Posts Tagged: spirituality

Home from India: Thoughts on ashram life

To date, I’ve spent time at five yoga ashrams: four in India and one in the Bahamas. My stays have lasted anywhere from about four days to a week. This is to say that I’m neither an expert on ashrams generally nor on any one ashram in particular. Disclosures made, I’ve written here about ashram… {read more}

Home from India: Thoughts on lineage

When I left for India last month, I was light in luggage (carry-on only!), but heavy in questions. Not a great number of questions, but a couple of biggies. The questions weren’t new ones, I’ve been asking them for years. Maybe you and I have already had this conversation, maybe these questions are yours also…. {read more}

Announcing: Satsang Saturdays

Here’s a new yoga word for you: satsang. Satsang means to be in the presence of true people, where sat means truth and sang means assembly or gathering. Satsang is a way to connect with others on the spiritual path. I’ve long felt lonely on this path, have you? There was a time when I… {read more}

Cell phones in yoga class: A compassionate approach

A few weeks ago, I taught a late-evening hot power yoga class at a popular fitness centre. The room was dark and sweaty, the lights dimmed low and the sun already set. It was a busy class, more than 40 students filling the room from wall to wall. We were about halfway into the 75-minute… {read more}

Yoga for Difficult Times: Ishvara Pranidhana

Yoga offers ancient solutions to modern problems. But you could also say yoga offers ancient solutions to ancient problems, because when things go sideways in our lives, the themes are as old as the sun. Grief, loss, disappointment, illness, anger, pain, frustration, loneliness: none of these are unique to the modern world. Your girlfriend may… {read more}

Yoga for Difficult Times: Svadhyaya

Yoga offers ancient solutions to modern problems. But you could also say yoga offers ancient solutions to ancient problems, because when things go sideways in our lives, the themes are as old as the sun. Grief, loss, disappointment, illness, anger, pain, frustration, loneliness: none of these are unique to the modern world. Your girlfriend may… {read more}