Generosity

Generosity

As good yogis we are meant to practice the precepts set forth by Patanjali in the Yama and Niyama. One of the “thou shalts” that I needed to work with today is called Aparigraha – the practice of non-greed. I’ll just say that I fall from yoga...

Negative Fantasies

The first time I came across the term “negative fantasy” was in the workshops produced by the Human Awareness Institute. Over the last two days I have gone in and out of my own negative fantasies which had the effect of making me feel about as low as I...
Yoga and Relationship

Yoga and Relationship

  I spent some time with a friend I haven’t seen for a long time yesterday. After an acrimonious breakup of a long relationship, he still speaks disparagingly of his former partner. That makes me sad. It made me think, what is there in yoga that can help us...
The Watcher

The Watcher

I’m not a meditator, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit. Or, am I? The ancient sage Patanjali – a pivotal proponent of the art of meditation – collected all sorts of wisdom of the times, compressed it into 196 pithy sayings, and gave them to us...

Discomfort

Any teacher worth their salt – it doesn’t matter if the subject matter is yoga or biology – will be learning from their students as well as teaching them. That’s how teaching becomes an art, and it’s what makes teaching a great...
So Useful

So Useful

Are we meant to think of yoga as utilitarian? Probably not, if you think of Classical Yoga, Patanjali’s yoga. He seems to recommend that we give ourselves to yoga to uncover our true selves. That’s very different than me stumbling out to the Yoga Shed and...

Mind Stuff

There have been quite a few books published on the topic of doing yoga “off the mat”. Click here for an example. The idea is that we practice yoga on the mat with a certain philosophical approach in mind and we take what we learn into our everyday...