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What are the Chakras?

What are the Chakras?

The seven chakras are energy centers in the body. Knowing about the chakras can help heal the body and the spirit. Our physical bodies express the truth we carry in our bodies. Sometimes these truths show up as pain, injuries, and unexplained issues. If you […]

Aparigraha and attachments to outcomes

Aparigraha and attachments to outcomes

One of the yamas is Aparigraha, which means non-hoarding, non-collecting, and letting go. This yama teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment, and let go when the time is right. This yama makes me think of […]

Act with no attactments, let go of the outcome.

Act with no attactments, let go of the outcome.

I have been thinking this week about attachments to outcomes. One of the principles of mindfulness is acting for the sake of the action, and not for the sake of the outcome. For example, we wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes, not […]

I wasn’t always this enlightened

I wasn’t always this enlightened

I wasn’t always this enlightened. That title makes me laugh — as if I am enlightened now! (I am not, but I’m on the path somewhere.) . Back when I was a teenager, I was a mean girl. I was also immature and insecure. I was […]

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Everything in the universe is a vibration. You’ve heard of string theory, right? According to string theory, all particles in the universe are actually tiny vibrating strings. Each type of vibration corresponds to a different particle. . You’ve probably heard the expression “good vibes.” You […]

Book Club: The Bhagavad Gita

Book Club: The Bhagavad Gita

This week I am starting a book club at the yoga studio, and our first book is the Bhagavad Gita. I have avoided this book for years. The premise doesn’t appeal to me at all — the book is about a battle, where the main […]

About those sun salutations…

About those sun salutations…

If you’ve ever been to a vinyasa class, you know about sun salutations. This 12-step flowing sequence is seen as a base on which to build the entire practice. It originated with Ashtanga Yoga, which was taught to Patthabhi Jois, who as a young man […]

Practicing Aparigraha during the holidays

Practicing Aparigraha during the holidays

In this season of excess, how can we practice aparigraha? This important yama teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment, and to let go when the time is right.  Practicing aparigraha means non-hoarding, non-collecting, and letting go. […]

Moving forward after a loss

Moving forward after a loss

The other night I had a bad dream. I arrived at an airport, ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime. I had my suitcase full of clothes, but at the last moment, I realized I had forgotten everything else! I didn’t have my […]

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is the act of bringing awareness to the present moment. Many of us have difficultly staying fully present. Our thoughts wander back into our past, reliving events over and over. Sometimes our thoughts jump ahead into the future, and we worry about possible outcomes. […]