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…

“Mechanism of Meditation” — lecture by Kausthub Desikachar, 3/15/12

The second of Kausthub’s lectures at the “Discover Yoga Anatomy” intensive at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, March 2012…. ############ Many people make claims about meditation, but still don’t  understand it.  They assume that TECHNIQUES are meditation.  What is happening in modern day science and medicine is that they say meditation works, but we don’t want…

simple but not easy

“Learn a little bit, then think, then meditate and acknowledge your conclusions. Through that you can heal yourself.” Gelek Rimpoche Wisdom from one of my favorite teachers. addthis_pub = ‘yogagal60510’;

I’ve been kicked out of better places than this

OK, I really wasn’t kicked out. I just wasn’t let in. In 2006 I did my first 10 day silent vipassana retreat here that is in the strict Goenka tradition. A requirement of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training that I did at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California was that one had to sit…

yoga wisdom from my teacher

Meditating on Meditation by Srivatsa Ramaswami “I was watching a live television program in India some 30 years backwhen TV had just been introduced in India. It was a program in whichan elderly yogi was pitted against a leading cardiologist. It wasvirtually a war. The yogi was trying to impress with some unusualposes which were…

taking a long savasana

For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind? And when the Earth has claimed our limbs, then we shall truly dance.–Kahlil Gibran Savasana is the dying that brings life so I’ve decided to slowly fade away. I may post sporadically, I may not. How can I…

meditation

“We hardly ever listen to the sound of a dog’s bark, or to the cry of a child or the laughter of a man as he passes by. We separate ourselves from everything, and then from this isolation look and listen to all things. It is this separation that is so destructive, for in that…

be here now

Mike always has the best posts in his blog Silent Musings — short, pithy, and exceedingly on point about spirituality. I found myself laughing in agreement at his description of riding the Los Angeles commuter train — in my previous life as a legal assistant I rode the train to downtown Chicago everyday and also…

"ecology of mind"

Here is Chogyam Trungpa’s “ecology of mind”, a talk given at Naropa University in 1974. for those of you who don’t know him, Trungpa was the “crazy wisdom” meditation teacher credited with bringing the Shambhala tradition of Buddhism to the west in terms accessible to westerners. The Shambhala tradition believes in the inherent wisdom, compassion,…

when loving-kindness is needed

(Photo for the Tribune by Patrick Yeagle) About 5 hours ago I had to deal with students whose friends witnessed a massacre. 7 dead in NIU shooting; 4 identified; Ex-graduate student slays 6 before killing himself I teach at a community college that is less than 40 minutes from Northern Illinois University. I was starting…

body consciousness

Those of you who have been reading this blog regularly know that I don’t treat yoga as a physical exercise or performance art. I know that people come to yoga for all different reasons, and many people say “so what if people just do yoga for the work-out? they’ll find the non-physical part of it…