A Dream of 99 Teslas

A Dream of 99 Teslas I had a dream the other night. Walking in the woods behind my house, I came across a man.  Though he maintained the appearance of an ordinary man, I knew somehow that he wasn't. "you're from another planet." I told him He nodded and smiled and...

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Q & A, Healing Sciatica

Someone asked how they could use yoga to help with some sciatica that they started experiencing during their pregnancy.Having never met them, this is what I felt like i could safely offer.most generally, sciatica is caused by the irritation, compression, and/or...

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Aquiring a Taste for Your Life

Your life might be an aquired taste.  Do you remember the first time you had a glass of wine, how awful it was? Do you remember the dawning of awareness, as you realized the depth, the complexity, the beauty?  Have you ever listened, as a vintner discussed what goes...

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Broaden Your Foot

spread your toes as wide as you can. now take your attention from you toes, back a little, into the ball of your foot. spread the ball of your foot as wide as you can, from the center of the ball of the foot, out to the big toes edge, and the little toe edge. now...

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compostie paintings, composite goddesses

I like these 'composite paintings' from 18th century india. It reminds me of a composite Durga that my friend Dave game me once. Durga was created from the power and the energy of all the Gods. All of the shakti combined made her powerful enough to destroy the evil...

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Lemon Pickles

Last week was a crafty week, i decided to make both lemon pickle and saurkraut. Saurkraut I've made before and find totally delicious, but I haven't made lemon pickle before. Arsha Vidya makes a slammin version, but it never occured to me that I could make it myself....

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New Year, New Aquisitions

A few new books made their way into The Library recently, under some fairly auspicious circumstances.  The first two books, The Play of God: Visions of the Life of Krishna and There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing and His T'ai Chi Chuan,  I found one fine...

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A Single Man By Christopher Isherwood

Most of us are primarily familiar with Christopher Isherwood's Vedantic Works.  He produced some beautiful translations of The Yoga Sutras (How to Know God), The Bhagavad Gita (The Song of God), and Shankara's Crest Jewel of Discrimination.  We might have also read...

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Thirumandiram, post one

I discovered a new text recently.  Love it.  From the Tamil, Southern  India, The Thirumandiram has a slightly different vibe from the northern, Kashmiri literature that I am a little more used to.  These teachings of Siddhar Thirumoolar are said to be the seed that...

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The Radience Sutras: First Post

When I was at Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree last month, i met a man named Lorin Roche.  He was a scholar and meditation teacher, and had spent several years working on a beautiful, poetic, practical, and accessible version of The Vijnana Bhairava tantra.  The vbt is a...

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Shamata, Purpose and Practice

“The purpose of meditation is to clear the mind of all thoughts, right?” - All the students I’ve been teaching meditation in my little corner of the world for quite some time now, and I’ve got some pretty sharp students. At this point, they have some pretty healthy...

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On Powerful Ethical Guidelines and Walking The Walk

We know that there are no shortage of stories and articles about ethical issues arising in yoga studios, and various other spiritual communities. Conflicts between teachers and students, issues with studio administration, conspiracies of silence. Even though everyone...

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Shamata, Purpose and Practice

“The purpose of meditation is to clear the mind of all thoughts, right?” - All the students I’ve been teaching meditation in my little corner of the world for quite some time now, and I’ve got some pretty sharp students. At this point, they have some pretty healthy...

read more

On Powerful Ethical Guidelines and Walking The Walk

We know that there are no shortage of stories and articles about ethical issues arising in yoga studios, and various other spiritual communities. Conflicts between teachers and students, issues with studio administration, conspiracies of silence. Even though everyone...

read more
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