The ups and downs of your yoga practice

In each of our “Food for your Practice” newsletters, we ask our teachers to share their observations about some aspect of their practice of yoga.  This issue marking the return of our newsletters after a period of lying fallow, the … Continue reading

The Radiance Sutras

Here’s an excerpt from a wonderful new book we’ve found – a collection of beautiful poems in the yogic tradition, written in Sanskrit in the Middle Ages.  I you like it, this interview with the translator might also appeal…. The Radiance Sutras Verse … Continue reading

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

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

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

My perfect afternoon…

A few Sundays ago I saw the Dalai Lama speak in Boston. What a surprise!!! I had never seen him before, but based on what I had read I expected it to be inspirational, a real tune-up for the soul.  … Continue reading

A postcard from the Katha Upanishads

Upanishadic manuscript (   I’ve just driven by the ruins of an ancient and sacred place. I had never been there before, and they are so beautiful that I’d like to show you a picture of them. This isn’t a … Continue reading