A version of this article appeared in the January 2102 issue of Namaskar. Maybe you know the story: you lose your job, get dumped by your boyfriend or girlfriend, then the cat runs away and you tear your hamstring, all in the same week. Your morale takes a plunge. After all the work you’ve doneContinue reading “The Ground of Confidence”
Just back from a gorgeous weekend retreat at Thanyamundra, in Khao Sok national park.
A few days ago I got an alert from BirthdayAlarm.com…reminding me of an old friend’s birthday. I stared at the screen for a few moments. Joseph died 2 years ago. He ran a visa run to Phnom Penh from his home in Mysore, and instead of a new stamp in his passport, Pattabhi Jois’s one-timeContinue reading “Happy Rebirth Day”
All the practices of yoga–asana, pranayama, bandhas, or meditation–should be made suitable to the individual, considering that person’s time or season, place, age, profession, strength, and other factors. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, was the teacher of, among others, BKS Iyengar, Desikachar and our beloved Pattabhi Jois. His wise counsel has inspiredContinue reading “Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Makaranda”
1. Let go of something you know is not good for you. You don’t have to be dramatic about it. Just do it. If you slip on your discipline a week later, just try again, quietly. 2. Eat more raw food. It’s healthier, better for the planet, gives you incredible energy, and makes you wantContinue reading “14 Aspirations for a Happier New Year”
A longer version of this article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Namaskar: Wherever our sights are set, the arrow will fly. Our view forms our intention and guides the trajectory of our path. So our view is key. Whether focusing our gaze on the tip of the nose or envisioning a new directionContinue reading “Just Looking”
Last week I published an article in Elephant Journal, How to Know When it’s Time to Make Like a Buddha and Flee the Palace. But the question remains….then what? Fleeing the palace, or in my case, loosening my ties with the Ashtanga yoga community, is not really something that can be decided. It’s like suddenly,Continue reading “How to Make Like a Buddha…”
I’m grateful today for: 1. The incredible good fortune of a precious human body with which to enjoy this life 2. The love of friends and family who guide me along the way 3. The practices of yoga and meditation, and the joy of sharing them with others 4. My teachers, who shared and continueContinue reading “10 Things for which I am Thankful”
Settling into a new life here in Phuket.