Tag Archives: Body-Mind

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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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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Fact-checking and Satya (Yoga’s yama of Truthfulness)

The elections are upon us and that’s got me thinking about Satya, or Truthfulness. Satya is one of the yamas  (yokes or restraints) in yoga philosophy. The yamas give us guidelines for right living, showing us ways to look at … 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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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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