Yoga Blasphemy?

Yoga Blasphemy?

I’m a yoga teacher and I weight train. There. I said it. Now let me explain. The fine teachers who mentored me early on often took a dim view of weight training (and most other forms of physical exercise). It was thought that resistance training was completely...

My Asana Practice Now

My practice now is less about performing difficult or flashy asana (what I call “circus tricks”) and more about learning to truly inhabit my body. It’s about refining my intentions and personal integrity. Can I be ever more present and aware of how I live on this...
What is Yoga

What is Yoga

I often come across strong opinions on “what is yoga” or “what is true yoga” and what is not. What constitutes legitimate practices and how should they be performed. Before we begin to make any sort of determination, we should explore what the word “yoga” is pointing...
The Gentle Warrior

The Gentle Warrior

(Excerpt from The Problem of Pain in Yoga by Matthew Remski) (My preface) I believe this is a very timely article about the tendency in some of us for yoga to become a showy performance, pushing past our limits in a way that can become consciously or unconsciously...
Using Props

Using Props

I’d like to talk about using props in yoga practice. I have noticed that some newer students, and even more seasoned yogis, are sometimes bashful about using props in their yoga practice. They might think that to use a block or strap is to display inexperience with a...

The Next Level

Going to the next level is mentioned a lot in yoga. The inference is that if you study with this teacher or attend that workshop you will, almost by transference, amp up your asana practice to some mystical height. You will be given something you did not have before...