“If the practice of today damages the practice of tomorrow it is not correct practice.” BKS Iyengar, Page 50, Light on Life Early in my practice I injured my hamstring at the attachment by over-stretching. Although I was able to do the asana (from the outside) to some extent, my sensitivity and awareness had… Continue reading Ahimsa in Asana
Climate crisis, gun violence, racism, sexism, nuclear weapons, deep corruption in the leaders of our world, selfishness, shortsightedness, greed, ignorance. How can a yogi or any person respond? One way is by waking up and by developing common sense and viveka -- to see clearly. The Buddha taught that that there is no "sin" as it is taught in some religions, "the root of all evil is ignorance (avidya) and false views" (What the Buddha taught, Walpola Rahula p.3).
"Meditation is to bring the complex consciousness to simplicity and innocence without pride and arrogance." B.K.S. Iyengar, The Tree of Yoga "Veil upon veil shall lift, but still veil upon veil will be found behind." -Lord Buddha quoted in The Science of Yoga, I.K. Taimni p. 446 "Realization is not acquisition of anything new… Continue reading Reflections on Samadhi
"In Iyengar yoga you are drawn beyond your limits. This is its signature condition." -Prashant Iyengar By facing and transcending limitations, physical and mental, I am brought into a fuller sense of what it is to be human. The pain doesn't kill you. You don't die. But you do realize that one day you will die and you begin to imagine how you would like to face that moment and every moment of your life.
We arrived to Balewadi Stadium on December 3rd to a very well organized event with over 1200 participants. We were given a badge and a group, coded by letters and colors which determines where in the hall we will sit for the day - the groups rotate positions in the hall each day. Abhijati opened… Continue reading Centennial Celebration, Day 1 & 2
Practicing and understanding yoga is about practicing and understanding key principles. From these fundamental principles or sources, flows the plurality of technique, expression, systemization and method. If the technique follows from the source, there can be alignment, systematic intelligence, and authenticity. Yoga comes from the source and takes us back to the source. The journey to… Continue reading Liberating Source: Navigating Darkness to Reveal the Light
Two topics that have been on my mind: the harmful effects of plastic and aparigraha (freedom from greed, non possessiveness, non hoarding, without surplus). Over the past couple of months, we have seen in the media photos of plastic covering the oceans four times the size of California, statistics such as by… Continue reading Plastic Waste and Aparigraha