully) choose actions and make decisions that will lead us to our ultimate goal, whatever that may be. In our classes this past week we focused on poses that contain the shape of the Dhanura, Sanskrit for Bow: Dhanurasana, Bow Pose; Urdhva Dhanurasana, Upward Facing Bow Pose; Bhekhasana, Frog pose, and Natarajasana, the pose of Shiva, Lord of the Dance. All of these poses are deep backbends with a discernab...

“Don’t look Back” the song says…this edict is so popular in songwriting that more than 50 artists on Itunes alone have recordings with that very title. What is so bad about looking back? Isn’t is possible that looking back can be helpful? Perhaps we can examine why so many, from Boston to Bruce Springsteen, advise so strongly against it.


The word reflect has it’s roots in the Latin reflectere, meaning to bend back. When we look into a mirror and gaze at ourselves, we call it “our reflection”. But according to Mirriam Webster’s, the specific definition is, “something that shows the effect, existence, or character of something else”. Certainly understanding the effect of our past experiences...

This week in the asana portion of our classes we have been working on Compass Pose. As poses go, this could be one of the shapes that, especially upon first glance, would lead a non-practitioner to believe that Yoga is all about tying oneself in a knot, or trying to achieve pretzel-like contortions. It is a seated pose with a lifted leg, and when the pose is fully expressed, resembles a compass. It is challenging but beautiful, and when there is a clarity and extention in the lifted leg, (which is straight), one can almost envision that leg as the needle of a compass pointing clearly in the intended direction. 

 

Compasses are interesting devices, one of the oldest navigational tools we kn...

This week we observed Labor Day, a holiday that began in the late 1880’s as a way to honor the Labor Force in the industrially burgeoning United States. Its original intention was quite simple: to recognize the efforts and esprit de corps of those whose blood, sweat and toil were literally building the life we now know with their bare hands. 

 

In today’s difficult economic times, gainful employment is not a given. “I don’t have a job”, How can I get a job”, “There are no jobs in my field”….this is the reality for many. There is high unemployment and underemployment. So before we attempt to turn our attention to more esoteric thought in an attempt to raise the level of rhetoric around the...

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