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  • Gracious Love Should be Practiced Without Worry

    Monday, Nov 21, 2022 - This weekend I finished an online study on Bhakti, which is devotional love. One of the sutras, in part, says "gracious love should be practiced without worry..." For our class today, we'll consider what that means, and enjoy a loving practice. :-)

  • Now, Therefore, We Will Speak of Bhakti

    Friday, Nov 4, 2022 - Today we speak of Bhakti, which is devotional Love.

  • Delighting in the Heart Chakra

    Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 - To finish up this week of the thinking about the chakras, we will focus on the heart chakra, considering the mantra, "I love and deserve to be loved" - darn right you do. :-)

  • Practicing Compassion and Detachment

    Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 - Today we think about the power of detaching ourselves from our local reality and world, and opening up to others.

  • The Latent Bright Qualities are Inherent Within You

    Wednesday - 9.28.22: Today we talk about the Bhagavad Gita and the idea that we have "bright qualities" already inside of us, and one of those is the "study of sacred texts." That could be the Gita, but also anything that makes you feel more in touch with your heart, and a bit brighter.

  • Aligning with Your Bright Yogic Virtues

    Tuesday, 9.27.22 - In the "Bhagavad Gita" it takes about our "yogic virtues"...there's a lot of them. The take away is that virtues are already inside. Another translation for the Sanskrit of virtue is "inherent within." We already have peacefulness, patience, kindness, along with a bunch of ot...

  • The Lords Club

    Sept 22, 2022 There were a group of Lords that decided to form a social club. At their first meeting they were all excited to be together and then one of them asked where the bartender was to give them a drink. There was no bartender, or dishwasher, or cook, or any non-lords at the club. The L...

  • Let Thoughts go Like Leaves on a River

    Sept 12, 2022 - Today we do a backbend class while we let the thoughts in our mind pass, like leaves floating down and away on a river.

  • The Most Relevant is Experience that is Direct Experience

    On Jane and my motorcycle trip this summer, we had people tell us various roads we should and shouldn't take. In the end, our own experience was really the thing that mattered, not other people's input. That's true in yoga as well. Your direct experience is what matters most.

  • Opening to Someone New

    August 30, 2022 - After riding a motorcycle around the country for 97 days, I realize that I don't have to come back to what was, I can be something new. Today, we'll focus on letting go of the old and opening to being someone new.

  • Memories of Love

    Sometimes Love can feel a bit elusive, and too big to grasp. The thing is, love can be connected through via different derivatives, different avenues, than are accessible. One of those is memory - the act of remembering an experience where you were full of Love. We'll do that today. :-)

  • Many Types of Love

    Feb 11, 2022 - In reading "Exquisite Love," it mentions all the types of love available. There is love of another person, but there is also love of animals, trees, places, things...there are many, many types of love.

    Today we celebrate all the love that is possible!

  • Teaching on Bhakti Should Be Reflected on

    Feb. 1, 2022 - "Teachings on Bhakti should be reflected on, practices that awaken it should be undertaken." - Sutra #76, Narada Bhakti Sutra

    This sutra is one of my favorites. Bhakti is devotional love, but I like to think of it as straight up love. So, according to this sutra, we should spend...

  • Stick With Love

    Jan. 17, 2022 - "I've decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." MLK

    Isn't it wonderful to have Martin Luther King Day each year, so we can be reminded to keep working toward a more beautiful world. The above quote I particularly love, because I have tried out hate now an...

  • Plant Flowers

    Jan. 7, 2022 - There is a meme going around that has two people talking. One person is saying to the other how horrible the upcoming year is going to be, with COVID and politics and the climate crisis and everything horrible. He asks the other person, "What do you think is going to happen in 202...

  • Positive Memories of 2021

    Dec. 28, 2021 - This is an appropriate moment to look back on 2021 and find the good. Of course, just like every year, there were things that weren't that good...but, I think it's ok to focus on only the good sometimes, to remind yourself there always is good to find. And, maybe you could leav...

  • Open to the Magic that is Everywhere

    Dec. 24, 2021 - Today I was thinking back to when I was a kid at Christmas. I have five older brothers, and we grew up in a big house with high ceilings. For Christmas we would have a huge tree, with tinsel and tons of lights or ornaments. It was total magic.

    On Christmas morning all of the b...

  • Breathe Tenderly as the Lover of All Beings

    Dec. 14, 2021 - Over this weekend I took a plane trip to Colorado, with a stop over in Chicago. Sadly, the plane was delayed in Vermont, and by the time I got to Chicago, it was too late to catch a connecting flight...so I had to spend four extra hours in the Chicago Airport. I figured I'd set...

  • Can You Feel Your Heartbeat?

    Dec. 7, 2021 - I am reading a book right now called "The External Mind...The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain." In the chapter I am currently listening to it is talking about the idea of "interoception." As the author describes it, "interoception is nothing more than the feeling of being al...

  • Coming Back To The Breath

    June 24, 2020 - Coming back to the every present breath...something we always have that helps us, and all we have to do is remember it's there.

  • Savoring the Moment

    May 19, 2021 - This morning I was savoring the incredible beauty of where I live. I was sitting on my back porch looking out at my back yard and the view I have. I live in a condo up on a hill and have an amazing southern view. I get to see the full sunrise over the Green Mountains every night, ...

  • Gratitude for the Support of Others

    Feb. 3, 2021 - Whenever I have heard teachers talking about their teaching, almost always they thank their students. I totally get that. For me, I enjoy the philosophy of yoga, the movement of yoga, how it makes me feel. But, without students, I know that I wouldn’t spend as much time explorin...

  • Your Goodness Is Always Part of You

    Dec 16, 2020 - In the philosophy of the teachings in the "Vijñānabhairava", it speaks to the idea that we can't separate ourselves of goodness and light, just like water can't be separated from wetness. Isn't that awesome! I love that idea. So, we'll celebrate our light today as we connect to ...

  • Foundation of Breath for Positivity

    July 23, 2021 - I’ve been thinking about how we have these various foundations in life that support us, and one of them is the breath. Connecting to the breath can help keep us about the fray. So, today we focus on the breath a bit…I hope you enjoy it. :-)