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The Five-Year Experiment Has Reached the Critical Phase

The background noise in my head was negative. Maybe mantras could help me break the negative thinking habit. That was the beginning of the journey to facing my fear of silence. . . . → Read More: The Five-Year Experiment Has Reached the Critical Phase

Bringing Yoga to the Dental Surgeon!

I’ve been telling students for years that forward bends were about surrender and back bends were about trust, but it was all theory. I never thought to put them to the test before. . . . → Read More: Bringing Yoga to the Dental Surgeon!

Interview with Monique Danielle about Her Experience with Scoliosis and Yoga

Monique visited one of my classes and I was fascinated with her experience of bringing her body back into balance through yoga. -Jinjer

After you drew attention to your scoliosis, I looked at your back and saw that incredible, tight, s-curve. And I wondered, what can it be like to grow up with that? How . . . → Read More: Interview with Monique Danielle about Her Experience with Scoliosis and Yoga

Why I Teach Yoga

Students one Saturday. The mix changes from one week to the next. They all bring light into my life!

I was a little nervous starting out. I did not have the body shape normally associated with yoga. And I could not sit in the lotus pose (or do many other of the advanced poses) . . . → Read More: Why I Teach Yoga

The Final Four — Limbs of Yoga

These final four limbs are a road map toward union with the divine, but each of these limbs alone provides benefits and practicing them can provide the benefits of meditation. . . . → Read More: The Final Four — Limbs of Yoga

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

Yoga Breakdancing!

Just for fun!

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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

Tapas: the Niyama for the New Year

Tapas means dedication to what feeds our souls (yoga or music, nature or cooking) on a par with work, paying taxes or getting the kids to soccer practice. It also means a dedication to achieving our goals in life—including the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of a new year. . . . → Read More: Tapas: the Niyama for the New Year

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