Reflection on Non-harming

This is the first in our series of poems and reflections on the ten ethical principals of yoga. Ahimsa, or non-harming, is the first principal of yoga. The Waking   I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I … Continue reading

Happy Yoga Birthday to Me by Cathleen O’Connell

So my yoga birthday is coming up. (Yes, some of us yogi types keep track of such things). This November I’ll have been practicing for 10 years and I’ve been thinking about how to commemorate the anniversary. I love tracking … Continue reading

Why do yoga workshops outside a regular class? Why study with different yoga teachers?

Kate Krumsiek I continue to be hungry for knowledge about the human body – in asana, in stillness, in life – and I love nothing more than the gift of a talented teacher’s knowledge provided in a workshop. It is … Continue reading

Reflections on (and of) a foreign word

We must be back in Sunday school. I’m sitting on my blanket on the floor, obediently falling silent and closing my eyes when the teacher instructs me to. I intone quietly along with my classmates and wait for the calm … Continue reading

What poses or group of poses do you tend to avoid?

In yoga sutra II.3,  Patanjali tells us that one of the five main causes of suffering ( kleshas)  is dvesha, translated from the Sanskrit as aversion, repulsion or avoidance.  Taken to extremes, avoidance can do ourselves or others harm.  We asked … Continue reading

A Yoga Sutras Makeover

I love Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutras; I have almost as many editions as I do fingers and toes. When I heard there was a new translation and commentary of course I had to grab a copy. I’ve just finished Threads of Yoga: A Remix … Continue reading

Yoga PhD – a treat for the analytical yogi

If Lieutenant Columbo ever wrote a book about yoga, it would read like Yoga PhD.  Perusing the culture of modern American yoga with Carol Horton, we’re intrigued by nearly everything we see: “spiritual” lines of clothing promoted by manifestly soul-less … Continue reading

5 Minute Calming Pose with Kim (video)

Stress getting to you? Try five minutes in this pose, and you may feel like a new person…

61 Points Meditation (audio)

Mid’s voice guides you through a deeply calming meditation.  It’s a classic meditation technique – easy to learn, and you can take it with you wherever you go.  After a  preparatory explanation, the actual meditation begins at 2:09, two minutes … Continue reading

Effort, Ease, and Grace

My two favorite extra-curricular activities are trying to teach me something lately, and I have the feeling their lesson may apply elsewhere in my life. At about this time last year I began playing music with a couple of friends … Continue reading