Ashtanga yoga offers a unique opportunity to connect with inner experience, providing a blank canvas upon which our dispositions, mental and emotional patterns, and behavioral traits come into stark relief.
Here in the US it's easy for us to think that yoga is just a bunch of postures, because that's what many mainstream classes here focus on. But did you know that yoga offers much more than just a physical practice? Ashtanga is what the Indian sage Patanjali called the "eightfold path to enlightenment" described in … Continue reading The Eight Limbs of Yoga
2019 marked year five which you can read about here. Every year I reflect on my practice. It all started when I was asked to write about it for my yoga shala's blog. I figured it might be helpful to look back and see what I've discovered along the way and to share these discoveries … Continue reading Four Years of Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga
For many people in the US, yoga is a wonderful entryway into the mindfulness and meditative practices. The use of movement makes it very accessible to those of us who struggle with restlessness and difficulty concentrating. In fact, asana (body postures) is only the 3rd of 8 limbs of the entire practice of yoga. They were intended to prepare the body and mind for meditation. … Continue reading Yoga Asana: A Moving Mindfulness Practice
The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness Peace Pod is a secular, sacred space. Most meditation and yoga teachers will tell you that it is important to reserve a special space for regular practice. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy – it could be a corner of your living room. It doesn’t even have to … Continue reading A Secular Sacred Space