A version of this article appeared in the April issue of Namaskar. In the eight-limbed path of Ashtanga yoga, it is said that the first four limbs are techniques we can practice, whereas the second four limbs arise after sustained effort and discipline, and with a little sprinkling of grace. This may lead to someContinue reading “The Birth of Awareness”
For those of you who haven’t yet checked this out, do yourself a favor and have a listen. Alan Wallace has an incredibly comprehensive way of presenting Shamatha meditation, with deep sensitivity to the particular needs of a Western audience. You can listen the podcasts, on a donation basis, here. May all beings benefit!
A Social Network for (Expat) Women in Thailand For those of you who don’t know about this wonderful site, check out ChickyNet, an on-line forum for women expats who live in Thailand to connect and share news. It is a fantastic resource to help make your way forward in a new country, with advice fromContinue reading “Thailand Sisterhood”
Just back from a week in Kathmandu, where inspiration falls like rain. The 10 hour daily power outages are a blessing in disguise, as they allow one to totally let go of E-communication, and just settle into deeper ways of connecting.
Yoga politics attained new dimensions of drama these past few weeks. Apart from ongoing court case of a peeping tom who spied on yoginis at a Boulder yoga festival, John Friend and Anusara was accused, among other things, by the New York Times of training a generation of yogis to “Think Off” (read the articleContinue reading “follow your own breath”
Good advice from the past, still as valid today as in 1939 when this poster was created to raise morale for British soldiers… Or, as Douglas Adams used to advise in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic! And bring a towel.
The Year of the Water Dragon is upon us, since the new moon last Wednesday. Dragon is said to be a bearer of good fortune and a master of authority. Mythic creatures awed by all, the supernatural powers of Dragon are legendary, and he is recognized as a symbol of wealth. The Dragon indicates anContinue reading “Losar Tashi Delek!”
Sometimes the best practice is a bit of Rest and Relaxation. When the pace of life seems to speed up into a frenzy, it’s important to balance all that hectic energy with a grounding practice. Some of my most profound practices come from a simple, slow and steady pranayama session, followed by a long shavasana.Continue reading “Practice Tip for the Week”
Just back from an amazing weekend at Jungle Yoga with Danny Paradise. I love this place! Nothing electric, no beeps, buzzes, alarms, no flashing screens. In place of that, we stayed in floating straw huts, and listened to the music of gibbons, cicadas, hornbills, barbets, elephants, jumping fish. Afternoons we sat for discussions about life,Continue reading “Yoga in the Jungle”