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A person is made of whatever is firmly established
As the truth of his being in his own mind:
That he is, naught else.

Vasistha’s Yoga, III.88

Workshop Warriors: Learn Today, Teach Tomorrow?

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Gathering round a Great Master after an intense practice session many years ago, one of my colleagues turned to me and said, “Wow, I can’t wait to teach that to my students.”  “What?” I retorted, an irritated tone combining incredulousness and indignation. We (his students) had convened from various corners of the world to study, to be guided, to experience… Read More

Yoga Creates Problems

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Yoga creates problems.  Big problems.  At the heart of it, yoga messes with your mind.  Take everything you’ve done – all that physical beauty, those admirable personality traits, the joy of fulfilling relationships, your productive business deals – and unhinge yourself.  Or, put more accurately, unhinge your identity, the way you perceive your value as a result of those accomplishments. … Read More

Yoga as Therapy: Pain Medication

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The choice to embark upon a journey away from pain medication can be frightening, disheartening, and unsupported by many interlocking systems that overlap in a person’s life (palliative medicine, family structures, physical ailments, mental patterns and emotional experiences, to name a few).  This is not a decision to be taken lightly, without proper medical guidance, and may not be appropriate… Read More

What Kind of Yoga Do You Teach?

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Oh god . . . here it comes.  I can feel the question forming, like molecules of water gathering critical mass before dropping their clustered wetness to gravity, penetrating my dry, warm skin:  “What kind of yoga do you teach?” “Uhhmm,“ and it escapes. A shapeless sound from my throat like an animal grunting to stall, bargaining for a moment… Read More