Alan Watts

“Transiency is a mark of spirituality. A lot of people think the opposite… that the spiritual things are the everlasting things. But, you see, the more a things tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.” ~Alan Watts There was a time in my life where I would fall asleep listening to…

Staying true to your Intentions

“Motivation is what gets you started. Commitment is what keeps you going” A New Year can bring so much – a new start, complete with new opportunities, new energy., new strength and new vitality. Most people take advantage of this inspiration and energy and choose to set resolutions or goals to work towards over the next twelve…

Namaste

I remember my first trip to India well.  By some sort of serendipitous magic, I met a young man named Siddhant from India on a flight to Denver, Colorado, and two months later I was invited to his cousin’s wedding in Jaipur that coming January.  He knew I was already headed to India as a…

Stepping into 2017 with Sankalpa

“Everything that happens in the Universe starts with Intention” -Deepak Chopra May I be open to all the possibilities of joy and contentment this next Year has to offer”. Another year is over and ’tis the season for reflecting on times past – what this year meant for us; what we feel we achieved; what we…

Gratitude

“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” Yogi Bhajan ’Tis the season of celebration with family and friends, exchanging presents, sharing delicious food and drink and spreading good cheer.  We are surrounded by so many things to be thankful for this time of year and with New Year’s just around the corner, an attitude…

The Limb By Limb Series

The Eight Limbs of Yoga–part VIII “As you think, so you become.”  ~Patanjali Welcome back to the Limb by Limb Series.  As most of you already know, Patanjali wrote a a blueprint on how to live a content and compassionate life called the Eight Limbs of Yoga.  A couple weeks ago I discussed the 5th limb…

Slowly but surely

“True progress is slow but sure”  -Swami Vivekananda   “Slowly but surely”. This is a phrase that has been uttered both to me and by me more often than usual in the past number of weeks. It speaks for so many things and I have to admit these three words annoyed me for a long…

Our Health is in Our Hands-The Power of Hasta Mudra

Mudra is a Sanskrit word that literally means “seal.”  In Buddhism and Hinduism, a mudra is a symbolic and spiritual gesture of the body, most commonly performed with the hands and fingers.  There are a myriad of mudras the range from fairly simple to incredibly complex and can involve using the entire body, including the…

Mantra Japa

“Om namah shivaya”  “Om namah shivaya.”  “Om namah shivaya.” ….. To clear the mind is indeed a difficult task.  Meditation is something that many people, myself included, have struggled greatly with.  My students often ask me about ways in which they can learn how to meditate, and I often respond with the approach that has…

Let go and be free

“Release and detach from every person, every circumstance, every condition and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in your life. All things have a season, and all seasons must come to an end. Choose a new season, filled with purposeful thoughts and activities.” -Iyanla Vanzant    As we move through life, people…

The Limb By Limb Series

The Eight Limbs of Yoga–Part VII Time for some more study of the Eight Limbs of Yoga!  The Eight Limbs of Yoga come from the yoga sutras of Patanjali, and are a blueprint for how to live a life of contentment and compassion.  In the last Limb by Limb entry, I delved into the 4th…

Soothing yoga postures for a restful sleep

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything” -Irish proverb   Sleep – restoration and nourishment for the mind and body and perhaps even, as the Dalai Lama once put it, “the best meditation”. We all know that the benefits of a simple good night’s sleep are ever-reaching and…