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Several years ago, one of my students brought a woman friend to class. She thought her friend, a Protestant minister, could benefit from yoga. The woman was very polite during class, but gave my friend a stern little talk in the car on the way home. She couldn’t come to classes, she said, because it […]

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I think that one of the hardest concepts for new yoga students to get their head around is that asana, or yoga poses, aren’t static. They aren’t poses to be struck and held; they are a framework for movement, opening, and exploration – no matter how subtle these actions may be.
In my opinion, much of […]

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On the dual subjects of expansion and contraction, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I’m posting this short video of the jelly fish at the aquarium. Created by Stacy Alexander, the images are set to Ben Harper’s cover of Strawberry Fields.
Since I have quite a few people in my life, yoga students and friends, who complain […]

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Recently, on a fall trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I found myself mesmerized by the movement of the sardines in the large kelp forest tank. Watching the school expand and contract, I was struck by how this seemed to occur without communication or effort.

In fact, I learned there that there is no designated leader. […]

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I don’t think anyone is going to argue with what I’m about to say: Americans are obsessed with transformation. This may be rooted in the Protestant beginnings of the nation, or it may be deeper in the human psyche. But it seems that now, more than at any other point in time, we are […]

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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.
As is often the case, Tony […]

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People and dogs have cohabitated for many years. One group of researchers at UCLA thinks that dogs may have been domesticated as far back as 100,000 years ago.
So what does living with dogs teach us? They teach us about faithfulness, patience, and playfulness. They teach us how to relax. They become integrated into our lives. […]

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One of the things I love to do at the end of a yoga class, when my students are settling into savasana, is to read them a poem. Sometimes the poems relate directly to yoga, other times, the connection is less obvious.
I found this poem, by the Pulitzer-prize winning poet Lisel Mueller, on page 112 […]

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