the dharma of doo-doo

It always does my heart good when I hear a student talk about how yoga has helped them in their life. Most of the realizations I’ve heard are more about the non-physical than the physical, things on a deeper level than achieving an arm balance or handstand. I sit back and say to myself (or…

Happy Saga Dawa!

In the Tibetan tradition, June 7 was Saga Dawa, a remembrance of the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. Saga Dawa is the entire fourth month of the Tibetan calendar which this year began on May 25 and ends on June 22. The seventh day of Saga Dawa, May 30, is the day of…

how easy to forget

“Happiness is what greases the wheels of life. It’s also what opens the floodgates, marshals the forces, commands the elements, raises the sun, aligns the stars, beats your heart, heals what hurts, turns the page, makes new friends, finds true love, calls the shots, waves the wand, connects the dots, feeds your mind, frees your…

why?

While working with a private student this morning I asked: why is it that people are so attached to things they CAN NOT change and don’t do anything about (or are so detached from) the things that they CAN change? How does that view of reality get so turned around in people’s heads? You can’t…

thanks given

to…. Suddha Weixler. . .for showing me what it means to be a true yogi Srivatsa Ramaswami. . .for showing me what pure yoga is and inspiring me to go to India Paul Grilley. . .for showing me that yoga truly is “all in the bones” Sarah Powers. . .for confirming for me what I…

right livelihood

Dzambhala — Buddhist — He embodies the power of wealth to benefit beings. He symbolizes “richness” in all its forms and holds the mongoose which vomits jewels for the benefit of beings. Ganesha — Hindu — God of Prosperity Right Livelihood is one part of the Ethical Conducts in the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha…

notes from the Dalai Lama

This might be first place you’ll read that the Dalai Lama is cute — a stooped, shuffling little old man whom you want to hug, or at least help into his chair. There is something so endearing about a stooped, shuffling little old man with a beautiful smile, twinkling eyes, and a hearty laugh. A…

buying your way toward enlightenment

Isn’t this great? I can’t wait to get my new VISA card that has an AUM or Buddha’s face on it! I don’t know about anyone else, but when I saw an ad for this I let out a groan. Using Buddha or the AUM symbol to market something that is the epitome of a…