OM There is a flood Open the gate There is a flood Don’t be late Sit, please sit Open your mind Sit, please sit Practice being kind Fill your heart […]
Last month, I discussed the difference between authenticity and truth. Authenticity is “the truth of bearing who you are”, I said. It’s the work of diving deep, peeling off layers […]
I would like to invite you on a journey. A journey that explores your own authenticity. A journey that explores the potential for alchemy in your life. Our theme here at […]
Overall wellness hinges on a dynamic balance of web-like interconnections, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The human body is a fully interconnected organism, nothing working in isolation, and […]
I had a physical asana practice for over 15 years before I actually understood the role of intention in yoga. I recall instructors in New York City in the early […]
The gurgles of the baby, that innocent smile, the little hand that beckons and the tongue that rolls out a sound , ‘Mumma’ …’papa’. Yes! Parenthood is a delightful […]
Since childhood I’ve had a fascination with journaling, and at the same time a fear of not having enough to write. That all recently changed when I took a Brene Brown […]
Life isn’t about avoiding pain, feelings – any feeling! Even uncomfortable feelings like hunger, addiction, craving, fear, anxiety, depression. It is about learning to lean into those feelings, relax into […]
Meditation is a time when you let the outer world take care of itself. There is an old saying, “Let the world turn without you.” You will think about the outer world; that simply can’t be helped. Take this chance to settle into yourself and get some R&R. You do not have to be on duty, so give yourself over to the inner processes.
Meditation is a vacation that wipes off impressions that cause stress and strain. It is like a holiday that doesn’t make holes in the pocket but rejuvenates the mind and […]
Join me, Julian Walker, for my Everyday Enlightenment Workshop, on January 26th from 2 – 5 pm at Santa Monica Yoga. This unique afternoon will introduce you to “5 simple […]
Kim shares her final thoughts on the Sister vs. Sister 10 Day Meditation Challenge I know it has been quite some time since my last post but I have continued […]
If you want to be successful and happy in life, then knowing yourself is one of the most important ways to accomplish this. If you don’t understand how your own […]
Thanks to all of you who followed our 10-Day Meditation Challenge – Sister versus Sister. The last 5 days of the challenge were especially, well, challenging. I had been on […]
If we know the divine art of concentration, if we know the divine art of meditation, if we know the divine art of contemplation, easily and consciously we can unite […]
The Lovingkindness Intervention Today I had no problem accessing the videos for Day 3 of the meditation. Kim reported in today, too. She was having an issue with her laptop. So […]
The Internet was off and on all day today here. No meditation video watching for me. Instead I did a walking meditation. I started by walking down the stairs to the […]
I woke up at 6am this morning on the West Coast and am now writing this at 1am from the other side of the country in Cape Cod on the […]
Sister versus Sister (Okay, so it’s really not “Sister versus Sister”.) My sister Kim recently moved to Los Angeles (she is also a yoga teacher). We often talk about how […]
“In silence one can receive more because all one’s activities become concentrated at one point. There is only one real rhythm; in silence you hear it. When you live to […]
“You must have a room or certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspaper that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, […]
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. ~ Swami Sivananda I have found that having a […]
Introducing Mala Beads A mala is a strand of beads, traditionally used for counting during mantra meditations. Malas can consist of 108 beads, 54 beads, 27 beads, 21 or 19 […]
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart […]
Gratitude seems to be one of the few transformational practices that unites people beyond beliefs and words—beyond nation, race, and tribe. It is really this simple: When you have a […]
The billionaire founder of social network Facebook Inc. has agreed to give the majority of his wealth to charity, part of a broader group of rich entrepreneurs committing to philanthropy […]
I wanted to share this insightful post written by Andrea Marcum, Owner of U Studio Yoga in Los Angeles. Her mother, she shares, raised them in a “What will others […]
Interested in beginning meditation but don’t know where to start? The good news is that all you need is 5-10 minutes a day to get started. Are you thinking to […]
Fellow yogi and teacher Jamie Elmer shares her observations on multitasking. She notes that multitasking helps the ego feel more important. “Look at how important I am. I have a […]
This past weekend I had to visit the emergency room at our local hospital. (Thank goodness, we’re all okay.) Upon leaving, I was given a 7-page printout of Discharge Instructions. […]
Today on the Musings blog (a blog about mind, art, productivity and more), Koroush Dini MD, talks about how he defines meditation. He tries to define it simply ~ in […]
New yogis (or those who are “yoga curious”) often wonder if Yoga is a religion. It is not. Regardless of your personal belief system, you can practice yoga. Yoga teachers […]
Inspire Me Today is a great blog chock full of pragmatic action and inspiration. Today Gail shares the Top 10 Ways to Find Magnificence During Tough Times. One of my […]
I found this article about mindfulness in the New York Times interesting. It talks about more and more physicians becoming disenchanted with their profession because of the many distractions on […]
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali The Threads of Union Translation by BonGiovanni Available at The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Introducing a taste of The Urban Yogi Movement. Time lapse meets Group “Urban” Meditation. Filmed at Venice Beach Boardwalk, Los Angeles CA July 2009. Facilitated by Siri Shiva Singh. Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Ashley T. Hughes.
Here is the download for the essay previously posted, entitled The Awakening. To download it, simply click here: Download The Awakening (pdf) Please enjoy! Namaste.
A time comes in your life when you finally get it…when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out – ENOUGH!
This morning around 5:30 I was shocked out of sleep by a blaring BUZZ! Actually, the word “buzz” does not do this noise justice. It was more like the sound […]
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy ~Mahatma Gandhi
Yoga teacher and feng shui consultant Tisha Morris shares the 5 steps to create a sacred space for your home yoga and meditation practice.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Kat Rogers of Self Symmetry. Kat lives in Dallas where she teaches yoga and designs beautiful jewelry. She is pictured in the […]
Fifteen million children die of hunger every year. Did you know that at this moment in time more than 500 million people are living in “absolute poverty” and more than […]
The heart chakra is the fourth chakra and is located in the center of the chest. Governed by love, creativity and your sense of touch, the heart chakra is closely connected to various emotions such as compassion, honesty, respect, forgiveness, jealousy, anger, self-expression, happiness, generosity and the love you have for yourself and others.
We can use our yoga mat to help us achieve our dreams and break through any limitations we have in our belief system or our resistance to changing and doing something more.
Oprah announced early today that she was pulling her pre-taped show about the Columbine killings. On Facebook, Twitter and Oprah.com, she announced: I decided to pull the Columbine show today. […]
A visual chakra image to be used during meditation. Each color corresponds to a chakra, starting with red root chakra through purple chakra.
ShareYoga recently interviewed Halle Tecco, who is the founder of YogaBear. YogaBear is a special service that matches cancer survivors with yoga studios. Halle came up with the idea when […]
Mark Miller, a comedian and TV writer, shares his humerous point of view on meditation over at The Los Angeles Times today. If you have a moment and want a […]
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” -Buddha What is your work? How has yoga helped your work? Is […]
With practice (lots and lots of yoga and nine long years of regular dental appointments), I finally recognize my samskara about the dentist.
Jack Kornfield just happens to be the creator of one of my favorite meditation DVDs. I use it all the time and have played it when others have asked me […]
After devoting half of tonight’s Episode to the State of the Union review, Nightline switched moods quite dramatically with a segment on Eckhart Tolle. “Fire and brimstone his message is […]
I almost didn’t read this blog post because it said he was an “endurance sports” coach. You see, I really don’t think of myself as an endurance sports-type-a-gal. I mean […]
An interesting and inspiring story about Dallas lawyer, David Buckner who left a successful law career to start a Bikram yoga studio in Dallas, Texas. Excerpt from Article: Then Buckner […]
How “spiritual” you are has nothing to do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of consciousness. — Eckhart Tolle
1. STOP. Stop whatever you are doing. Stop whatever you are trying to accomplish. Just stop. If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, go into the […]
Jiddu Krishnamurti passed away 13 years ago today at his home in Ojai, California and so today I’m suggesting a meditation on one of the subjects he spoke about often: […]
For today’s Meditation Suggestion, I knew I wanted to feature a quote from Gandhi. I went to my books and the Internet and began my search. However, Gandhi said so […]
A Thought For Your Consideration There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open […]
In my head, I imagine each of my thoughts going out, almost like an octopus’ arms, into the world. During meditation, we pull all those “thought tentacles” back in and […]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fact that being a seeker means having lots of questions. In fact, I think it means having more questions than answers. Embarking […]
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it. -Mark Twain
Most Westerners have heard of the term karma and know it to mean bad mojo. (Admit it. You immediately went to Austin Powers saying “that’s bad mojo, baby”.) However, karma […]
Finding your center, and finding your balance around the holidays, (or anytime) is about finding your center point of LOVE. It’s not only what you are made of, it’s literally […]
I won’t kid you. I won’t tell you that practicing gratitude and appreciation in your life will turn on the floodgates of abundance. There are quite a few other factors […]
This Post Is Ode to Maggy My 2 year old Goldendoodle, Maggy, is snoozing in the corner right now. She has no idea this blog post is about her. In […]
I’m beginning to think that if there is a purpose to life, it is this: to see everything more and more clearly. To penetrate to the truth of everything and […]
It’s No Big Deal, Just the Future of Humanity I found this video while stumbling and immediately knew I wanted to share it with my readers. Please watch it through […]
The Secret to Ensure You Win on Tuesday is Within this Post Regardless of who wins the election on Tuesday, I hope we ALL as Americans, and moreover as Citizens […]
Playing Tetris the other day, I realized that while part of my mind was focused on the game, a big part of my mind was still “chattering” away with obsessive, […]
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. –Dalai […]
It is you that pervades this universe, and this universe exists in you. Your true nature is pure Consciousness. Don’t be small-minded. — Ashtavakra Gita (800-400BCE), India The Ashtavakra Gita […]
Each Friday we’ll post Friday’s Flow: a challenge or inspiration to carry with you through your weekend. Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered […]
I have been to Dr. Judith Orloff’s workshops twice and each time I go I learn something new about intuition, energy work and positivity. Judith Orloff, MD, an assistant clinical […]