Following My Heart

Following My Heart

Musing on the heart chakra: in fourth grade I remember my teacher, Mrs. Fano, intoning “My heart told me. . . .” I thought she was quaintly slow. Didn’t she know, I wondered, that the heart is a mass of involuntary muscle that pumps blood around the circulatory system for the benefit of moving oxygen to the cells? Frankly […]

An open third eye

An open third eye

The “Ajna” Chakra, is located around the pineal glade, is happily described as the “third eye.” Ajna is considered by many to be the seat of intuition. There is no denying it is a sensitive area. Ajna is also referenced as a chakra of introspection, the eye that turns inward. Philosophically speaking, when this chakra […]

Cat Got your Tongue?

Cat Got your Tongue?

One of my dearly beloved chakras for meditation is the oft overlooked throat chakra. She lies above the Earth-ier simple to understand trio of Kapha chakras, yet below the etheric mystical ones. Which asana would even open this energy center, let alone mudra and dristi? Read and find out. Consider the Vishudda as a cross over between […]

The Un-struck Chord

The Un-struck Chord

The first year I taught, the majority of my students had never done yoga. Naturally I grounded their lessons in the first chakra. To paraphrase Julie Andrews, let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. The first year we worked on foot placement, and the shapes of the poses. Within a year everyone could […]

RE-Definition

RE-Definition

Once upon a time when I lived in the Midwest I ate a food called “chili.”  It was a tomato based stew with meat, beans and about a quarter teaspoon of chili powder.  When I lived in Texas I was surprised to learn that chili there was often made without beans.  (I had naively thought […]

Pesky Ten Pounds

Pesky Ten Pounds

Here’s a sign I saw when I was out and about.  I had to chuckle about someone spending the $$$ to misspell both “dragon” and “lair.”  But then I thought, perhaps the goal is to find something that will google well – ain’t nobody else spellin’ it Dragoun’s Leir ! Check it out if you don’t believe […]