Category Archives: Yoga Philosophy

Dharma talks from Yoga Philosophy

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’s niyama- Isvara pranidhana and the Night Sky

I was mesmerized by a recent documentary called The City Dark. In this POV film, the many reasons the night sky needs our preservation was revealed in the most provocative ways. Our access to the dark night sky teaming with … 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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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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Happy Thanksgiving!

For Thanksgiving Day I want to share with you the closing intention that I offer at the end of each of my my yoga classes: “Today may we practice gratitude, for this body and this life; clarity that we may walk … Continue reading

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