Intention

Greetings Beloved Yoga practitioners! This month we welcomed 2018 with the theme of Intention At the start of the New Year we mobilized our yoga practice to examine the very nature of intent and to clarify and invigorate our goals and resolutions. It seems that intention and purpose are inseparable from life itself. I recently […]

The Heart

Your Yoga newsletter for the month of December, 2017 Greetings Yogis and Yoginis! This final month of 2017 we have been exploring the topic of the Heart. The heart has many layers of significance in the sphere of Yoga philosophy and practice. To begin with, Hatha Yoga practices of breathing, stretching, toning and meditation are […]

School of Recognition

November 2017 Yoga Newsletter Greetings yoga sangham attending class this November 2017! This month we were contemplating and practicing thanksgiving, delight and recognition. There is a whole philosophical school of Yoga Tantra methodology devoted to this attitude called “Pratyabhijna” : the School of Recognition. Recognition is an orientation to reality that cultivates awe and reverence […]

The Void

Greetings Dear Friends and Sangham attending class this October 2017! Some notes on our topics and the central theme examined this month: THE VOID Void or emptiness is important to both Buddhist and Yoga philosophy. The important thing is not to conceptualize the void but to experience it. This void is called “shunya” in Sanskrit. […]

Our Work is Cut Out For Us

I thought I was being charming at dinner recently, in the midst of telling one of my fascinating stories, when my son turned to his father and said: “Dad, youre a saint.” We all laughed at his gentle tweak but the phrase stayed with me. In contemplating it I speculated that a fully lived human […]

Hatha Yoga is Kundalini Yoga

I am often asked what kind of yoga I teach, and after almost 35 years, I am still stymied as to how to answer. I usually mercifully restrain myself from breaking into a lecture and say that I teach hatha yoga. The problem with this is that the meaning of the word has been abducted […]

Monkey Mind

Happy Chinese New Year! It is the Year of the Monkey and it is said the character of the next 12 months will mirror some traits we associate with monkeys: quick moving, volatile, tricky, changeable and inventive. In the field of meditation we often hear the mind described as a troublesome “monkey mind”, meaning it […]

About Anger

“Attachment breeds desire. From desire anger is born. Anger leads to delusion, from delusion, forgetfulness, from forgetfulness, the destruction of intellectual discernment.” Bhagavad Gita, II:62/63 . I have been thinking about anger and the things i have learned about it. The above quote from the Bhagavad Gita is succinct. If we deconstruct the emotion we […]

The Discipline of Love

We are contemplating a topic today that probably gives a lot of us the heebie jeebies: Discipline. Discipline, restraint, practice, sacrifice, and consistency: these things form the spine of a yogic life. There is a plaque enshrined at the entrance to the Harvard Law School library with these words: “You are ready to aid in […]

The Four Goals of Life : Kama

We have been contemplating the four goals life, the “chatur purusharthas” for the past few weeks (they are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha). Yoga is said to bring about fruition of these goals, and today we have come to “Kama,” which means sense pleasure, especially sexual and erotic pleasure. This word Kama is familiar to […]