It took me a long time to develop a meditation practice. Building a self practice is challenging. The best way to start is with a very short practice. Try five mins everyday. Try that for one month and see how it goes. You don’t have to start with a long practice. It’s better to pick something you know you can do everyday. Think of it like brushing your teeth. After one month if you were able to do the practice consistently then try adding another five minutes. Pick one technique. It’s not helpful to do every technique you know and jump from one to the next. The yogis often compare this to digging a well. You don’t want to dig a bunch of shallow wells. You will never hit water. Dig one hole and go deep! A consistent, daily meditation practice will change your life.Read More
Last night my mind was very heavy. I was working on a technical problem with my computer and the cloud and on the phone with a support specialist. It was a long day too. I was getting tired and feeling overwhelmed with the situation. We kept trouble shooting the problem and couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
I could feel myself getting frustrated. I could feel the emotions coming up. I tried not to get attached to them. It was hard. I was agitated.
One of the things that helped me shift my perspective was remembering one day a few years ago, coming up the elevator to the Dharma Yoga Center during one of my trainings with my teacher, Dharma Mittra. I asked Dharma how he was doing and he surprised me when he said that his mind was very heavy that day and very sad. There was a pause and then he shrugged and laughed and said, “but it’s just the mind” and gave me a knowing look, and I understood a little better the concept we talk a lot about in yoga of shifting our perspective.
I always remembered that morning. And it helped a lot last night. I could feel myself getting caught up in my thoughts and the anger and frustration I was feeling. I kept telling myself — it’s just the mind. Let it go. It’s not you. It’s just the mind.
I went to bed and slept well last night and woke up feeling very light and energized. I remember thinking that It was so silly that my mind was so upset and agitated last night. And even sillier that I was getting agitated and upset too.
The mind is always going to be on the roller coaster. But it doesn’t mean that you have to be too. You’re not the thoughts. You’re not the emotions. You are the space between the thoughts. You are the witness of body and mind activities.
One of my long time students Zvia came to my pop up class at YogaWorks Southbay this week. So great to see you and practice with you! Zvia completed Teacher Training with me almost 10 yrs ago. I’m getting excited for this weekend’s workshops at YogaWorks. Please join me on Friday for Awakening the Kundalini with pranayama, mudra, and bandha and exploring the Chakras. We will dive into the Head Balance poses and Headstand practice on Saturday afternoon. And then we will take a look at the Shoulder Stand and Fish pose and the Shoulder Stand sequence on Sunday afternoon. If you are looking to take your practice a little deeper I hope to see you this weekend!Read More
Breakfast with my student. Niya is hosting my Shiva Yoga 50hr Intensive at her studio Baja Soul Yoga. We start this Friday, February 15th with a very special Pranayama Workshop from 6-9pm! You can do the whole 10 day intensive, or the weekend of workshops, or just join us for a class, or a workshop when you are free. It’s going to be awesome! There is a meditation workshop, core workshop, backbending workshop, Hip Opening workshop, Arm Balancing workshop, a week of Asana Breakdown workshops and lots of Shiva Power and Shiva meditation classes!!! Looking forward to practicing with you Cabo San Lucas and Baja Soul Yogis!!! See you on Friday. Namaste.Read More
Another Shiva Power class, on our retreat to Maui last week! Come into stillness. Concentrate. And breathe. Practicing asana reduces Rajas. Practicing pranayama reduces Tamas. Practicing concentration increases Sattva. This is Samkhya Yoga. This is Ashtanga Yoga. Reduce Tamas and Rajas. Cultivate more Sattva. Make the mind fit for concentration and ready for the higher Raja Yoga practices of concentration, meditation, and Samadhi. Ommmmm!Read More
We started our practice with lots of pranayama today! And before that we even did some simple breath work. This was our last class together on the retreat. This class was in honor of my teacher, Dharma Mittra, and modeled after his Maha Sadhana practice. These classes offer what Dharma calls the "best of the best", with a sampling of different yoga practices. Breaking down how you are breathing can bring into focus areas where you are creating tension and magnify things you are doing that are making it harder for you to breath. These patterns of tension and things you are doing that are inhibiting the breath need to be undone and let go of before you can make progress in your yoga practice.Read More