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 …

Book Review: Making Time and Taming Time “Overwhelm”

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I work with busy people. Women and men, old and young. For some, our weekly or twice-weekly yoga sessions are the only times of the week they allow time and space for themselves, to tend to their own needs, so inundated are they with work, kids and the obligations those spheres entail. Some, I’m sure, don’t make time (because they …

Good Yoga Books – The Yoga of Food: Wellness from the Inside Out

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I stumbled upon this book at the library one day in between appointments. In this thoughtful, sensitive and well-written work, Melissa Grabau, psychologist and yoga teacher, looks at eating habits and eating disorders from a yogic point of view.  What do I mean by “yogic point of view?” You might be thinking this is a book about Ayurveda and food for the doshas. …

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 …

Ashtanga: The Eight Limbs

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Modern postural yoga is but one aspect of a total system of self understanding and self-compassion.  While also the name for a certain style of modern postural yoga (to confuse things up a little bit), known for its demanding vinyasa and increasingly challenging sequences of poses, ashtanga also refers to a system of psycho-spiritual discipline that includes postures as only one of …

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 …

Fire in the Belly (Revised): Manipura Chakra

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The following is a revised version of an article I wrote and posted here about 4 years ago or so. I thought it would provide some useful background to our next Citrakarma/Yoga+Art session at The Color Shack, coming up Sunday June 28th from 1-3pm. We’ll be exploring manipura chakra through yoga postures and aromatherapy, and then we’ll put some paint on a canvas! …

Previews Part 3: Yoga & Breath – A Workshop

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More highlights of what we’ll be covering in my Yoga & Breath workshop on April 12, 2015. So more here on a few of the texts I’m using as resource material for our discussion and practice. I’ll finish this previews series of posts by enticing you with food… The “Breath of Yoga” gives us the yoga philosophy undergirding the practice …

Previews: Yoga & Breath – A Workshop

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I wanted to give you all some highlights of what we’ll be covering in my Yoga & Breath workshop on April 12, 2015. To do that, I’ll present a few of the texts I’m using as resource material for our discussion and practice, and then finish this previews series of posts by enticing you with food! Today I’m bringing us …