Sadhana – The Practice

Why am I staying?

Why am I staying?

Since the cancer first hit a couple of years ago, or three? Hard to believe… Since the cancer hit there have been several periods where the efforts to rid the body of the disease have dangled it on the edge of expiring, the edge of death, only to be given a chance to try again. [...]


Forbes: Four Steps to Cultivate Insane Customer Loyalty | and Why Yoga is a different sort of business…

Forbes: Four Steps to Cultivate Insane Customer Loyalty | and Why Yoga is a different sort of business...

Forbes – 4 Steps to Cultivate Insane Customer Loyalty: “How can you get customers clamoring to pay more for your products or services? Dino Dogan, founder of the social network Triberr, outlines four strategies that will keep customers from defecting to your competitors.” Read Forbes article –> — — As yoga practitioner first, then yoga [...]


What is “alignment-based yoga?”

What is "alignment-based yoga?"

What is “Alignment-Based Yoga?” Frankly, I have no idea. I’m not sure when I noticed the term starting to pop up, or its variants, but it always puzzled me. Saying “alignment based yoga” is like saying “tuning based music.”Let’s explore what this means. My training for the last 30 years of yoga has been most [...]


Action & Reaction, Choice & Impulse in the Bhagavad Gita

Action & Reaction, Choice & Impulse in the Bhagavad Gita

On Action & Reaction, Desire and Anger: Includes video of Citta Chats LIVE segment on this very topic, from a student question. Watch the discussion to further explore the article and topic: you. As human beings we have a unique ability to be motivated by something other than instinct.
We can exercise choice in relation to [...]


What is Karma Yoga? Pt1: The glory of where you are.

What is Karma Yoga? Pt1: The glory of where you are.

How much mental/emotional vitality dissipates into sorrow at what we cannot change? Today, where can you rejoice in what is, steering clear of patterns of perception of loss in what is not? I often hear such frustration or sadness at what one used to be able to do in yoga, for instance; or daily despair [...]


How can I practice “dispassion” when there is such suffering?

How can I practice "dispassion" when there is such suffering?

On Equanimity, Dispassion and Empathy: Everyday we experience ups and downs, things that bring a smile to our face or a knot to our hearts. For some the trials and suffering others, homeless in the streets, a child crying, an argument between lovers and so on will elicit an emotional response. Even those apparently numb [...]


Why Meditate? Part 1: Top 3 Reasons

Why Meditate? Part 1: Top 3 Reasons

New FREE Meditation practice Sundays, 8:20 am – 8:50am just before 9:00 am yoga class Yoga Tree Valencia San Francisco Meditation may seem like an elusive or esoteric practice, or some woo woo mumbo jumbo that other people do, but “not really for me.” So “Why meditate?” is a reasonable question. Here I offer a [...]


Yoga & Healing: An ongoing discussion

Yoga & Healing: An ongoing discussion

We held an event Sunday Dec 4th to reconnect, celebrate life and gather as a community of like minds seeking to learn about ourselves and this life through yoga. See below for comments and discussion, feel free to share your thoughts. If you went please comment here on your experience and insights, if not, feel [...]


Why Meditate? Part 2 … thoughts on intention and effects.

Why Meditate? Part 2 ... thoughts on intention and effects.

New FREE Meditation practice Sundays, 8:20 am – 8:50am, Yoga Tree Valencia San Francisco Yoga is first and foremost a practice, a means, of purifying the heart/mind, anta karana suddhi, for self-knowledge. The yoga sastra, or source texts, the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, tell us this. Asana, or the posture practice is but [...]


Healing & Rebuilding, and thanks

Healing & Rebuilding, and thanks

I am currently at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Pennsylvania, studying Vedanta, meditation, walking, rebuilding. I began study of Vedanta with Swami Dayananda Saraswati here in 1996, coming every year for over for over ten years, so it has had a big influence on me and the place is a familiar, comfortable refuge full of rich [...]


Stand like a Mountain ~ Tadasana

Stand like a Mountain ~ Tadasana

Tadasana has never been so empowering, so moving – and so elusive – in 27 years of yoga. Not quite a week out from a 5 day chemotherapy treatment, within a year of 4 rounds of 5 day treatments, and facing even more depleting and toxic treatments coming up – I feel wobbly, though not [...]


Top 5 Tips to Jumpstart your Home Practice

We all want to, but it just doesn’t seem to get off the ground, or out of the bed. An essential pillar in yoga is congruence in heart and mind, thought and action. There is what Swami Dayananda Saraswati calls the ‘knower-doer split.’ I know I want a home yoga practice, I know it is [...]


All is Given Pt. 2: Cultivating attitude of graceful acceptance – karma yoga is bhakti

Here I offer the principles and verses from the Bhagavad Gita that inform the principles in All is Given Pt1 and delve into the essence of Karma Yoga, which includes Bhakti, or devotion. There is no separate Bhakti yoga in essence. Again, I draw largely from Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s teachings. In essence Karma Yoga has [...]


Article on Meditation from Shambala. What do you want to do with your mind?

Article on Meditation from Shambala. What do you want to do with your mind?

I found a good article on meditation by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at Shambala Times. It goes well with the “All is Given” blog post I wrote recently. “Meditation is not a recess or a timeout. It’s a deepening and strengthening of the mind, which affects our whole life.” It’s a brief but rich and eloquent [...]


All is Given Pt. 1: musings, Sutras & Gita, and free meditation mp3.

[NOTE: it's a long one, you may want to print from blog for better reading. You have to read all the way through to download the meditation in mp3 format ] Is my body mine? Does it belong to me, in terms of rights of ownership? Am I defined by my physicality (gender, species, health, [...]


Practice: Just because… appetite

Practice: Just because... appetite

” ‘For the past eighty years I have started each day in the same manner,’ wrote Pablo Casals in his memoir, Joys and Sorrows. ‘I go to the piano, and I play two preludes and fugues of Bach. It fills me with awareness of the wonder of life, with a feeling of the incredible marvel [...]


Keep squeezing the belt! Resources for Pelvic Floor practice, or Mula Bandha (books, tips)

Keep squeezing the belt! Resources for Pelvic Floor practice, or Mula Bandha (books, tips)

As you know, unused muscle loses tone and strength. The mind is powerful, however thinking about doing pelvic floor exercises, and nodding ‘I know, I know’ will not a strong pelvic core make. Consistent, daily practice, “with no gaps” as Friday the Tibetan girl says in “How Yoga Works” will make for a rewarding practice. [...]


Practice: yoga now more than ever

Practice: yoga now more than ever

Someone asked me recently if I missed my yoga practice. Actually I am more consistent and present and dedicated than I have been in a while. The practice is more meditation and intention and breath awareness, breath work and not so much asana (postures). And those practices plug me into the heart of yoga very [...]