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Desire and Attachment

I had an interesting exchange with a student last week. He was asking about desire:

I’m really curious how we can, in this modern world, purify things so simply down to renunciation of all desires and attachments to attain true freedom. Didn’t I see you zip away after class in a plum colored convertible?

Here’s . . . → Read More: Desire and Attachment

Fierce Winds in a New Year

I taught my first classes of the new year this week. I am teaching four classes a week this session, which is one more than I have done for the past several months. I’m a bit worried about juggling everything, but I forget all about that when I walk into the studio each time. I do love my students! . . . → Read More: Fierce Winds in a New Year

Happy New 2009

I’ve been to New York several Januaries now. (This was not Mark’s first New Year’s broadcast). Yet I’m always surprised how cold the city can be, temperature-wise. The people I find quite warm. . . . → Read More: Happy New 2009

Aaahhh

That’s how I feel after a three-day weekend of yoga with Kofi Busia. Since Kofi lives and teaches on the west coast, I am trying to take advantage of every opportunity when he travels east. Last week he was at Greater Baltimore Yoga on the north side of Baltimore, MD.

As at Omega, which I . . . → Read More: Aaahhh

Kofi at Omega

Mmmm. Still haven’t come down from a week of yoga with a teacher I admire immensely. Last Sunday I returned from the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, where Kofi Busia was teaching. This came along at just the right time for me. To have the luxury of a full week where I had nothing else to do but work on my own form and strength was heavenly. . . . → Read More: Kofi at Omega

Review: Eat, Pray, Love

A week ago, a friend gave me a copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray, Love.” I was aware of the book when it came out last year. A book with a focus on food and yogic philosophy? You’d think it would be right up my alley. But I waited to read it and was . . . → Read More: Review: Eat, Pray, Love

Yoga Music – Indian Sounds

Several of my yoga students have asked about the music I play during class. I know many teachers disapprove of music during practice, but I feel it helps create a unique mental space for the practice and also creates an aural buffer for those of us living in noisy urban environments! I’ve set up a couple of music mixes that I play on my iPod during class, and have posted three of them on the iTunes website. Here’s the first one I thought might interest my blog readers. . . . → Read More: Yoga Music – Indian Sounds

Another Gift from the Mulberry Tree

There is no word in English to describe the feeling of mingled joy and sadness at the beauty of fleeting experience. The Japanese have the concept of “mono no aware,” or the sadness of things. It’s very much connected to a Buddhist sense of the brevity of life and the transience of beauty, summed up in the old Japanese phrase “swirling petals, falling leaves.” . . . → Read More: Another Gift from the Mulberry Tree