Tag: yoga

The Space

The Space

“Holding space”—a task given to many a yoga teacher and holistic practitioner, a responsibility and a blessing that gives us a sense of unity and connection and safety. I spent many years leaning on my teachers to hold space for my personal healing, whether itread more

The Yoga of Reading

The Yoga of Reading

This week, I read a book. A fairly unremarkable statement from someone whose life has been defined by books, by stories, by reading and writing, and yet at this particular moment it feels like something to pay attention to. Like many of us, I’ve beenread more

Can You Be a Catholic and a Yogi?

Can You Be a Catholic and a Yogi?

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.… I sit on my yoga mat, ankles crossed in a Half Lotus pose, eyes closed and struggling to form the shape of these foreign sounds in my mouth. Horns blare and headlights shine dimly through the gossamer-curtained window—the thinnest of veilsread more

Teacher’s Pet: Or, What I Learned from Pain

Teacher’s Pet: Or, What I Learned from Pain

If I had had a different sixth grade math teacher (or, while we’re going here, ninth grade biology teacher or twelfth grade English teacher(s)), my life would probably look much different than it does now. It was in Mrs. C’s “honors” math class that Iread more

The Five Elements—Harnessing the Greatness of Us

The Five Elements—Harnessing the Greatness of Us

Earth, wind, and fire—besides being a great musical group, these three elements are part of a beautifully designed system of matter and energy at the core of Ayurvedic teaching and healing practices. Add in water and space (which are effectively the containers of the otherread more

Release into Possibility: A Lesson in Aparigraha

Release into Possibility: A Lesson in Aparigraha

Last month, I was taking a walk through my local park in Brooklyn with a clear intention of doing nothing else but observing. Given that walking is my primary mode of transportation, to undergo a “purposeless” walk such as this felt both strange and liberating.read more

The Tao of Boredom

The Tao of Boredom

Bore: (verb): 1. to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.; 2. To move forward slowly and persistently, as a hole-boring tool does; 3. To carry or support (past tense); 4. To be called by (past tense). Tao (noun): (in Chinese philosophy) the absoluteread more

Humble Bumble Meditation (Sixth Chakra)

Humble Bumble Meditation (Sixth Chakra)

This meditation is geared toward honing your intuition (Sixth Chakra, or Third Eye) by combining internal focus with external expansion, like a bumble bee on its flight to collect nectar.   Begin with a few rounds of Bhramari, or buzzing bee, Pranayama. To practice, takeread more

Constructive Stress

Constructive Stress

“Why should you want to exclude any anxiety, any grief, any melancholy from your life, since you do not know what it is that these conditions are accomplishing in you?” —Rainer Maria Rilke The memory of waking up on summer mornings as a kid hasread more

Blind Spot

Blind Spot

My yoga teacher has arranged our arms in Gomukhasana, Cow Face Pose, with a small looped strap around our wrists. It feels like a straight jacket in reverse, but she starts drawing circles with her elbows in a pattern that makes me miss my childhoodread more


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