Tag Archives: 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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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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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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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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