Do you need a guru?

When I hear about yogis behaving badly I wonder about the concept of guru. We have BKS Iyengar to thank for the movement away from gurus, as he invented the modern concept of yoga classes. Prior to that, one had to enter an ashram to learn the arcane practices of meditation, cleansing, asana, chanting etc. […]

Dive Right In

Some people say, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” to which I reply, “Dive right in!” Ok, ok, when you first start you might mix up your parsvottanasana with your parsvakonasana – so what? Part of the beauty of learning is moving from gross to subtle. For example, if you live in the city, […]

Digging In

Recently one of my friends traveled away from the idyllic hills of our Mountain Communities to the hustle-y bustle-y noise of Los Angeles. He was quite taken aback by the overwhelming number of homeless people. “Homeless” is such a judgement neutral word, these were in fact – dirty, lousy, smelly, raggedy street people. The word […]

Designing your transformation

Yoga has so many elements: actions, poses, meditations, focus, devotion, chanting, breathing. I think that is one reason I always want to come back for more. There is always something to change in your preparation. I love discovering what I am capable of. I love realizing things anew – not just in meditation, but in […]

Dangerous Yoga

Recently yogi William J Broad wrote a piece in the New York Times called “Yoga is Dangerous for men”. What a great title! Provocative! Unexpected! Challenging! Read the piece if you dare! He makes a pair of useful points. The first, just observational: While women may seek yoga as a refuge, men tend to view yoga […]

Finding Speed through consistency

I set in the starting blocks, pushed forward at a horizontal, and ran my heart out. I felt like collapsing at the finish. I went fast for me, but it wasn’t as fast as everyone else. So I tried it again, and again, until I realized I wasn’t having any fun. It was, if you […]