The Dharma Talk I Couldn’t Give: Conscious Consumerism

The Dharma Talk I Couldn’t Give: Conscious Consumerism

Confronting the farce of conscious consumerism, this week’s dharma talk became a journey into stark reality. As an Ashtanga Yoga teacher, I grappled with the hypocrisy of our consumption patterns. From the Washington Post’s strike to Kristen Krash’s radical shift in Ecuador, these contrasting scenarios reveal the deep chasm between minor lifestyle changes and true liberation from consumerism. Acknowledging Carl Jung’s wisdom, we explore the unavoidable pain inherent in our societal system. This article delves into making conscious, albeit limited, choices while fostering compassion for our constraints. It’s a candid exploration of the struggle to find balance in an imperfect world

In Times of Crisis, Pratyahara

In Times of Crisis, Pratyahara

In times of crisis, the practice of Pratyahara can help us navigate the overwhelming influx of information and emotions. It’s not about tuning out the world, but rather pausing and gathering ourselves to respond with clarity and compassion. Discover how this ancient yogic practice promotes self-awareness and supports those who are suffering.

Get Your Sanskrit On: The Language of Yoga

As Ashtanga yoga practitioners, we are familiar with the Sanskrit names of the yoga poses, or asanas. But have you ever wondered about the origins of this ancient language and its significance in the yoga tradition? In this post, we will explore the fascinating world of Sanskrit and its connection to our practice. What is Sanskrit? Sanskrit is an ancient language that originated in India over 3,000 years ago. It is considered to be the mother of all Indo-European languages and is one of the oldest languages on Earth. The…

A Yogi’s Guide to the Branches of Yoga

A Yogi’s Guide to the Branches of Yoga

Introduction: Welcome fellow yogis! Today we are going to explore the diverse branches of yoga and understand their origins. This guide will help deepen our understanding of Bhakti, Jnana, Raja, Tantra, and Hatha Yoga. So, roll out your mat, breathe, and let’s get started. Bhakti: Yoga of Devotion Bhakti yoga is known as the path of devotion. Those who practice Bhakti yoga see the divine in all. They believe in invoking love and feeling a sense of closeness to the divine through their thoughts, words, and deeds. The practices of…

Yoga Philosophy: Exploring its Origins and Impact on Practice

Yoga is a practice that is becoming increasingly popular around the world, and for good reason. Not only does it offer a way to improve physical health and flexibility, but it also has a profound impact on mental and spiritual wellbeing. At the heart of yoga is a philosophy that underlies the practice, and understanding this philosophy can lead to a more well-rounded and fulfilling yoga practice. In this blog post, we will explore the origins of yoga philosophy, its relationship to Hinduism, and its potential impact on a yoga…