Tennis Yogini: Sunday Morning Practice

Tennis Yogini: Sunday Morning Practice

What kind of crazy person would jump out of bed on a Sunday morning at 8:15 to play tennis? To flesh out the picture a little more, today’s forecast predicted a high of 34 degrees. Without a cloud in the sky. High humidity was going to add another layer of...
Yoga Therapeutics: The Lazy Dog Trick

Yoga Therapeutics: The Lazy Dog Trick

Here’s a way to get the that delicious back stretch of Adho Mukha Svanasana without having to bear your own weight. Your back muscles will release simply because they are supported in letting go. You can do this pose over the back of a soft, stuffed chair or by...
The Image of Yoga

The Image of Yoga

Recently I’ve become enamoured of a social media site called Pinterest. It does two things for me: 1) connects me with other lovers of images, and also (2) with lots of interesting, striking images. When I look at the Pinterest section devoted to yoga images, I...
Important Yoga Practice No. 5: Flexibility

Important Yoga Practice No. 5: Flexibility

Have you heard yoga teachers tell you to go into a deep bend at the hips and bring your hands to the floor and your head to your legs? I certainly have. The instructions imply great flexibility in hips and hamstrings. Sometimes we haven’t actually heard those...
Yoga &Humour

Yoga &Humour

Amazing what you can do when you are given completely new hips. (Only kidding.) I’ve always thought that yoga poses are inherently funny. Sometimes I look around a class of students who have voluntarily submitted to being put into Kurmasana or Yoginidrasana or...
Yearning

Yearning

Here’s a quote I came across yesterday (apparently it’s the star that Julian Assange steers by). I like it very much and thought you might too: If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and...

Frisking Vs. Frisky

I like joking. I think I have a reasonably good sense of humour. It’s fun to share a joke even with a stranger, like at the supermarket check-out; it’s an opportunity to brighten each other’s day. Ever since fears about terrorism have been so...
Pain

Pain

For me, the really ugly thing about being in pain isn’t the pain itself but the way it takes me out of relationship with people and the environment. I just want to go to ground and isolate myself, like an animal crawling down its lair. This is not the way I...