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Archive for August, 2007

One of my friends recently took a beginning yoga workshop. She has practiced a little yoga at home and decided she would try it with experienced instruction. I know she has a physical history of childhood heart surgeries and had recently been spending quite a bit of her personal energy healing some emotional childhood hurts. [...]

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A friend of mine – one who obviously knows me well – emailed me this cartoon yesterday… I found it so funny, I thought I’d share it with you. It’s an “Opus” panel by Berkeley Breathed, and it seems like the perfect follow up to my post about the death of Jerry Falwell. I sincerely [...]

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It’s funny how once I start thinking about something, the theme seems to reappear throughout my daily experiences. Not long after I started working on my last post about the western feminine gender polarity of yoga, I was in a class with Tony Briggs at Turtle Island Yoga in Marin County.

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Historically, yoga has belonged in the domain of men. It was developed by and for male bodies, and often draws on the language of male experience. Consider, for example, the Virabhadrasana, or Warrior, series of poses, which depict bodies in battle poses. (Click here to see Warrior I, II, and III.) Yet in the United [...]

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After my last post about metta, or maitri, a friend posed this question to me: “Many meditation exercises to develop metta forbid you to focus on someone with whom you’re romantically invoved or sexually interested. Why is this? And, how, then, does metta become extended into intimate relationships?” I’m certainly no expert in Buddhist or [...]

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