Yoga – Body, Self and World

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This year makes 17 since I took up the practice of yoga. It was the year 2000. “Y2K.” Sometime around 2006-2007, I thought I might be ready to teach. This readiness wasn’t the result of anybody’s encouragement – teacher or friend. But I found myself in the quiet of my own practice, or in a class where I thought to …

Carl Jung on the Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra

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In our next Yoga+Art class we’ll explore manipura, or the fire chakra. In looking for inspiration for both the postural and creative components of our class, I went back to pioneering psychologist Carl Jung’s insights into the chakra system and to manipura specifically. Contemporary chakra psychology sometimes isolates our study of the chakras (or energetic centers) in order to diagnose and treat …

Ashtanga: The Eight Limbs – 2

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Modern postural yoga is but one aspect of a total system of self understanding and self-compassion.  In my last post, I briefly surveyed the first of the eight limbs in the ashtanga yoga system, the yamas. Here, I’ll do the same with the niyamas, the five observances of the self, again drawing on both BKS Iyengar’s and Chip Hartranft’s writings …

Sacred Encounters: Yoga, Meditation and Depth Psychology – the view from my mat

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I spent the last couple of days of August at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California attending “Sacred Encounters: Yoga, Meditation & Depth Psychology,” an inaugural program that brought together practicing psychotherapists, Pacifica faculty and yoga instructors (some of whom are also therapists and graduates of the Pacifica programs). I’ve been thinking about and exploring yoga as a psychological …