The fountain of youth: how to develop a more flexible mind

What happens to you when plans change at the last minute? Or, how about when someone or something violates one of your long held beliefs? What about when you encounter something new or unpredictable? You might notice your body start to tense up. Maybe you come out swinging, or you …

Seven questions to ask yourself for a healthier mind-body and society in 2018

The parts of New Year’s Eve that I enjoy are the openness to change in the air and the opportunity to ask self-reflective questions. What were the highlights of your last year? What about the lowlights? What did you learn? Sometimes these questions are met with a groan. But from …

The truth about shoulder stand: why it’s NOT the Queen of Asana

“Never do headstand, shoulder stand or plow” so was quoted Glenn Black, a well-known teacher and body worker in the yoga community in a Huffington Post article. If you’re a yoga practitioner or a yoga teacher, maybe this statement causes you to panic. Maybe it makes you want to throw …

How critical thinking helps you feel more zen

Everywhere you turn, you hear advice like “follow your heart” when you are faced with a difficult decision. But using your gut isn’t always the best choice. Our own unconscious biases can lead us astray. Critical thinking as a decision making tool is underrated, but it can lead to a …

How spiritual bypass may be hindering your growth

Ever run into a “blissed out” type of person, and think, that’s some phoney-bologna (or phoney-boloney if you prefer)? How do you feel about all those nama-slay t-shirts? About two years ago, I started questioning my yoga practice and the community I was hanging out in. How meaningful was all …

How to bring the yamas into your daily life

What does it mean to live life skillfully? The yoga tradition, along with many other traditions, has its own way of framing the answer. Patanjali, the sage and scholar who lived some time before 4th century CE, provided the first known written account of yoga’s eight-fold path. The yamas, guidelines …

The great debate: Is REAL yoga ethics first?

Images of supple (usually) women doing seemingly impossible yoga poses in pristine environments with accompanying inspirational quotes are rampant. You’ve seen them. I’ve created them. They might make you feel motivated, or they might induce eye rolling. Regardless, yoga often begins in the physical (“asana”) practice. But yoga (or the …