Ending is Beginning

I walked by this patch of earth the other day, a living, thriving, corner encased by roads and stones. I love the simplicity of this image; these are just flowers coming up to meet the relative warmth of early spring. On the other hand, the teaching of these flowers is profound. They show us theContinue reading “Ending is Beginning”

Work and Play

If you read these posts, attend my classes, or in any other way participate in yoga with me, you will likely notice that I speak about balance often. Balance is a play between two contrary elements, a concerted effort to allow these elements to coexist in some sort of harmony, and a trust that theseContinue reading “Work and Play”

Just Enough

We need only ever do our best. Whether in relationships with ourselves or others, whether in work or play, whether in time or effort spent. Our best is enough. Less than our best is less than enough. More than our best is more than enough….and our best is always changing. Therefore we do just enough.Continue reading “Just Enough”

Boundaries

When we practice hatha yoga postures we engage our muscles to create specific forms within which we then expand and stretch. In other words the actions of our muscles offer boundaries against which we then expand and stretch. Without the pliable resistance of these boundaries, our stretches would be overly casual and floppy and our expansionContinue reading “Boundaries”

Fluidity and Stickiness

Water is very fluid and moves quickly and easily compared to honey. Honey is quite sticky and flows slowly and deliberately compared to water. Your mind is capable of being in the state of either of these two substances; consider these two scenarios. Thoughts, emotions, sensory details, and other information slip and flow through your mindContinue reading “Fluidity and Stickiness”

Linear vs. Cyclical Experiences

When a basil plant reaches its flowering stage it displays the beauty of the flowers as the pinnacle of its growth. It also begins to slowly die. On the other hand, when the plant’s stems are cut with at least a couple lower leaves intact, the plant continues to grow and thrive and produce it’s delicious edible leaves.Continue reading “Linear vs. Cyclical Experiences”

Balancing ‘Ha’ and ‘Tha’

I have been reading a book written by my good friend Irene, which you can see in this photograph and which you can learn more about here. She explores how we have become disconnected from our essential nature as humans, how our current cultural context blinds us and causes us to forget our essential nature, andContinue reading “Balancing ‘Ha’ and ‘Tha’”