What I’m teaching…Utkatasana

Yesterday, I posted about the benefits of squats.  Largely directed to any pregnant ladies who might have been reading, my post should have mentioned that the deep squat can prove beneficial to ALL women and men at any age, pregnant or otherwise. Today I want to share some info on another type of squat, very common in theContinue reading “What I’m teaching…Utkatasana”

What I’m teaching…Remain neutral

It’s so amazing how you can be at just the right place at the exact right time.  I caught a few minutes of the View the other afternoon on a break at work.  Paulina Pinsky, daughter of the famous addiction specialist “Dr. Drew” and former figure skater, was on the couch opening up about herContinue reading “What I’m teaching…Remain neutral”

What I’m teaching…The blessing in the struggle

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. Confucius When we face challenges in life, we become more grateful and humble human beings.  When it takes time, practice, or patience to accomplish a goal or to get what you want, finally getting there is so much sweeter and we are so much more thankful forContinue reading “What I’m teaching…The blessing in the struggle”

What I’m teaching…Viparyaya

viparyaya विपर्यय reversed, inverted, perverse, contrary to, unreal cognition, indiscrimination, perverse cognition, wrong knowledge, misconception, incorrect knowing, not seeing clearly Sutra 1.8  mithyajnanam atadrupa pratistham- Misconception occurs when knowledge of something is not based upon its true form. I was walking my dog last night. It was dark. We approached a mountainous pile of leaf-filled garbage bags.  Continue reading “What I’m teaching…Viparyaya”

What I’m teaching…Reactions are Teachers

re·ac·tion We don’t really have experiences in life. We have reactions to experiences. Things don’t happen to us. Things happen in and of themselves, and what we do is react to them. It’s not the existence of standstill traffic that effects us, because if it’s happening, say across town and we don’t know about it,Continue reading “What I’m teaching…Reactions are Teachers”

What I’m teaching…Seek inspiration

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person byContinue reading “What I’m teaching…Seek inspiration”

What I’m teaching…Enlightenment is everywhere

Love this clip!  A beautiful illustration of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.2: Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga The entire outside world is based on your thoughts and mental attitude.  The entire world is your own projection.  Your values may change within a fraction of a second…If you feelContinue reading “What I’m teaching…Enlightenment is everywhere”

What I’m teaching…Right speech and the Vishuddha chakra

The 5th chakra is the Vishuddha, which translates to “purity”, “purification”, or “pure place” from Sanskrit.  Located in the neck, shoulders, throat, mouth, tongue and jaw, the Vishuddha chakra is the gateway from the lower, more material/physical energy centers (chakras 1-4) to the upper, more spiritual/metaphysical 6th and 7th chakras. It  governs our ability to communicate, self-express, create, and listen.Continue reading “What I’m teaching…Right speech and the Vishuddha chakra”

What I’m teaching…How you do anything is how you do everything

My hope for any yogi who finds themselves sitting in my yoga class (or any yoga class for that matter) is that they walk away with this sentiment…”how you do anything is how you do everything.”  I know I’m not the first to say it and I really don’t know with whom to credit theContinue reading “What I’m teaching…How you do anything is how you do everything”

What I’m teaching…Thou shalt not take what has not been offered

Asteya (non-stealing) is the third yama in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (yama=moral/ethical restraints that involve the yogis relationship to the outside world).   asteya pratisthayam sarva ratnopasthanam To one established in non-stealing, all wealth comes   Yoga Sutra 2.37 Asteya means non-stealing.  At first glance, it is easy to check this yama off your list as “done” as you tell yourself “IContinue reading “What I’m teaching…Thou shalt not take what has not been offered”