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Yoga’s niyama, Svadyaya- Self Study

The niyamas of Yoga are the observances we strive to uphold in order to live our best, “right” life. While recently reflecting on the essential niyama of yoga, svadyaya (ongoing investigation of the self), I remembered a story of my … Continue reading

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Wrong Perception or Avidya; Yoga, I Love Lucy & Billy Collins

I love poet Billy Collins’ style of writing. He takes an ordinary occurrence and makes a crazy thing of it, spinning tales that take us down the rabbit hole in a heart-beat. He uses humor to take us to profound … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy, Saucha and the surprising Practice of “Cleanliness”

Hurricane Sandy has left her mark on so many lives here in the Northeast. The degree to which this storm has turned lives upside down goes from loss of power, loss of homes, to loss of lives. It has left … Continue reading

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Yoga, Jazz & Theodore Roosevelt: Do What You Can With What You Have

  My husband is a jazz musician and plays the drum set. He is an aficionado of sound- especially when it comes to his cymbals. He uses a technique of hammering an existing brass cymbal in order to alter its … Continue reading

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Svadyaya: Yoga’s Niyama of Self-Study

  Of all the topics out there to study- why is Self-study one of the most important subjects we can tackle in order to transform our lives? I don’t use the term “tackle” lightly either! Study of self inherently comes … Continue reading

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Pratipaksha Bhavana

 “When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of”. This instruction from the Yoga Sutras in Sanskrit breaks down as Prati- other, opposite; Paksha- wing, half; Bhavana- dwelling, mansion, being. I love the visual image of walking into a … Continue reading

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Beginners Mind

Beginners Mind In the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, the Soto Zen master Suzuki-roshi said this, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” My husband, who is a musician, not a Zen … Continue reading

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