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In the Upanishads, one of the most ancient texts of Yoga, when asked by his wife to describe what the Absolute (Brahman) is, the sage Vajnavalkaya responds to her by describing instead what God is not. Neti, Neti: neither this, nor that, is the literal translation of this expression. Sometimes the truth can only be found by the negation of all of the other thoughts around it, sometimes it is easier to see clearly what something is by understanding what it is not.


This certainly applies to the concept of gravitas. Gravitas, one of the Roman virtues, ” may be translated variously as weight, seriousness and dignity, also importance, and connotes a certain substance or depth of personality.” W...

Think of a scenario in your life when, after stressing out or driving your self crazy about it, you finally just let things be, you surrendered, and it actually worked out in the end. Why is it, when we can likely come up with more than one example of this, possibly many, do we still believe that letting go is giving up? Why do we think of surrender as, at it worst, defeat, or at it’s least, rolling over and playing dead?


In this week’s classes we focused on forward bends–generally held to be the physical metaphor for ‘letting go’. After practicing a few times, one quickly learns that tight hips and hamstrings can be like a stubborn mule–if you want them to move, they need to be coaxed. An...

Last week, I explored the connection between Harmony and Integrity…posing the idea that when what we say, think and do are harmonious, the end result is an Integrated Self. Once established, our integrity becomes the touchstone of our decision making process, our internal GPS, if you would. Once we know our purpose/service we might be more ready to let that Dharma dictate our direction. So how to do that, given the unavoidable obstacles and objections everyday life holds? In our more challenging times, how do we make the right decisions for ourselves and follow them through when we know that doing so might “upset the apple cart” for us, or more uncomfortably, those around us?


Courage. Just...

Harmony is a concept commonly equated with music; in this sense, it is defined as “the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear”*, derived from the Greek root harmonia, which means “agreement”.* When musical notes played together are in harmony, they sound as if they actually are in agreement; each individual tone has its place, its presence is perceptible, but the consonance between them makes for a much more beautiful, resonant whole.


Harmony implies a sense of balance as well. In this week’s yogasana practice, we explored the architecture of arm balancing. At first glance it might not seem an accurate metaphor, but when we look more deep...

Last week, on July 4, Americans celebrated the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Our forefathers believed so strongly in our God given right to self-govern, they were ready to give their lives for it, and of course, many did. Their commitment to it was so strong, their focus on it so one-pointed that their utter clarity and passionate discipline crafted a document that still hold its own weight and is the foundation of our government today, 237 years later. In it, the words liberty and freedom populate the landscape, but what do they really mean?


For those on an inward path, we might ask ourselves the question, “What does it mean to be truly free?” At first glance, we might t...

Are you being nourished?

 

Can you recall a meal you thought of as perfect? One such that when it ended you felt sated but not overindulged; its combination of flavors and textures was so wonderful it left  you neither feeling overstuffed nor having the slightest itinerant craving— not just fed but somehow taken care of?

 

The word nourish comes from the Latin “nutrire” which means “to support” and “to cherish”. Those of us that love our Yoga practice often feel supported and fed by it; those of us ( Yogis and non-Yogis alike) that are blessed enough to have our vocation and avocation be one and the same feel supported not just financially, but emotionally, intellectually and/or spiritua...

Every year for the last seven years, I have read this quote from Oprah for my Mother’s Day class, and I’ve never been able to get through it once without welling up. I share it with you, honoring all the mothers of the world, and honoring the Supreme Divine Assignment they have been given. I’m sure I will weep as I type, but here goes:

 

I’m in awe of good mothers–those heroines all around me who sacrifice daily out of love for their children.In our society we give motherhood plenty of lip service. We pat them on the head, bring them flowers for Mother’s Day and honor them in front of crowds. But at the end of the day we don’t extend them the same respect we would a professor, a dentist, a...

For so many, a New Year is overwhelming. The spectre of possibility and the pressure for reinvention bombard us everywhere we look. Starting anew can be daunting if we’ve tried it before and have disappointed ourselves with unrealistic, unfair expectations of turning into some new, improved “super-version” of ourselves.  “Lose ten pounds! No more chocolate! Exercise ten times a week!”  We create goals, habits and restrictions that are too difficult, often abandoned before the spring thaw. This is often driven by our own feelings of self-judgement or disapproval, inadequacy and unworthiness.  What purpose does that serve? These punitive inner voices don’t help us along on our path of evolutio...

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