As yoga teachers, it’s common to think that our students have something to learn from us and that we’re the interesting ones with “the goods” to share. However, ultimately, we are all sitting on the same ground in the same circle. This equanimous “sitting” so to speak is in many ways symbolic of honoring the … Read moreCommunity Spotlight: One World Running
Vegan and Gluten Free (recipe below) Cooking with plants has a lot to do with “listening”. It really feels like the plants talk to me and tell me how to cook with them without communicating via words! When I cook, I often feel like I’m being led by my ingredients without knowing in advance where … Read moreZucchini Bread & Flower Power Muffins
“Right now, I want it to be about him [acknowledging Sharath Jois in the front of the room]. He’s about to begin.” ~ David Swenson They say we live in degenerate times. How do we, as yoga practitioners and dharma practitioners, develop and maintain a genuine respect for our teachers and our lineage? This is a little … Read moreAdvanced Teacher Primary Student
After 6 years of teaching yoga and 15 years of studying yoga, I’m excited to now be connecting some of my time and activity on the mat with some of the time and activities that I want to be more involved with off the mat, especially: activism for animal rights and environmental protection. BAE (Boulder Animals … Read moreBAE YOGA & the Pancha Maha Bhoota
Vaguely, I remember at some point in my studies with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor (at this time I was in New York, before I came to Boulder to continue studying with them) where Richard was talking about the first verse of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra(s), the terse two words: “Atha Yogaanusasanam” (pronounced something like … Read moreAtha Yogaanusasanam: Here & Now
This is a video from the Indian TV news after I was raped/sexually assaulted at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness guesthouse in Mumbai, India in 2009. I still do not know what the reporters are saying in this video but I can tell you for sure that the animated depiction of two men knocking … Read more#MeToo Healing Part 2: Media, Truth & Non-Violence (Satya & Ahimsa)
The true testament of any practice (spiritual, physical, mental, etc) is what life experiences it can help you to work through. What does it help you to move through, to get unstuck from? My yoga practice (particularly, Ashtanga Yoga – in synergy with other elements, which I will also discuss in future blog posts) has … Read more#MeToo Healing Part 1: Paradox
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“Described by naturalist, Sr. David Attenborough, as ‘one of the most important films of our time,’ A Plastic Ocean is the documentary that has captivated audiences and incited positive action around the world. Through stunning underwater shots and disturbing footage of plastic pollution, the film investigates the damage caused when plastic consumption goes unchecked.” Refreshments … Read moresave our oceans: free screening this thursday!
Which side are you on? The side of the oppressor Or the side of the oppressed? Can we see Beyond our side? Can we switch sides? Can the side of the oppressor Become the side of the oppressed? And vice versa? On the side of the oppressor Do we believe we are entitled To claim … Read moreWhich side are you on?