Yoga and Life

A Challenge to Help Make it Through Challenging Times

As often happens in life, one step leads to another, to another and then to another and, before you know it, in looking back it’s hard to see where it all started. We’ve all witnessed tumultuous change in our country’s politics over the last couple of years and I have to say my personal life has paralleled it. But I’d also hazard to guess that, at least to some degree, yours has too. The heavens seem to be demanding it (for more on this you might appreciate reading my article Astrology & Tapping? which I wrote as an introduction... Read More ››

A Feel Good Story for Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving, my friend, and I want to share a story with you. This is a story that my friend and former housemate shared with me a couple months ago as he was preparing to move away from Austin so he could be with his partner who’d just been accepted at Harvard for grad school. It touched my heart so much that I knew I would wait to share it with you today. Here goes… It had been 8 years ago last summer when my nephew called me and asked me if I remembered his friend, Logan, who’d spent... Read More ››

Astrology & Tapping???

If you know me at all, you know that I love to share new things I learn that can help make our lives better. And often I share them in stories I tell during class from some past experience with friends or ex-boyfriends, dream or travels. This article came about from one of those stories I told in class. In this case it’s a current friend. We met back in the late 90’s while studying at the Berkeley Psychic Institute. He’s an artist (and astrology maven) and had agreed to do some drawings for me for the meditation class... Read More ››

Bikram Yogis are Students of Life

If you’re reading this article you probably do Bikram Yoga regularly or at least have done it a few times. You know the grueling routine of the class. You’ve experienced the adversity of the heat and the classroom setting. You’ve stared into the cosmic mirror and had to face yourself, for better or worse, for more than an hour each time. “How does all this serve you?” you ask. The physical benefits are obvious. The structure of the class is true to hatha yoga and its purpose of healing the body. No other yoga class or form of exercise... Read More ››

Bikram’s Take on Spirituality

Bikram’s favorite way to start a lecture or an interview is to ask the audience or person interviewing him, “What is spirituality?” Most everyone is caught off guard by the question and freezes temporarily. To Bikram, spirituality is Self realization, God realization. It’s simple and complicated all at once. Acknowledgement of spirit is personal and private and there are some who have no interest whatsoever in exploring this concept. Ideas and situations that challenge the status quo can be threatening until we know more about it. Bikram knows this. That’s why his yoga class is plain and simple hatha... Read More ››

Breath is Life

Breath is life. If you don’t breathe, you don’t live. It’s that important and that simple. And while it can happen normally without our awareness, there are other times when the breath is shallow or irregular. The breath connects the body with the mind. When the mind is out of sorts (alignment), the breath goes out of sorts (alignment). And when the breath is out of alignment, the body goes out of alignment. Just as our heart beats without our mind telling it to, breathing is a function that our body performs without our conscious awareness. Ever noticed how... Read More ››

Building Community Through Competition

Along with many others from all over Texas, I attended the 7th Annual Texas Yoga Asana Championship on November 8th in The Woodlands. The venue and format had been expanded greatly from past years to include the first ever Texas Fitness and Wellness Fair. But even knowing that, I can’t tell you how surprised I was to open the event magazine and find that there were 55 competitors, 33 women alone, on the roster to compete. When we hosted the event here in Austin just 3 years ago we were thrilled to have 30 competitors altogether. It’s made me... Read More ››

Celebrating All of Life

What is your favorite thing to celebrate? Your birthday? A long and hard fought victory by your favorite athlete or team? Holidays? A graduation? I like this last one, a graduation. It implies growth, a change, a moving forward or up a level. For some people just being able to breathe easily or move about pain free is cause for celebration. These are the people that have in their grasp a very powerful key to happiness—appreciation for the simple things in life. Being from Calcutta, India, Bikram has a very different perspective on life in America than those of... Read More ››

Change is Good!

Change is good! As they say, the only constant in life is change. But just because it’s good doesn’t always mean it’s easy. The times in which we struggle and suffer the most are the times in which we resist change. In fact, all suffering is the result of resistance. We lack the faith that everything will work out in the long run so we resist. While we may be very clear in knowing that our current circumstances are not satisfactory or far from our ideal, we’re afraid to allow the change that creates the space for the better... Read More ››

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