In yoga practice, we are constantly watching where our attention flows and noticing what we are aware of. There are two main ways that our awareness shifts - either exclusively into the small details - or inclusively absorbing the big picture. In this two-part series, we’ll explore exclusive and inclusive awareness.Read More
As you explore your body and its movement in life and yoga practice, you might discover a whole range of different ways to bring insight and understanding to what you feel and experience. Imagine that these different systems are maps that attempt to describe the territory of the body and support you on your exploration into this wild, untamed human experience.Read More
I want to share a little background and information about the somatic movements we’ve being doing in group classes and that I share with students during individual sessions. I was first introduced to this way of practicing in 2009, and my appreciation and understanding of this approach has only deepened over time.Read More
As the long-term journey of my practice evolves, I have come to see sensation as a spectrum. In the beginning we encounter strong and intense sensations as the dominant experience. Over time they start to soften and become less intense. When this happens, how might we shift our approach in practice to bring greater subtlety and refinement?Read More
Beginning a home yoga practice can be a daunting proposition, but its gifts are quite worth the effort it asks of us. If you are feeling daunted about the prospect of beginning a home practice, here are some helpful ideas on how to get started.
In this article, I dispel the most common misconception about a home practice and share some ways to set up your space. I also offer some ideas of ways to support your practice.Read More
If we were to compare our practice to a fire, we want to tend the fire of practice with intention and care. In my experience, a healthy fire burns slow and low over a long time. With practice we learn to feed our fire the appropriate fuel at the right time so that it maintains a sustainable warmth without too much effort on our part.Read More
What does it mean to practice alignment yoga?
In my experience, there are many concepts of alignment in yoga that serve us well in our practice. There are other ideas we hold tightly to that are hurting us and limiting the potential yoga offers us in our lives on and of the mat.Read More
As I sit in the sun and its (unusual) February warmth, I feel inspired to share some of my process and experience of our recent Blood Moon, Blue Moon, Full Lunar Eclipse and the questions it has inspired within me.Read More
"From the moment you enter the garden pathway until the time you depart, you should hold the host in most respectful esteem, in the spirit that the Gathering will occur but once in your lifetime."
- 15th Century Japanese Tea Master
"Practice and all is coming"
Said by Sri K Pattabi Jois -- and passed along as if a promise. A promise of what I wonder?
So many of us want this "all" to be good things. And often times it is.
While yoga definitely has the potential to offer us all these possibilities and more, there is no guarantee.Read More
All is Calm, All is Bright.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holidays.
May you rejoice in the little things that make this season special. The company of family and friends (near and far). The nourishing foods that sustain us in this cold winter. The rituals that offer inspiration and heart to the darkness of the season. May you offer and receive love in abundance. Remember the loved ones that are no longer with us, and cherish the memories of years gone past.
May you know the divine and unique fire within you. Tend it well so that you might share it with the world.
Two Hands Together. Namaste.
My yoga practice invites me to tune into rhythm and shifts in my body and in the world around me. I feel a strong pull this time of year to settle inward.
The December days in Santa Cruz grow short and crisp. The clouds build and empty rain onto our dry earth.
My lap is warmed by my kitty as we sit for morning meditation. My body responds and opens with the heat of asana.
I find myself exploring the darkness of the season. This journey takes me into the realms of story, mystery, ritual, archetypes, and the shadow within.Read More
As I sit and reflect on my recent study in the Prajna Yoga Temple in Santa Fe, I observe the deep soaking that happens during a week of practice and study. I find myself watching the ways that soaking slowly nourishes the leaves, buds, blossoms, and insights that come in the months that follow.Read More
As a student of yoga, either new or returning, it can be a bit daunting and embarrassing the first time you mistakenly breach etiquette in your favorite yoga class. There is rarely a formal introduction for new students, and sometimes we think we've got it right only to realize much later we've missed the mark a little.
My intention with this post is to share some tips on ways to respect the teacher and other students when attending a yoga class. I see it as a way to continue our mindfulness practice before, during, and after class.Read More
I've learned that while you don't need anything fancy, tropical, or far away to retreat into one's Self...
There is something quite alchemical about a retreat that combines yoga, meditation, hot springs on the Pacific Ocean, a treasured teacher, and a sangha of dear friends.Read More
Two hands together to all those who have entered my life this past year. A bow of reverence to those that have left. A wish for ease, grace, and love to those who continue to stand with me on this journey as I shed old habits, cultivate new, and grow and change in 2015.Read More
Walking along the ocean on December 21st, the sun sets on the winter solstice -- the shortest day of the year. An abnormally low tide at Pleasure Point reveals the normally hidden tide pools and craggy rocks along the shore...Read More
I'm been putting off the writing of this first post for quite some time now. Not really knowing how to start this new venture -- writing about myself and yoga for anyone to see and read. I thoroughly enjoy the process and experience of sharing yoga, but it is quite different talk about yoga, life, and this path when looking into a room with familiar friendly faces. Sitting here, I see a blank screen and I wonder what to say...Read More