Defining “Beginner’s” mind

Defining “Beginner’s” mind

It’s kind of a trick phrase “beginner’s mind,” ’cause all the advanced yogis strive to have one. In terms of plateaus, beginner’s mind is three. Depending on how many days a week I practice I find myself here between year 3 and 6 of a serious practice. “Wait a minute,” you say. “What kind of […]

Recipe from the Grocery List

Recipe from the Grocery List

Learning yoga from the Sutras of Patanjali is a little like trying to backform a recipe from reading the grocery list. I have ingredients, without ratios. I have substances without sequences, ideas without clear instruction. Don’t blame Patanjali. The Sutras date from a time before iPhone, before internet, before the printing press. Oral tradition is still […]

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

“If you have your health, you have everything is something that’s said to cheer you up when you come home early and find your lover arched over a stranger in a scarlet thong. . . .” (from French Chocolates by Ellen Bass) Still the mind. Don’t have a judgement. Should I be so yogi that I’m not […]

Soul Mate

Soul Mate

Ever met someone so damn spiritual she’s no earthly good?  “Reach. Stretch. Lengthen,” the yoga teachers instruct us. Extension is highly valued. But these “spiritual” types over extend. Over share. Over expose. The heart, I remind you, is central. Literally. Not matter how it feels, the heart doesn’t sit simmering beneath my skin. It lies […]