Honored to be featured in YogaLife magazine!

Honored to be featured in YogaLife magazine!

Yogis! This month’s YogaLife magazine has been released. I have a nice 4 page article on Shiva Yoga. The magazine interviewed me after the XYoga Dubai Festival last month. I was really impressed with the depth of their curiosity. Lots of great questions about why yoga is more than just exercise and the technology of the practice works. Thank you YogaLife for including me in your publication and giving me the opportunity to share the teachings of my teachers. We are all just walking the same path, helping each other along. I’ve been blessed to have some incredible teachers and I feel so connected to the lineage of my teachers. Get connected, yogis! You can’t do this on your own. It’s not about learning a fancy asana you saw someone do on social media. You also can’t learn yoga from a book. Find a teacher who is walking the path and follow them. They know the way. Namaste!

You can catch the whole article at the YogaLife website. Www.yogalife-online.com Check out the beautiful cover pic on this issue of @deepikamehtayoga - a lovely teacher who was also at the XYogaDubai Festival last month.

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There is so much pressure on us these days to be sparkly and bright.

There is so much pressure on us these days to be sparkly and bright.

There is such pressure on us these days to always be sparkly and bright. Isn’t there? I was feeling that pressure yesterday. I was feeling a little overwhelmed. Lots on my plate right now. Trying to breathe into it. My body was feeling tired and my brain was exhausted from a day of editing one of my training manuals. I didn’t feel like holding space for anyone and I was glad that I didn’t have any classes to teach after teaching one private lesson in the morning. When I get really tired like this my mind goes very negative on me. I battled through a practice last night and that helped a little. I watched some comedy on Netflix and that helped too. I did some reading. I knew I really just needed some alone time and a good night of sleep and I’d feel better today. And I did. 

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Be kind, be compassionate, be loving.

Be kind, be compassionate, be loving.

Yogis!  We know that in our yoga practice we are on a journey into stillness.  We are working towards quieting the mind, and moving deeper into stillness, so that we can experience a deeper connection to our Self.  We also know that once we experience this deeper connection it changes our relationship to everyone and everything around us.  We change our relationship to our Self and that changes our relationship to everything else.  It’s like we have to get alone with our Self before we can truly connect with others. 

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I surrender to this moment, right here, and right now.

I surrender to this moment, right here, and right now.

The last day I spent in Bali, I returned to one of the temple’s we had visited and toured earlier in the week, on my recent yoga retreat. I was so grateful to be able to take some extra time and soak up this beautiful place. Sometimes you have to sit in a place for a while to experience it, take a few deep breaths, do a little yoga practice. Whenever I am shooting yoga pictures I always think of my teacher, Dharma Mittra, shooting the pics for the 908 Asanas poster. Dharma shot so many pics for the poster and he only used the ones where he felt like he wasn’t attached to the results. That’s hard to do when you know you are being photographed. Forget the photographer. Forget about the pose. Settle into stillness. Find peace. Breathe into it. Try to find that perfect balance, where the light is moving through you. I offer my practice. No me and no you. No expectations. I breathe into this moment. I surrender to this moment, right here and right now.

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Are You Practicing Yoga On Your Mat Or Just Doing Yoga Exercise?

Are You Practicing Yoga On Your Mat Or Just Doing Yoga Exercise?

I was talking today before my event about the difference between practicing yoga and doing yoga exercise...  

There's nothing wrong with a class that is simply a yoga exercise class but it's very different than a yoga class.  The goal of yoga is to quiet the mind.  In stillness, we have the opportunity to experience the deepest aspect of who we are.  Yoga is really answering the question: Who am I?  

So, if the goal is to quiet the mind?  How do we do that?  How do you quiet your mind?

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What is meditation?

What is meditation?

What is meditation?

This was the first question that I asked in my meditation workshop this past weekend. 

Most of us have heard the word meditation.  You might have a vague understanding of what meditation involves.  I think most people know that meditation is something to do with sitting in stillness for a long period of time.   In order to develop a deeper understanding of this ancient technology it's important that we understand specifics of the practice.  What is the goal of meditation?  Where are we headed in our practice?  What are the tools that use in our practice? 

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The Cell Phone!

The Cell Phone!

Yogis!  We’ve been talking a lot in class this past week about Vedanta Philosophy and Non-Dualism and the influence of this philosophy on our modern yoga culture. 

Vedanta gives us the idea that we are ultimately connected to everything and everyone and any separation that exists between us is only an illusion that is only in our mind.    

Classical Yoga philosophy tells us that in the stillness, when the mind is quiet, we have the opportunity to experience the pure Consciousness part of ourselves.  This is what the yogi’s call Self-realization, the realization of the Self, the experience of the pure Consciousness part of our self. 

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Head Balance, Shoulder Stand, Meditation - The Journey Inward...

Head Balance, Shoulder Stand, Meditation - The Journey Inward...

We've been doing a lot of focus on Head Balance in class recently and using this asana to stimulate the energy at the sixth chakra, Agnia -- the Master Control. We want to stimulate this energy center to help encourage going inward. 

"My Guru taught that when you start seeing the light at the space between the eyebrows, that is the first sign that indicates the Sixth Sense (the Pituitary Gland) is awakening. This is the dawn of Divine Perception, the activation of the Psychic Telescope." -- Dharma Mittra

Concentration and meditation practices help us to stimulate this area and the Head Balance is one of the asanas that helps us to stimulate this area as well. 

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