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 […]

The Four Goals of life: Artha: wealth and beauty

We’ve been contemplating the “chatur purusharthas” recently. They are the four goals of life in the yogic canon: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Yoga is said to produce the accomplishment of these goals. So far we have explored Dharma, which is a deep subject pertaining to doing what is right and also doing actions that are right for your particular nature, comparable to the concept of “right livelihood.” Today we are exploring “Artha” the second goal of life, which translates as wealth, opulence, and beauty. I believe our word “art” is derived from this common root.

Seamless Robes

Today’s Science section in the New York Times has an interesting article: “Mind Games: Sometimes a White Coat Isnt Just a White Coat.” It is about experiments that were done studying a phenomenon they call ‘enclothed cognition’ which says that the clothing we wear affects our cognitive processes.

The Four Goals of Life: Dharma

You will notice that the holy books of Yoga, such as the Upanishads, the Gita or the Yoga Sutra, are very big on outlining certain intentions, specific goals: they are praising, describing and instructing on how to attain the goal of Self realization, and how to live an awakened life.

Samadhi

Samadhi I We are contemplating and speaking of samadhi lately. Samadhi is a theme that threads throughout the yogic canon. The word refers to a state of being which could be loosely translated as “equal vision.” It is the state of Self-realization in which one experiences unity with the universe. The word’s etymology gives a clue […]