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Habits of Body

Queer Little Historians

Just a raindrop loitering earthward, All alone, Leaves a tiny “telltale story” In the stone.

Gravel tossed by teasing water, Down the hill, Shows where once in merry laughter Flowed a rill.

In the coal bed dark and hidden, Ferns (how queer!) Left a message plainly saying, “We’ve been here!”

You . . . → Read More: Habits of Body

A New Experience

The yoga of a separated shoulder.

Initiated by a fall in the tub the three graceful curves that come together in delicate (but strong) balance have been released from their habitual relationship and I cannot do any yoga that requires physical symmetry. I must cultivate balance by using my mind to imagine the symmetry. Surprising . . . → Read More: A New Experience

What Get’s Us Into Yoga: Asana & Pranayama

These are the two limbs of yoga that the West attributes the most value to. They tend to forget that in yogic tradition spiritual study leads to the physical and study of the physical side leads to the spiritual!

Asana

We in the West tend to practice the asanas, or postures/exercises for purely physical . . . → Read More: What Get’s Us Into Yoga: Asana & Pranayama

Isvara Pranidhana: Letting Go

The fifth and final niyama is Isvara Pranidhana (surrender to God). I’ve seen it translated “dedication to God” or dedicating one’s actions to God. That letting go of outcomes is one of the tougher disciplines. . . . → Read More: Isvara Pranidhana: Letting Go

Svadhyaya: Niyama of Scholars

Svadhyaya, which means ‘study,’ has both inner and outer components. It means both self-study and self-education. In yoga tradition it is taken to mean study of God and the study of God within the individual. Many assume this indicates a very narrow scope of study.

I think that since this body and this personality are . . . → Read More: Svadhyaya: Niyama of Scholars

Santosa: A Holiday Niyama

This time of year carries a lot of stress for many people. The cultivation of santosa can help us handle both the crazy times and the alone times. . . . → Read More: Santosa: A Holiday Niyama

Aparigraha: The Heart of Thanksgiving

Aparigraha (“You shall not hoard” or “You shall not covet”). Thanksgiving is all about non-hoarding. It is the time for sharing abundance and taking care of each other. The time for celebrating all that the universe has provided.

Hoarding (could also be called coveting what one doesn’t need) shows poverty of spirit and indicates . . . → Read More: Aparigraha: The Heart of Thanksgiving

Brahmacharya: A Balanced Life

Brahmacharya is difficult to translate into Western terms. It literally means “under the tutelage of Brahma.” Brahmacharya refers to celibacy, religious study and self-restraint. It resembles expected behavior of monks and nuns in Christian monasteries. Yet, in Indian society, many people who practice brahmacharya are married with children, because without knowledge of human love one . . . → Read More: Brahmacharya: A Balanced Life

Asteya: Stealing from Self

Asteya means non-stealing (or, thou shalt not steal). There is a level at which each of us is part of everyone and every thing and from that perspective theft is a meaningless concept. But most of us don’t live in that perspective. If we did we’d have no inclination to take anything from anyone.

From . . . → Read More: Asteya: Stealing from Self

Satya: Lies and Self-destruction

The second yama is Satya. Satya corresponds directly to the biblical commandment, “You shall not lie.” . . . → Read More: Satya: Lies and Self-destruction