This altar sends out gratitude for the earth that held and fed my ancestors. It is an invitation to the wind to enter my window as I sleep and fill my lungs with the ancient memories of their resilience. It calls to the water to nudge me tonight to flow through this lifetime as the
The word yoga has 2 meanings in Sanskrit: one definition is to yoke or union, as in the way we bring together the physical body and mind with postures and breathing. We also use the word yoga to describe a state of being where we do everything in life with more awareness. What we
If you are still struggling with the post-election dystopia, have you considered trying yoga? Before you do, may I please explain something? As Gabriel Halpern said in his dharma talk last weekend, starting yoga to find peace and comfort is like being caught in a rain storm and deciding to jump in the ocean. As
Most types of yoga asana are yang in nature meaning they require that we use the muscles, build heat and dynamically “do”. Yin yoga is a quiet, still practice that relaxes the muscles to stretch the deep tissue and release energy to the joints. Yin/Yang principles explain why even graceful aging includes morning stiffness. We
Thank you to everyone who made the BFYH community stronger, healthier and joyful this year. The studio will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. All other weekly classes are on! I hope you can spend some time with us over the holiday season. We are at the darkest point of the year.
Body language has the ability to empower or defeat. Where I don’t follow the belief that a cluttered desk is equivalent to a cluttered mind, I firmly support that body language, or non-verbal communication, can be more revealing than words. Even before a hand shake or hug, much can be assumed about a person by
The story starts with stepping on a freshly fallen green acorn the other morning. The initial thought was “ ouch” and “crap, summer is ending”. Then with the acceptance and appreciation that we can never outdo nature, a lesson formed. The acorn in question was from a white oak tree that is approximately 25 years old.
It is interesting to see what sticks after a powerful training. Especially when the teacher is Nischala Devi. She has a remarkable ability to intertwine relevant stories and analogies with deep-seated yoga teachings as a way to remember the lesson. Despite my dislike of condiments, when the word ketchup was used to explain the different facets of
Today’s Class Notes Spanda is the Sanskrit word that refers to the subtle creative pulse of the universe as it manifests itself in every living form. Spanda teaches that reality is inherently creative rather than static. To invoke Spanda in your yoga practice, try these steps: 1. Find Stillness – Listen to the breath