Yoga Sins

Just hanging out, appropriating some culture. Mostly because my culture can’t come up with anything better than yoga. So far we’ve got binge-ing, perpetual upgrading, arguing about Love, arguing about God, deifying beauty, and competitive breeding. As a cultural icon said, when you know better you do better. Yoga is better. All my culture can…

Niyama On A String

Dear friends, readers, world at large, Stop trying to meditate. Give up. It begins. I’ll explain. The Chef came home with a Just Because gift last week. You know, such as when one might receive flowers without a designated occasion or associated holiday but rather “just because.” I received Just Because dragonflies. It’s a solar…

Bending The Boilerplate

I wasn’t sure I’d keep going with these frags of the days but I just discovered this morning some of them are double-sided. Some have the crossed key and arrow symbol but some have another word. That means I’m further behind than I thought. And since I’m enjoying it, why not streak on? This was…

Wishes Granted, Without A Wand

Deep breath. (You take one too.) There’s really no way other way to say it. I’ve reached a crossroads. I want to write about an experience from yesterday that I cannot explain in terms that will be received as rational. Once I do this I will have crossed over into what I call Writing Neverland….

Clearing The Posture

When I used to teach public yoga classes I would coach my students not to carry anxiety from a difficult posture into the next one. I didn’t teach flow. I taught occupation of individual poses held for a length of time. When a difficult posture was concluded, we ended it and cleared any struggle with…

Sweat Swap And A Stern Warning

After my work release yesterday a reader asked if health insurance covers an exercise physiologist. Well, yes and no. Mine did in the beginning (a year ago) for a physiologist who specializes in cardiac care and for a specific number of weeks. The general idea seems to be that you’re supposed to glean all the…

Message From The Mat–Simple, Sacred, Strong

Remember. The most powerful force on this planet — in the Universe — is energy. In as much as human beings are made of matter and made of energy, the most powerful force in the Universe is already within us. If you want to do something about it, use your energy. If you want to do…

30 Day Summons For The Rest Of Your Life

Around this time each year my inbox fills up with invitations to join a 30-day challenge starting Jan. 1st. Every cause out there seems to have a 30-day challenge poised to begin in 10 days and they all want me. I’m so flattered. So far I’ve agreed to one:  the Uber Frugal Month Challenge. So…

The Rockstar Ego–A Seven Day Tour

I’m on a seven-day yoga streak. With the exception of my year-long self-portrait project, most of my streaks are unintentional. I rarely undertake a streak for its own sake. I just look up from whatever I’m doing and realize I am several days into a streak without trying. This week I can’t seem to break…

In The Biblical Sense

Many moons ago I found a book on the Yoga Sutra in a used bookstore that someone had marked up like an old Bible. When I was growing up students of the Christian Bible wrote in their Bibles liberally—underlining texts, making notes, highlighting passages, etc. I watched many a church lady listen to sermons on…

Slow Yoga Recommend

Just popping in to deliver the Tinas today. Also, for those of you who liked my Slow Yoga series I stumbled across this slow practice with Noah Maze on YogaGlo. Fans of slow-poke yoga (long holds, deep concentration) should love it. The Chef made fun of Oct. 1st. He called it Meditating Where The Dog…

Our Lady of Sovereign Simplicity

Religion and politics. How will we ever convert them into something other than dirty words?  Tinas are not going to be integral to that effort, I’m sure. I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t feel a smidge irreverent to be taking Tinas this week while the maelstrom of dirty politics and dirty religion was/is…