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Being Present with Suffering

When I'm wrestling with an idea I can sometimes (OK, often) be guilty of staying too high in the mountains, rather than down in the valleys---down in the mud. Lately I've been working with an especially tough subject though (did you read the title of this post?) and not getting very far. Mostly I've been writing and deleting, writing and deleting. Suffering and pain are in the mud. When one attempts to write about such things from a theoretical perspective, it can quickly sound hollow. Suffering and pain are real. They are aspects of life that can't be avoided. Last ... (Continue Reading)

By | 2014-11-18T14:35:14+00:00 December 10th, 2013|Embodiment, Meditation, Practice, Pranayama, Relationships, Yoga|10 Comments

An odd way of saying thank you

I’m sitting in the attic of my house. Currently one of my favorite places. The floors aren’t finished and the ceiling has steep slopes so you can’t fully stand in most of the room. I’m surrounded by art supplies that I’ve lugged across the country and back---finally able to spread out---and books, and my practice space, a little corner with my altar and meditation bench. I’m sitting in the middle of it all, at my computer, writing. I’m writing because nothing else seems a satisfactory way to express the gratitude I’m feeling this morning. Last week I wrote about the ... (Continue Reading)

By | 2017-08-31T17:10:01+00:00 November 5th, 2013|Creativity, Meditation, Nature, Practice, Relationships, Spirituality, Yoga|8 Comments

Roadblocks and Deepening Practice: The Need for Yoga Sutra 1.14

These days, I've noticed myself turning into an introvert. Anyone who has known me for any length of time would be surprised by this. I have always been exceptionally extroverted. I have always found energy in people and crowds and events. For most of my life, too much alone time would leave me feeling drained and even slightly depressed. But these days even a simple dinner party takes me a few days to recover from. It's quite strange and feels foreign. And I'm not sure how to understand it. What I do know is that I'm in a different place ... (Continue Reading)

By | 2014-11-18T15:36:15+00:00 November 1st, 2013|Practice, Spirituality, Yoga|0 Comments

A Yoga Practice to Welcome Fall

It's officially fall. It will be October next week and my body can feel the weather changing. I always try to mark the changing of seasons in some intentional way. A season change seems to provide an auspicious time for personal retreat. I have dreamt of offering seasonal retreats for years. Hopefully someday... When I think of fall, I think of the harvest, of scarves, of halloween and thanksgiving. I think of routines finally starting again and about making soup. I think about my skin losing its exposure to the world as I wrap myself in more and more layers. ... (Continue Reading)

By | 2014-11-18T15:37:01+00:00 September 26th, 2013|Asana, Creativity, Embodiment, Meditation, Practice, Pranayama, Retreats, Spirituality, Yoga|5 Comments