Enough is (Never?) Enough. Brahmacharya, Take 2

You’ll never believe it, but I had an actual real-life request from someone the other day to write about Brahmacharya (the law of yogic moderation). I felt, for one heady moment, as though I’d hit “the big time.” A blog request! For me! The idea that anyone was interested in hearing my blogged opinion aboutContinue reading “Enough is (Never?) Enough. Brahmacharya, Take 2”

Learning to Let Go: Aparigraha in Action

What are you attached to? Family, and your friends. What about possessions- your car, your house- shoes, jewelry? Yoga pants? Perhaps you’re attached to your ideas- as a Democrat, or a Republican. Or your defined image of yourself as a certain person- yogi, Christian, vegetarian. What happens when the attachment is severed or threatened? AContinue reading “Learning to Let Go: Aparigraha in Action”

An Elegy For the Ants in my Car

I am murdering a colony of teeny tiny ants in my car. I’m not sure how it started. We always have ants around the house (it is Florida)- but I’m surprised that I managed to bring in enough to start a whole civilization. It was probably beneficial that there must be enough Nature Valley granolaContinue reading “An Elegy For the Ants in my Car”

Brahamacharya (Gesundheit!)

Brahmacharya, the fourth of the Yamas, is also the one that sounds most like a sneeze. ‘Bless You!’, you might think. Appropriate, I guess, since this term is sometimes translated as “Walking with God.” Bless you indeed! This is a tricky Yama. It is often (mis?)interpreted as celibacy (see this article “Life Without Sex?” onContinue reading “Brahamacharya (Gesundheit!)”

Week #3, Yama #3: Asteya- You’re Stealing More Than You Think

And here we are with Asteya, the 3rd of Patanjali’s Yamas. In case you’d like a quick review, here’s #1- Ahimsa¬†and here is #2, Satya (with a follow-up here). (Complete and total just random by-the-way: I can’t decide if I should be capitalizing these guys or not, so I’m sort of sticking with not-capitalizing themContinue reading “Week #3, Yama #3: Asteya- You’re Stealing More Than You Think”

Opportunity For Honesty- Politics, Satya, and Yoga (Follow-up to Satya Post 1)

This week’s post on Satya (seen here) was really hard to write. I actually had to take a nap in the middle of writing it. Not because I was tired- but because my body put up a defense mechanism: sleepiness in the face of stress! The fact is that I’m experiencing a problem with honestyContinue reading “Opportunity For Honesty- Politics, Satya, and Yoga (Follow-up to Satya Post 1)”

Satya Will Set Ya Free!

Have you ever told a white lie for what seemed like a good reason- and then got caught up in layer after layer of complication? Or found yourself talking with some friends about an acquaintance in a way that you knew was unkind- and then felt bad, after, when you saw that person? Have youContinue reading “Satya Will Set Ya Free!”

Dynamic Peacefulness: Ahimsa

One of the fun bonuses of class planning is that by theming my classes, I have the opportunity to expand my own knowledge and awareness. I’m really excited about my latest cycle of themes- the Yamas, or “Restraints” of Yoga. The Yamas, or Moral Restraints, comprise the first of the eight-limbed path of yoga (seeContinue reading “Dynamic Peacefulness: Ahimsa”

A Sad Tale of Ahimsa and Janu Sirsasana C (Or, Your Yoga Teacher is Kind of a Hypocrite)

So recently I’ve been playing a bit with the Ashtanga Primary Series. It’s more like a flirtation- I’m not ready to commit to a serious Ashtanga practice. To mix metaphors, you could even say I’m just dipping my toe in the water. My incredibly crippled, feeble little pinkie toe. The one that I mashed mercilesslyContinue reading “A Sad Tale of Ahimsa and Janu Sirsasana C (Or, Your Yoga Teacher is Kind of a Hypocrite)”