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Sumo Wrestling and Samskara

Valentine’s Day got me thinking about ongoing relationships and the challenges of communication between two people. This applies to all relationships; our significant other, parents, children or co-workers. Have you noticed how we tend to get into habits of responding … Continue reading

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Drifting and Steering: Yoga’s Voyage

In Mark Nepo’s book “The Exquisite Risk” he says “the human journey is one of steering our way back to center over and over.” Nepo likens our journey through life and transformation to being in a canoe. “…If left alone … Continue reading

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Yoga, Tigers and Strawberries: Can you smile anyway?

At a recent book group gathering, a question bubbled up in the course of our musings. It went like this: “Why is pain or sadness more “sticky” than joy or happiness?” Why do we so easily and sometimes so viscerally … Continue reading

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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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Dogs, Yoga and the “Wisdom of No Escape”

Last week it was time to bathe my dog Pearl. She hates baths and it’s always a bit of an ordeal for both of us. Pearl is 12 now, so I wanted to find some small way to take her … Continue reading

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Ego: The easy way out… (or not). The yoga Klesha Asmita

  One of the five Kleshas or hindrances in Yogic philosophy is Asmita, or egoism. The word Klesha is derived from the sanskrit root Klish which means “to suffer, torment or distress- to cause trouble”. The Kleshas are the Hindrances. … 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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