While everyone else was deeply relaxing into savasana (the corpse pose) at the end of the yoga class I taught, I was sitting on my cushion feeling angry. It had been a fully balanced and relaxing posture practice so my body felt pretty awesome. But, there was definitely a shit storm going on in my
Home has mostly positive connotations for people. It might not be the home that you grew up in but the home that you have created for yourself. Either way, we seek to create a home that gives us a sense of peace, comfort, and familiarity. We like to have something that we can count on.
The ethical practice of not stealing can be found in every spiritual tradition I’ve ever studied. The first one I learned was “Thou shalt not steal” from the ten commandments. The second precept of Buddhism asks you to “undertake the training to abstain from taking what is not given.” And Asteya or “non-stealing” is one
Last week I wrote about the ethical precept of nonviolence, or Ahimsa from the teachings of yoga. This week I have been practicing with the second precept of “truthfulness,” or Satya. You really can’t practice truthfulness well without nonviolence, so it’s convenient that they come right after the other. But even when you speak with
This week in the yoga classes I teach, I have been talking about the ethical practice of non-violence, or Ahimsa as it’s called in Sanskrit. Non-violence is at the heart of the teachings in yoga and provides the foundation for the other guidelines. Regardless of its historical or religious underpinnings, I think most people would
Act soon to take advantage of the $100 early signup discount on your trip to Costa Rica next February! Offer ends June 1. This will be the sixth trip I’ve taken to the Pura Vida Spa. Why, you might ask, do I keep returning? This trip creates a perfect balance of yoga practice, time for
Celebrating Life: A Kripalu Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat; February 1 - 8, 2020, EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until May 31, 2019.
Pay attention to the sensations of your breath and your body. When the mind wanders to a thought (or something else), gently but firmly bring your attention back to experience of breathing and the sensations of the body. Bringing a kind and compassion attention to the present moment. Repeat over and over again. These are
At the end of a week-long yoga and mindfulness retreat, I was standing outside the yoga room looking out over the expanse of the canyon that lies outside of San Jose, Costa Rica. There was a light wind blowing, as is often the case in the mountains at this time of the year. There were
There is no better time to go to Costa Rica than February and there is no better reason to go than to experience your best self emerge from the spiritual practices of yoga and mindfulness. This year will be my fifth year of retreating at the Pura Vida Spa in the mountains outside of Alajuela,