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 Lama
Here’s a nicely summarized list of Yoga class best practices found online today. I would add one more tip: 11. Do not wear perfume to yoga class! Take a quick shower beforehand if you do have perfume on. 10 Tips to have a better yoga session | WhatAboutTheSTOREy.com – stuff you love buying, stories we… Continue reading 10 Tips to have a better yoga session
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 or the Song of Ashtavakra is an Advaita Vedanta scripture. Many teachers and mystics held it in high regard. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a respected mystic… Continue reading Friday’s Flow: Something to Ponder this Weekend
Yoga Journal (online and print edition) has been an excellent resource to inform my practice for many years. One of its most useful tools, in my opinion, is its online yoga pose finder where you can find almost any yoga pose, its variations, a step-by-step guide to each pose, as well as contra-poses. For those… Continue reading Check out Yoga Journal’s Online Yoga Pose Finder
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 by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. –Chuang Tzu
Some lessons in life have already been learned — by humans who lived many centuries ago. These lessons have stood the test of time and the wise among us study history and learn from others’ observations in order to inform and enhance their own lives. Although the great Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who was often… Continue reading 6 Timeless Observations on Life by Marcus Aurelius
A great article by Coach Levi, a cycling coach, intended for mountain bikers but applicable to all athletes. Read the article here: Why Yoga Is Absolutely Necessary for All Mountain Bikers.
With all the political and economic turmoil going on in the USA this month, it’s sometimes easy to become jaded, angry, and fearful. When I stumbled across this article about Senator Obama, it made me wonder if perhaps I have missed opportunities myself to reach out to a stranger and offer a helping hand. Read… Continue reading The Kindness of a Stranger | Zen Moments
Update October 6, 2008: I find articles like this one a bit more encouraging Some New York state parents are concerned that the yoga being taught in their district has Hindu leanings, thus violating the separation of church and state. Do you agree? Can students benefit from the physical aspect of yoga without adding in… Continue reading Should yoga be allowed in public schools?
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 professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, has transformed the face of psychiatry, with her workshops and best-selling books like Positive Energy, which is a personal favorite… Continue reading Judith Orloff, How to Not Take On Other People’s Energy (video)
You often hear of Western yogis that travel to India in order to learn from the masters of yoga. Have you ever thought of traveling to India yourself? And, if so, where would you go? Mumbai? Darjeeling? Calcutta? And, what would you do? Practice yoga? Stay in an ashram? Search for your guru? If you’ve… Continue reading India, The Birthplace of Yoga
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