Posts Tagged: spirituality

The yoga of dying: Corpse pose

I recently had my first opportunity to speak on the intersection of yoga and death. In the week leading up to my talk, I had blocked off time in my calendar to prepare, but instead of using this time to write, I ended up sick in bed, high on cold medicine, unable to work. I… {read more}

I am bliss: Thoughts on Sivananda Ashram Bahamas

I’ve just returned from a week at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. Once a year for the past three years I’ve been invited to the ashram to run a workshop called “Yoga for the Nervous System”, which is all about using restorative yoga and pranayama (breathing techniques) to support the nervous system and promote… {read more}

My inner nun

There’s a part of me that longs for monastic life. Michael Stone called this my “inner nun”. He said that we all have an inner nun or an inner monk, quietly longing for stillness. As my meditation practice deepens, I find myself more in touch with my inner nun, looking for ways to bring her… {read more}

On practicing yoga and performing spirituality

I recently attended a training with a yoga teacher who, over the course of our 4 days together, revealed that she doesn’t chant om with her classes, nor does she use the Sanskrit names for poses. Moreover, if she’s teaching a 12-week program, it might be week 6 before she teaches a recognizable yoga pose… {read more}

Home from India: Thoughts on spiritual experiences

I went to India open to magic and mystery, and (spoiler alert) I found some, but (spoiler alert) it wasn’t where I expected it to be. To set the scene, let me introduce you to Ganga, the Hindu demigoddess, also known as the Ganges River. She was originally born of the god Vishnu’s divine toes… {read more}

Pot yoga, beer yoga, booze yoga: Not my practice

“It’s begun!” I groaned to my husband recently as I sat scrolling my Facebook feeds. “What?” he asked, walking over to me. “Pot and yoga classes. It’s not even legal yet, but there it is.” I knew it would happen, though I naively expected it to wait until after legalization. Offering marijuana and yoga together… {read more}