A Gardening Sankalpa

In yoga philosophy, a sankalpa is a term that refers to a heartfelt desire, a solemn vow, an intention, or a resolve to do something.  It could be something like repeating a several malas of a mantra each day, performing a particular practice before or after meditation, or just resolving Read more…

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Shoshoni Yoga Retreat

The Guru Gita

This past weekend, Diana and I spent our time at the birthday celebration of the spiritual leader (Sri Shambhavananda or Babaji) of the yoga centers where Diana has done her training.  The celebration was held at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat, one of the  Shambhava ashrams up in a beautiful setting in Read more…

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The Necessity of Dormancy

The word beekeeper implies that in keeping bees people are saving them, almost as if they’re taking in orphaned babies who can’t care for themselves. It seems to me that bees are not really kept. They certainly keep me in honey, and they mostly keep themselves. This has been apparent Read more…

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Prepare to be Humbled

Today was my first day of third-level yoga teacher training. This training takes three months to explore hand and arm balances. This is not an area I have explored in much depth, so I’m nervous about it, maybe a little more nervous than the last training, which focused on postures Read more…

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The Yoga I Teach

In “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n Roll’” a biopic about Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen recalls working with Berry as a session musician. Bruce is the kind of musician who likes to have a plan before his performances, so he asked Berry what he was planning to play that night. Berry looked Read more…

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