The Guru Within: The Turtle Power of Self-Trust

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do, you will sink and drown. Instead, You relax, and float.” ~ Alan Watts Most of us on the path of self-study encounter signposts along the way directing us to “Trust the… Continue reading The Guru Within: The Turtle Power of Self-Trust

Teaching Compassion for Yoga Teachers: Stage One

Jack Kornfield

The heart is like a garden: it can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. ~ Jack Kornfield   One of the first questions I ask of my YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) students is: “Why is ahimsa, compassion, the most encompassing of all the yamas?” Students answer with beautiful replies like this one from Jennifer Fogle:… Continue reading Teaching Compassion for Yoga Teachers: Stage One

Teaching Forgiveness: 4 lesson plans for yoga teachers

We need to build a society that is strong enough to fight intolerance ~ Pope Francis This morning I woke to the inspiring words of Pope Francis speaking on the White House lawn. He asked us to step up to this “critical moment of history” to ”build a truly tolerant and inclusive society”. Love and… Continue reading Teaching Forgiveness: 4 lesson plans for yoga teachers

Courage: The Heart of the Matter

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. E.E.Cummings Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin Most of us think Courage is synonymous with bravery. In fact, dictionaries often use bravery as the very definition of courage. Historically however, courage derives from the Latin word Cor which… Continue reading Courage: The Heart of the Matter

Santosha: Root to Rise with the Five B’s

Like the lotus, live joyfully among the sorrows of the world. Parmahansa Yogananda Last week as I sat down to write about Santosha, I was side-tracked by the dramatic news story of the furling (taking down) of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House. The furling of this symbol of racism was a result… Continue reading Santosha: Root to Rise with the Five B’s

Truth: We are Love

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 to reveal your authentic self, your dharma. Truth is the scalpel that dissects and cuts away kleshas and samskaras to reveal our diamond self. But… Continue reading Truth: We are Love

Authenticity: Bearing the Truth within Oneself

Krishna advising Arjuna

Krishna advising Arjuna It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma. But competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity. Krishna advising Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. Inside each and every one of us is one true… Continue reading Authenticity: Bearing the Truth within Oneself

Balance: It’s all about the Swing

Master teacher Debbi Murphy shares insights on finding balance. “Our own elegant physiology also reflects the importance of balance. Every move we make, every breath we take is a biological drive towards homeostasis, equanimity.”