New Grooves: Exploring Samskaras

Happy New Year Dear Yogis.  This is such an exciting time of year for me.  I love the symbolic renewal of a New Year, and all of the possibilities it suggests.  I think others must feel this way too since so many resolve to do something big and grand and so closely held.  A New Years resolution is like admitting …

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How to do Yoga with a fork in your hand

Some might call me crazy, but I think that the practice of yoga is essentially hedonistic.  For years when I practiced yoga I did it for the pay off at the end.  I suffered through the pain and mild boredom for the feeling of calm gratification I would achieve as I laid in savasana.  Slowly though my attitude began to …

What’s in a Craving?

Food.  That giver of life and nourishment, object of desire, source of endless inspiration and cause of massive regret and agony.  It seems so simple really.  We eat to live.  We humans need only a few things to survive; oxygen, water, food.  And quite a few more to thrive including; companionship, love, a purpose.  These things seem so separate don’t …

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The two most useless emotions

In asana (yoga postures) classes we talk about practicing without ego.  Ego in yoga is like a toddler with a sharp object.  Nothing good can come from it.  Ego breeds injury and separates the student from the kind of inner quiet that asana is so good at cultivating.  Ego in asana is the devil on your shoulder that compels you …

A little compassion

It sounds a little silly, but one of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from the Oprah show.  Years ago I watched a show with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray Love”, required reading for any divorcing yoga enthusiast.  I’m not really sure what else was said on the show but I’ll never forget one very sage …