Yoga does this magical thing. It helps us become more aware, which in turn helps us appreciate what we get to experience in this life. When we’re distracted, not paying attention, or overrun by life in general, it’s incredibly challenging to see the wonder in living. So, in this week when we all agree to at least take a moment to give thanks, I must first and foremost give thanks for yoga and the modicum of awareness I’ve managed to uncover with the help of the practice in my life.Read More
Yoga asana practice, doing the poses, makes you feel pretty good afterward, doesn’t it? Now, there are all sorts of factors at play in this phenomenon, but I want to present to you here one of the simplest, yet most powerful aspects, as explained by Amy Cuddy in her TED Talk on how your body language shapes who you are. This is one of my all-time favorites, because it offers up a giant nugget of gold that we all have just sitting in our laps.Read More
Have you ever gotten that Dr. Bronner’s soap? You know, the one with all the crazy sayings and Bible verses on it espousing over and over again that we’re “All One! All One!” Well, as eccentric as the man behind that soap might have been (see Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox), he certainly shared a key belief with yogis: that despite our surface differences we are, at our essence, made of the same stuff. Indeed, we are all one.Read More
What’s your yoga space like? I mean the physical space you’ve carved out of your home just for yoga. Do you have one?
It’s an all-too-often overlooked aspect of developing and maintaining a yoga practice: the personal space. Yet, I think I can safely say that yoga didn’t really start to set firm roots in my life until I made space for it in my home.Read More
Ok, folks, I’m going to be short and sweet this week, because I want you to use your normal blog reading time to listen. This episode of the Art of Charm podcast featuring Peter Sage hit all our warm and fuzzy buttons this week in my household, and I think you’ll dig it, too. I’ll spare you the diatribe and just give you one little tidbit to take into the podcast with you: remember the second yoga sutra.Read More
Ooh, ooh, we get to have some fun with this Sutra Sagacity! Our Maya Yoga team has made this gorgeous and entertaining quiz that you absolutely must check out. But before you get to selecting your answers, this edition of Sutra Sagacity will give you some background on your result. Take it away, Patanjali!Read More
The Gayatri Mantra is one of the oldest known and highly revered sacred Sanskrit chants. It comes from the Rigveda (estimated to have originated between 1500-1200 BCE) and is fascinating in its name alone. Gayatri is actually the name of the meter in which the verse runs: 24 syllables in a triplet of 8 syllables each. But isn’t Gayatri a goddess?Read More
Pick 3 poses. Don't just pick any poses, or poses that you do well, or fancy poses you'd like to achieve, but your 3 poses. Your poses are those that you should be doing every day right now that directly address your weaknesses or areas that need healing. This is something we do in teacher trainings out at Maya Yoga. When I first received this assignment from Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, my egg got thoroughly scrambled. How the heck was I supposed to pick just 3 poses? How could I boil down all the things I thought I could work on into just 3 poses? Hm. This was hard.Read More
This week at my house we had a party. But it might not be the kind of party you think. My partner and I had a vision board party for two, complete with indoor picnic, wine, The Beatles, and stiff hips in need of yoga after sitting hunched over magazines for hours. It was quite epic in my book.
If you’ve never done a vision board (me, before now) or if you think they’re corny and dumb (also me, before now), I’m a convert asking you to join me on this multicolored hodgepodge side of the universe.Read More
We all have excuses. I have plenty. When faced with something that’s really and truly challenging, or even scary, it’s easiest to grab two handfuls of reasons why not and run the other way. I know. I do scary shit all the time. And my beloved partner will tell you, it’s not without protests and freak outs along the way. But, somewhere even deeper than the fear of failure breathes a completely irrational, fanatical faith that I can doRead More
What would you think if I were to say to you that most of my own restorative yoga practice is done first thing in the morning?
“Say what? You crazy! I’d fall straight back asleep if I did that nonsense,” you say.
Ok, I might be a teensy bit crazy. But I can tell you I’d be truly batshit status if I didn’t have some restorative yoga in my morning life. In fact, restorative yoga first thing in the morning has been the savior of my morning practice for some time now.Read More
I’ve got some brain food for you this week, and it came in the form of a spine-tingling present in the mail. You should just go ahead and get one for yourself because I know you’ll love it as much as I do. My dear friend (and #1 student!) sent me this gorgeous hardcover copy of “Yoga: The Art Of Transformation”. This was originally an exhibit at the Smithsonian last year and is now making its way to fine art museums around the country. It’s simply stunning in book form.Read More
Our toils seem never-ending when to-do lists extend out the wazoo. Because our work is never done, we can lose sight of how far we've come, and too easily start to think we'll never get there. It's why a single day holiday such as Labor Day can seem like a cruel joke. It's also why I like to take it as a reminder to shift my focus from the ceaseless labor yet to come to the fruits of our labor already manifest.Read More
Evolution: it's one of the things I love most about the practice of yoga. Practicing yoga initiates evolution in every part of my being, and that evolution in turn creates the opportunity for evolution in my practice of yoga. It's a self-feeding loop that has no discernable beginning or end: an infinity crossing, if you will.Read More
So, you’re pretty darn good at asana and you think you’ve got it going on? Nope. Ok, that one was obvious. Let’s try this: you’ve put in lifetimes of work and you’re now, say, a celestial being made of nothing more than the residue of intellect. You’ve definitely got it going on, right? Patanjali says, “Think again, my friend.”Read More
When it comes to what people are dealing with, you just never know. I was going to write something more along the usual lines until I heard the terribly sad news about Robin Williams, an icon of film, stage, intellect, and emotion. To me, he was always a tremendous human being. To hear that his struggles with depression may have brought him to the end of his life makes me feel so deeply sad.Read More
I know, I know. Duh, right? Well, that's why this is lesson numero uno. When staycationing or vacationing, it can be easy for the smartest of us to get so excited the first day that we totally spaz out in the tropical sun for hours at a time. I believe my first words upon arrival at the beach that day were something like, "I should really try to not get sunburned." Yeah. Pace yourself and remember, shade is your friend.Read More
TKV Desikachar (Krishnamacharya's son) once said, "The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships." Indeed. I'm keeping that in mind as I hobble my happy ass around on a fairly intensely sprained ankle for the next few weeks.Read More
Go big or go home! That’s the mantra I imagine a lot of us live by when we first get going with yoga, or with any new venture, for that matter. It’s a tendency that seems to be ingrained in those of us who Patanjali might classify as students of the “intensely intense” caliber. Our focus tends to be on our big accomplishments. I remember clearly my quick progression from sheer terror to gleeful elation at my first handstand. Go ahead, think back to some of those things that were HUGE to you in the beginning of your relationship with yoga…Read More
Ahh, one week in to the all new Maya Yoga and it feels good! How can I describe it? Funnily enough, it's a lot like doing yoga: humbling, blessing, thrilling, terrifying, growing, really freaking awesome...ing. But don't take it from me alone. Other people are actually digging this thing, too!Read More