You need a good mat

You need a good mat

If you’ve been practicing yoga since the 70s you probably know that yoga pre-dates mats.  Lillias didn’t use one, and neither did Arjuna in the Gita.  If you want to be old school you might be using an authentic sheep skin, which does feel very nice under the feet.  Or maybe, like in the picture […]

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

So the other day I’m teaching yoga, ’cause that’s what I do, teach yoga.  I was instructing a new-to-me student into cat / cow stretches.  This is a pretty common sequence, also known as cat/dog, or marjalasana/bidalasana.  You start out on your hands and knees arching and flexing the spine.  It’s not unusual for beginners […]

Pain is a gift

Pain is a gift

Of course I felt sad when my dog died.  I still miss her.  Sadness is a natural emotion that passes through your brain after you have analyzed a situation.  There are people who would even call sadness a “judgement.”  There are people, not very compassionate ones, who will chide you for being sad and encourage […]

Your money and your life

Back when I rented space at InTheWings DanceStudio I had a loyal following of about ten students. For any given class 1-5 participants would show up. We had a lovely room, with mirrors and appropriate flooring. There was plenty of space for a bigger class! In a bid to increase attendance, the Dance Studio owners […]