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…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…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…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”

What I’m teaching…wanting what you already have, not what you don’t

Santosha translates to contentment.  It is the second of 5 Niyamas (observances relating to the internal world, to ourselves) Patanjali teaches in the Yoga Sutras.  Sutra 2.42 Samtosad Anuttamah Sukha Labhah.   By contentment, supreme joy is obtained.  Contentment means just to be as we are without going to outside things for our happiness.  If something comes, weContinue reading “What I’m teaching…wanting what you already have, not what you don’t”

What I’m teaching…satya: finding truth

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras outline 5 Yamas or moral/ethical principles that guide the yogis relationships to others and the outside world.  The second yama is satya or truth. The path of truth begins within.  Who are you, really?  You gotta know your roots before you can blossom into that beautiful lotus.   Start by finding truth in the physical body; learning its capabilitiesContinue reading “What I’m teaching…satya: finding truth”