who says yoga classes should be 90 minutes?

New York yoga teacher J. Brown raised an interesting question today in his blog post regarding the “Incredible Shrinking Yoga Class.” He writes, “In the last twenty years, yoga in the west has gone from a guru-driven model to a market-driven model. Decisions still often come from atop a pyramid. But now, the directives are…

children’s yoga

Overheard a long time ago: “People can learn to bend over and touch their toes (or rather, re-learn since they could do that as a child), and yet that isn’t necessarily yoga.” I read a story about a yoga student who thinks he is an “advanced” student because he can put his leg behind his…

“Stripping the Sacred” – Brenda Feuerstein

“Teach people, not poses.” — Gary Kraftsow (paraphrased) “Yoga contains asana, pranayama, meditation. Anything else is acrobatics.” (TKV Desikachar, from a long ago intensive in India) Many of you know Brenda Feuerstein.  She was married to eminent Yoga scholar, Georg Feuerstein (1947-2012) and they collaborated on a wealth of books and trainings in traditional Yoga….

do I need to be anointed to be credible?

  So much goes on in the Modern Yoga World (TM) now that it’s hard to keep up without it sounding like a constant rant.  Maybe I should just write about what actor or rock star does yoga, post a photo of them drinking a latte with a mat under their arm, and comment on…

Sri Desikachar has died – June 21, 1938 – August 8, 2016

“The light has expanded and is continuing to guide us beyond boundaries of space and time. After an extraordinary life of service and healing, Sir TKV Desikachar reached the lotus feet of the lord on 08 August 2016 at 2.45am India Time. The family is making arrangements for the funeral following the traditional Indian scriptures….

Freedom Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat, Varkala, Kerala – November 7-17, 2016

IT’S YOGA RETREAT TIME IN INDIA AGAIN!   I loved doing my first yoga retreat in India in 2013 so here we go again! $1,800 USD Double Occupancy Only $450 USD Single Supplement $1500 “Honey Rate” for those partners who want to experience India but not the Yoga (includes shared cottage with partner, Welcome Dinner,…

diversity in Yoga — again

Back in 2007 when people used to read me, I wrote a post about the Color of Yoga asking why American Yoga is such a white thang. Seven years later my friend and yoga teacher Oreste Prada said it was time to change the question about the whiteness of Yoga. Today I read the perfect…

what are they teaching out there?

  The other night I was one of the speakers on this panel discussion in Chicago. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and I was invited to be on this panel by The Breathe Network.  The Breathe Network is an excellent online resource for trauma survivors looking for practitioners of holistic modalities and I am…

A student’s story: Real Yoga

What I do. My work is akin to that of a Medicine Woman. I dose intuitively as any good Medicine Woman does. What one student has to say, reprinted with permission.     “If talking did shit, we’d all be cured by now.” “That is a line from one of my favorite movies, Girl Interrupted….

Modern American Yoga (TM)

I no longer write as prolifically as I once did.  I started this blog in 2005 and the Yoga Blogosphere as changed tremendously in 10 years.  Modern Yoga Bloggers have forgotten whom their elders are. What some bloggers write about now I wrote about 3, 5, even 7 years ago: ageism, diversity, “slow yoga.”  “Slow…

Who are YOU?

“When we cling to an identity, we create rigidity within ourselves that limits our ability to engage spontaneously with the world. We become bonded to images of ourselves that have grown out of this rigidity, and anything that threatens these images has the potential to collapse our sense of self. We fear a loss of…