False Hunger

My teacher, friend, and Guru accepted everyone--folks of different faiths,  points of view and even body types.  He  spoke often about how it was more important to lose the weight of our negative mind than to stress out over losing physical weight.  One of his dearest...

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Night Eating

I recently read an interesting article about "night eating".  I was surprised to learn it is considered an eating disorder.  Go here to read, on the Eating Disorders website.  They mention that not being hungry in the morning is a common symptom--well, that's...

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Utkatasana

I've been teaching the chair pose, utkatasana, to my students, and wanted to put an image out into the web-o-sphere of what it looks like when a bigger body performs this asana.  It's a great way to keep your thighs toned, so I use it as a way of coming out of the...

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Relaxation Response

I'm working on a new book, tentatively titled Big Yoga Stress Strategies, for Square One, and am boning up on the most recent research about the effects of meditation on the body and mind.  Something I didn't know--but probably should have--that, according to Herbert...

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The Skinny on Skin

During the summer, we worry about getting too much sun exposure, but what about this time of year?  We probably don't get enough to synthesize vitamin D through exposure to UV light.  That's why they put vitamin D in our milk.  but if you can get out there and soak up...

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Kirtan Tomorrow

I'll be giving a Big Yoga Workshop tomorrow at Awake and Aware Studio in Kalamazoo at 1pm.  Afterwards, at 5pm, come join me for some chanting of the Holy names of God.  We'll be sharing some Sanskrit Slokas, taken from the Integral Yoga Kirtan, and giving the...

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Wisdom From the Buddha

You are far from the end of your journey. The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. See how you love. -Buddha Image taken  in Pelkor Chode monastery in Gyantse, Tibet.

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Anatomy Wizard

This is a wonderful video that exemplifies the results of one-pointed thinking.  It comes by way of anatomy teacher, Leslie Kamonoff.  Thanks Leslie! http://yogaanatomy.net/chair-trick/

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Sciatica–ouch!

One of my Yoga students recently complained of a sharp pain in her lower back and buttocks that radiated down the leg and foot--classic symptoms of sciatica.  She said it sometimes wrapped around the side of the hip and down the front of the knee, even down to the...

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Too Darn Hot!

One of my favorite recordings is Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter's "Too Darn Hot!".  The first time I heard it , I was in junior high, and my best friend 's mom had the anthology of Ella singing all of the Cole Porter songs, with orchestral arrangements by Nelson...

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IBPA Awards

Last night, the Independent Book Publisher Association handed out their annual awards at a ceremony in New York city. Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awardsâ„¢ recognizes excellence in independent publishing....

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Who is Meera?

I was given the Sanskrit name, Meera (also spelled Mira) by my Gurudeva, the great Sri Swami Satchidananda. He told me at the time that it meant "the celestial singer", and that it was the name of a famous Indian saint, Mirabai. She was born a princess in South India...

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