Yoga

Broken Hearts and Second Chances

Posted on Sep 6, 2015

Sugar Magnolia (AKA Maggie) and I have been living together for about two months now. We are bonding and having fun, and also learning interesting facts, such as: some shoes aren’t just comfy for feet, but make a very nice after-dinner snack as well. Who knew?

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Moments of Mudita

Posted on Jul 12, 2015

My new rescue pup, Maggie, she needs some Doga; she is feeling pretty stressed out.

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Everything is holy

Posted on May 6, 2015

Everything is holy

Israel invites strong emotions. Both politically and personally. This post is personal.

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The World in Us

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

The World in Us

Many of us urban meditators long to take to our cushions in a quiet place. This in fact was one of the inspirations for a yoga and meditation retreat that my friend Linda Sparrowe and I recently led in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

On the first day as we were chatting with Tom Newmark, the founder of Finca Luna Nueva, the bio-sustainable farm and research center to which we had brought our group, he mentioned that his greatest difficulty with the city was it was too darn quiet! “You’ll see,” he smiled raising his eyebrows; “it is noisy here, very noisy.”

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Who Is Your Teacher?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

Who Is Your Teacher?

Last week, after a class, a student who was visiting from San Francisco came up to talk. I had been impressed by her beautifully embodied poses, and her lively but concentrated manner. She asked if she could play the studio’s harmonium.  I was surprised, but consented. As I was gathering my things and saying good-bye to the other students, we were all stopped in our tracks by her gorgeous singing and playing. She only played very briefly and then quickly and expertly put everything away. She apologized for holding us up (which she hadn’t), but it seemed like she had truly needed to make some...

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Stormy Weather and the Benefits of Practice

Posted on Jul 24, 2014

Stormy Weather and the Benefits of Practice

  Lately I have found myself facing a number of personal challenges. Not unusual. Most of the time, or all of the time, we’ve all got STUFF. But sometimes it comes in waves, large and frightening. And then the ocean in which you’ve been blithely swimming suddenly appears threatening and murky. Shore can look very far away. I’ve often wondered how psychotherapists cope with times like this in their own lives. Or school teachers. Or really anyone who has to be coherent and responsible in front of others, which I suppose is most of us. Perhaps it is no accident that a portion of my work...

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