meditation

Eight Limbs of Yoga In The Honey Jar

Do you want to know what meditation is?  If you practice yoga, did you know that yoga postures and meditation are inextricably linked? Meditation is the highest form of yoga.  There are common misconceptions around the terms meditation and mindfulness, and dare I say liberation.  This is the definition of meditation from the point of the the Eight Limbs of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras, a classic yogic text.  …

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The Other Path To Enlightenment

Imprisoned in the house from the cold, Christmas is a holiday to get through and New Year’s resolutions have never worked for me, so I struggle… every year, this time of year.   Repressed memories.   Unreached goals. Fear of more failure.   Gratitude for having more than enough laced with guilt in thinking of all those in need. I know this is part of the cycle – to …

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Blessings From The Celtic Solstice

This altar sends out gratitude for the earth that held and fed my ancestors. It is an invitation to the wind to enter my window as I sleep and fill my lungs with the ancient memories of their resilience. It calls to the water to nudge me tonight to flow through this lifetime as the generations of my fathers’ did; with the same acceptance the shore offers every unique …

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Breaking Through The Self on Earth Day

I celebrate Earth Day coming from the inside out.  Like the hatchling, I break out first.  You may see it as a crack or a hole. My specialized egg tooth is meditation; well equipped on the inside. Breathing the air deeply I ready myself to break free; the air that is within the egg.  Like the egg tooth itself, all dissolves. Then I have to peck to break out. …

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Applying The Three Gunas In Elections and Life

If you are still struggling with the post-election dystopia, have you considered trying yoga? Before you do, may I please explain something? As Gabriel Halpern said in his dharma talk last weekend, starting yoga to find peace and comfort is like being caught in a rain storm and deciding to jump in the ocean.  As a yoga studio owner, it saddens me to see countless class passes expire. In …

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OM – The Cosmic Healing Energy

Even if you have never entered a yoga studio, you have probably heard of the sound OM.  OM or AUM is the most frequently used sacred sound on earth, and the mantra often chanted in yoga classes.  Though it is meaningless, there is deep significance and healing power in this primordial vibration. So what does it mean and how can we use it as a healing tool? Sound is …

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Awaken On The Winter Solstice

At the end of this longest darkness I see you and remember who I am. Not able to tell if the day starts with snowflakes floating or fog resting; fingers fumble to write. The window is a stoic wall.  My heart is the window. In the safety of this sacred space I am learning to open. Genghis Khan no longer holds the mic. First shaking off the astral dust …

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