“In some ways the negative samskaras are like an addiction. But instead of being addicted to a substance you get addicted to a particular emotional state that leads to suffering and pain. The samskaras have a familiarity to them and even though they lead to suffering it is also somehow all you know as life.… Continue reading Overcoming Negative Habits by Igniting Agni #yogachat
What are samskaras and how do they affect us? [Tweet it] Why is it important to become aware of your samskaras? [Tweet it] What are the gunas? And, how do samskaras relate to the gunas? [Tweet it] What practices can help you become aware of your samskaras? [Tweet it] How can your yoga and meditation practice… Continue reading Understanding Samskaras #yogachat
Master yogi Debbi Murphy shares the 9 distractions that prevent us from living our dharma. She provides several questions for you to ponder and then journal and meditate upon, to help you discover and ignite your passion.
As I sit on my mat, soles of my feet pressing together, knees floating above the ground, my hips trying to release some deeply-held tension, I bow down over my legs and dangle my head over the soles of my feet. In this position I feel the tension in my back begin to soften, but… Continue reading Forgiveness Begins Within
After listening to the Buddhist monk Jack Kornfield describe ‘Labeling the Thoughts’ as a meditation, I decided to try it for myself. As I move through life, I am constantly weeding out the good, the bad, and the bullshit. I realized that this technique of labeling my thoughts aided me in this process. For instance,… Continue reading A Bump in the Road
Satya is a Sanskrit word meaning truth or reality. Patanjali refers to it in verse 2.28 of the Yoga Sutras as the second of the five Yamas – a list of guidelines for “right living”. This can seem like such a simple concept – tell the truth, don’t lie. But is it really that simple? … Continue reading Five Steps to Living Your Truth
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
Ganesha is often called the Remover of Obstacles, but if you look deeper into his story, you will see that he can also put obstacles in your path. So a more accurate title might be Manager of Obstacles. Some yogis even call Ganesha the Revealer of Possibilities. And isn’t this closer to the truth of… Continue reading How to Ride a Crocodile
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 body. Imagine a phase in life when your mind stops chattering about the things you don’t want to listen to. What if you begin to… Continue reading Top 10 Myths About Meditation
With practice (lots and lots of yoga and nine long years of regular dental appointments), I finally recognize my samskara about the dentist.