How has your yoga teaching, practice or both changed in the last five years? Some of us were taught to spiritualize pain in the postures. That our yoga is about what we can do or what it looks like. That alignment or gurus are unquestionable. The authoritarian system may have made us feel bad, shamed, … Continue reading The Question For Yoga Teachers
My answer has changed over the years. In the beginning the answer was a formless, abstract, unintelligible lump in my throat during savasana that kept me coming back. Yoga was drawing up all the grief I'd been holding in that was dying to get out. I didn’t know how or why, but I knew the way … Continue reading Why Do You Do Yoga?
One of my yoga teachers would often say, "After enlightenment there's the dishes." A play on the Zen proverb, "After enlightenment, the laundry." The same old mundane things we thought we would escape by reaching or finally attaining "enlightenment" will be waiting for us. This brings to mind the question, Where are we trying to … Continue reading How to Set Your Self Free
How do you define spirituality? I grew up thinking being religious meant you were spiritual and vice versa. When I walked away from organized religion in my early 30s, I thought I was walking away from spirituality as well. When I would experience blissful moments of peace, connection, or unparalleled stillness on my yoga mat, … Continue reading Spirituality À La Carte