morning rants

Good morning, yoga peeps!  No, I’m not going to say NAMASTE. Because OH MY GODDESS, GIVE ME STRENGTH TO DEAL WITH THIS MODERN YOGA WORLD. I just came back from one of my favorite places on Earth and I’m not talking about India.  The only reason I returned home was my cat Maggie, NOT because…

are you faking it ’til you make it?

Below is a question that was asked in a Facebook yoga group I belong to.  As a teacher who is persona non grata in my local “yoga community”, it was an important question.  My answer to the teacher’s question is below it. “I’m wondering how people experience and process professional jealousy. It seems to be…

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…

here we go again, part 2

yogis I want to say from the onset that my writing is not meant to be a scholarly history of Hinduism and I won’t get into any debates about what Hinduism is, who is a Hindu, etc. I am more than cognizant of the various Hindu gods and goddesses and know the difference between a…

life is a vinyasa

1. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old. The forever changing images that I see in the mirror each morning remind me of the first of Buddha’s Five Remembrances. Today this soul’s present incarnation has been on this planet for over 50 years. My photographs are…

dharma talk: Michael Stone

What a surprise it was to receive an email from Michael Stone, author of Yoga for a World Out of Balance: Teachings on Ethics and Social Action. Michael told me that he likes this blog (and it always does this old English major’s heart good when published authors tell me they like my writing –…

handbook for life, 2010

Lots of good advice here, but my three favorites are nos. 21, 33, and 37. HEALTH:1. Drink plenty of water. 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like beggar. 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 4. Live…

a Buddhist thanksgiving

Even if you are not a vegetarian or a vegan, please remember to practice compassion and mindfulness in how and what you eat. I know that His Holiness the Dalai Lama eats meat, but the longer I’m on the yoga/Buddhist path, the closer I get to becoming a total vegan. I still eat fish. Occasionally….

remember to live

The deaths of two people I never met inspired this post. Yesterday a man and his dog were killed by a drunk driver one block away from my house. Not even one block away. I wasn’t home when it happened but I am sure I would have heard the crash and the neighbors’ screams and…

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…