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…

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…

let’s give ’em something to talk about

Fasten your seatbelts, kids!  I’ve seen a flurry of articles about yoga on Facebook that SCREAM for pithy comments! Here goes: Tony Perkins Upset That ‘Goofy’ Yoga Classes ‘Driving Religion Out’ Of Military Christian conservative leader Tony Perkins is upset — this time, about yoga classes being offered to military members. Why? Because the “goofy”…

is school out on old school yoga?

I posted this blog post on my Facebook page yesterday:   Is Old School Yoga Becoming Extinct? The blogger — who owns a studio  in Lewisville, Texas — makes many excellent points.  When I lived down the road from that area, 1989-1992, I think if I would have mentioned the word YOGA to anyone I would…

read. this. now.

The Trouble With Yoga. One of the best pieces I have read about “what’s wrong with yoga.”  Actually, NOTHING is wrong with yoga and I’m damn tired of reading how people quit yoga because they’ve hurt themselves.   Maybe the writer should have read this that I wrote four years ago before she up and quit….

yoga teacher training standards debate

Lots of good discussion here expressing some of the reasons why my future teacher training program will be 300 hours and include modules that are not usually taught in a standard 200 hour training (i.e., in my area.)

yoga in OMerika: what $95 buys

$95 bought that logo. I don’t consider my posts about the Yoga Alliance as rants, although I am sure some would consider them as such.  I consider them a public yoga education.  I am reporting my own experience in order to help any newbie teachers make their own informed decisions. I gave my reasons in…

the further adventures of yoga in OMerika

Yoga in OMerika. Things here always get curiouser and curiouser. Over the years I have written a lot about yoga teacher trainings, babies teaching babies, and registering with the Yoga Alliance.  As of today I am officially an RYT…again. I did two teacher trainings in 2002 and 2003 and at that time my teacher was…