from sadhus to zebras, part 1

Shiva was certainly testing me as I made my way to India this time, and as I later found out, also as I made my way to Africa. It literally took 80 hours for my feet to hit the ground in Chennai. Due to plane problems, instead of flying American to Brussels, then Jet Airways…

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…

just when you think you’ve had enough….

…someone says something nice. The longer I teach, the more I read about the corporatization of American yoga, the more I was thinking that I should quit teaching group classes and just concentrate on my own practice (which is very free-form but that’s another post), find my own yoga tribe and disappear somewhere… then someone…

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…

random musings: life, connections, India

I read Why India? this morning and left a comment for Braja. I told her that she was preaching to the choir (and thank you, Braja, for posting that awesome pic that I liberated — that little pic says it all for me!) Why India indeed? Braja wrote about it — I listened to a…

I have heard these words inside me

The narrator of the Gateways of Light video says that we are coming to some type of major defining moment in our history and “those people who are meant to unfold through this are unfolding and are doing it pretty rapidly.” Words similar to those above were said to me about 15 years ago when…

yoga in the real world

When I told a well-known and well-respected yogi who shall remain nameless that sometimes I teach in places where there are no props, she said with a sniff, “I don’t teach in THOSE places anymore.” Well, now.  Maybe one of these days I will have permanently traded up my yoga teaching venues sans any dysfunctional…

impermanence

Finally, I got it: a heart that is open to the world must be willing to be broken at any time. This brokenness produces the kind of grief that expands the heart so that it can love more and more.–Stephen Cope I had the great fortune of spending 10 days with Stephen Cope at my…

yoga healing, yoga journey

When one goes through a transformative experience, whatever it is, I believe that the shadows of our lives come forward like hungry children staring through a restaurant window, waiting to be acknowledged and given sustenance. I believe these hidden but never forgotten experiences are what cook us, and we can choose to allow them to…

one person at a time

Believe it or not yoga teachers can become very frustrated, sometimes even depressed about their teaching situation. I don’t know any teacher who does this for the money — maybe some do, but I don’t know any. yoga teachers also get burned out and quit teaching AND yoga altogether, I’ve known more than a few….