A Monkey’s Uncle

A Monkey’s Uncle

Yoga is in its most distilled definition: focused movement. Effective yoga is not stretching, it’s controlled contraction. As I hug my muscles around my bones I cause a gentle squeezing action that pushes blood into my soft tissue. Blood is thick. Blood is very hard to move without contraction to diffuse it. What happens to […]

Winner Takes All

Winner Takes All

A central concept to healing is balance, reasserting or reestablishing balance. A wag once pointed out to me that even the word “disease” can be broken down to dis-ease, i.e. ill-ease, un-ease. Disease equals you’re off kilter. In healing we seek equilibrium, equanimity. This month I’ve been blogging on weight loss. Maybe you were disappointed […]

Quitting is not the same thing as never trying

Quitting is not the same thing as never trying

The pain passes but the beauty remains. -Pierre-Auguste Renoir, artist [responding to Matisse on why he painted in spite of his painful arthritis] (25 Feb 1841-1919)  Here is a photo of Krishnamacharya performing up dog or Urdhva mukha savasana at the age of 84. He looks pretty good if I do say so myself. Inquiring […]

Two Roads Diverge

Two Roads Diverge

Once upon a time I did different yoga sequences every day.  My body was compromised, broken, and struggling to regain range of motion. I was exploring what remained of my abilities. My feelings on yoga as physical therapy had not yet solidified, I only knew that I needed to keep moving. I felt very young […]