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  • Action and Inaction are both Actions

    Friday, Nov 18, 2022 - In the Bhagavad Gita this is a stanza about the idea that both action and inaction are actions. I really love that. For today, we'll keep moving, getting into the feeling of action.

  • Be Your Self

    Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 - Sometimes it can be hard to be your self and do what you really need to do. In today's class you are invited to make it feel good for you...really, that is what the physical yoga practice is all about.

  • Working WIth Spanda In Your Yoga Practice

    Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 - Today we practice with the idea of Spanda, which translates as dynamic stillness.

  • Let Thoughts Pass Like Clouds

    Monday, Nov 14, 2022 - Yesterday I was reminded of the first time I read about the concept of letting thoughts pass like clouds...it was 40 years ago. Wow. Enjoy the class. :-)

  • Future Pain Can Be Avoided

    Wednesday, Nov 9, 2022 - Sometimes we create future pain in our minds, bodies and hearts. That isn't necessary. Let's avoid that today.

  • Practice Love All the Time With All the Heart

    Tuesday, Nov 8th - Today we consider one of the sutras from the Bhakti tradition, that in-part says, "practice love all of the time with all of the heart." Isn't that nice. :-)

  • Removing Barriers to Awaken Love

    Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 - There is a great quote from Rumi: "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

  • Listen to Your Feelings

    Thursday, Nov 3, 2022 - Today we tune in to the information that the body is sharing with us.

  • Finding In Here

    Monday, Nov 1, 2022 - The thing about yoga is it's a reminder that there is always an "in here" we can escape to. Let's do that today. :-)

  • We Are Well Made and Our Essence is Joy

    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 - In the writings of the Upanishads it says that we are "well made" and our essence is "joy." That's nice to think about, isn't it. We'll consider and experience that today in class.

  • Life is Full of Potential

    Monday, Oct 31, 2022 - This morning I was thinking about my Dad and his willingness to do different things than the norm, and live a life looking at the possible. We'll think about that today.

  • Karma Yoga

    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 - The practice of karma yoga is to take action that is "good" action, without regard for the fruits of the action. Today we think about that and work on it as a yoga practice.

  • Finding Your Grounding in Your Breath

    Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 - Over the last 3 days I've been teaching the UVM Teaching Training. After doing something like that, it's great to get back to being grounded, and the breath really helps with that. We'll enjoy the breath today. :-)

  • Finding the Space in the Breath

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 - Today we find the space between the inhale and the exhale, and the exhale and the inhale.

  • Teaching on Bhakti Should be Reflected On

    Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 - One of my favorite teachings from sacred texts is this one, "Teachings on Bhakti (love) should be reflected on, practices that awaken it should be undertaken." We will do practices that awaken it today. :-)

  • Practicing Kindness

    Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 - Today the Dalai Lama reminded me that people are kind to you, you appreciate it. So, being kind to others will also be appreciated. :-)

  • Sattva Means both Goodness and Existence

    Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 - In yoga philosophy, the word "sattva" have many meaning, but two of them are "goodness" and "existence." So, think about that for a hot second. A word that means both goodness and existence. Which, of course, would mean, if it exists it is good, and if it is good, it exi...

  • Appreciating Your Consistent Practice

    Monday, 9.26.22 - Something that I am really feeling today is gratitude to have something I do everyday that makes me feel good...which is the yoga practice. And, you know, it doesn't have to be yoga. What I recognize is having something in life that is a regular thing can feel really good. En...

  • Like a Candle Flame in a Windless Room

    9.21.22 - In the Bhagavad Gita it talks about meditation like having the calm of a candle flame in a windless room. I love that imagery. In class we imagine the flame and do our best to keep it still, through smooth movement and a calm mind. I think you'll enjoy it.

  • Pearls on a Thread

    9.20.22 - In the Bhagavad Gita it talks about the idea that we are all connected like pearls on a thread. The pearls are each individual person, and the thread is the goodness that connects us. A nice idea to ponder. :-)

  • Counting the Breath of Focus the Mind

    Sept 15, 2022 - Today we using counting along with the breath to help with mental clarity.

  • Opening Up for Deeper Breathing

    Sept 14, 2022 - Today we'll do a breathing exercise to start, and then a practice of opening the body for deeper breathing.

  • Finding Truthfulness is a Practice

    Sept 6, 2022 - One of the practices is yoga is "satya" - which means truthfulness. What I've come to recognize is, like everything in life, truthfulness isn't black and white and you can struggle with it. Today we consider truth as we practice.

  • Misconception of the world isn't helpful

    Sept 2, 2022 - In the Sutras of Patanjali, the first part of the book is about how you want to calm the fluctuations of the mind, but there are things that get in the way of that. One of them is misconception. I realize this is something everyone does. It happens all the time. In class we'll ...