Most of us spend most of our time living in the lower chakras.

Most of us spend most of our time living in the lower chakras.

Most of us spend most of our time living in the lower chakras. Energy is constantly flowing down, through us, and out into the world. The first chakra is all about survival, the second chakra is all about pleasure, and the third chakra is all about power. I need to survive, I want to feel good, and I want to be in control. These three chakras are governed by the ego.

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Practicing gratitude is practicing yoga. Practicing kindness, compassion, and love is practicing yoga.

Practicing gratitude is practicing yoga.  Practicing kindness, compassion, and love is practicing yoga.

Practicing gratitude is practicing yoga.

The yogis were very good at dealing with the mind.  Most of our yoga philosophy is not about the body but about the mind.   

The yogis realized that the mind was constantly falling down.  The mind didn't automatically lift itself up and go towards the light.  The opposite was true.  The mind was never satisfied.  Even brief moments of satisfaction were only followed by more dissatisfaction.  The mind's natural tendency was to go towards darkness.

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A New President.

A New President.

Well, here we are...

It's been a pretty crazy election year. I was genuinely shocked last night to see the results come in.

I have tried to not get that caught up in the election this past year but I have followed it and have wanted to stay informed. I did not think Donald Trump would win at all. I thought it would be close. I thought it was a huge wake up call for all of us. I thought there is no way that he has a chance to win, though. I thought the candidacy started as a joke. It was a train wreck. It was outrageous. Then there was a point where it stopped being funny and it made me sad.
So, now what? What do we do now?

Well, it happened. Yes. This has happened. Yes. Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States of America.

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The Five Restraints from Classical Yoga

The Five Restraints from Classical Yoga

Yogis!  One of the things I've been talking about in class this past week comes from classical yoga and the 8 limbed practice of astanga yoga, written down by Sage Patanjali around 2000 yrs ago.

Classical yoga gives us our description and systematic approach to concentration and meditation practices, leading us into a state of samadhi, a state in which the mind is quiet.  When we say we are looking to "go inward" and "quiet the mind" in yoga, we are referring to classical yoga.  When the mind is quiet, the classical yogis tell us, we are able to experience the most subtle aspect of who we are, the pure consciousness part of ourselves, the part of us that is beyond the body, mind, thoughts and ego.

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Love & Kindness - Community & Connection

Love & Kindness - Community & Connection

I remember practicing once with my teacher, Dharma Mittra, at the Dharma Center in New York, when I first went to check out his classes, about 6 yrs ago.  It was a master class but there were all levels of students in the room.  Some of the students were very advanced, far more advanced than me.  Some of the students were quite new and finding the class really challenging.  

Dharma loves to hold Parivrrta Parsvakonasana (twisting extended side angle pose) for a long time.  We were holding this pose for a really long time in this class and there was a woman in the class who was having a really hard time maintaining her balance.  She kept falling over and I noticed that she was getting really upset and frustrated.  She looked like she was on the verge of crying.  You could feel that she was becoming very overwhelmed.  

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