Penetrate to the Present Moment

Penetrate to the Present Moment

Editor’s Note: Today I have the pleasure to post an excerpt from the 2004 publication of one of my biggest heroes: the “Russian Yiddishe Yogini”, Author, Performer and Dear Friend, the amazing Mina Semyon. On a recent phone call she gave me her...
Everyday Yoga: Lessons from the Bay of Banderas

Everyday Yoga: Lessons from the Bay of Banderas

The Path “I can’t be worried about that shit.Life goes on, man.”The Big Lebowski The route through a tiny fishing village on the Bay of Banderas has taught me more about life than any yoga class. The path through town, although literally set in stone, is cobbled...
Mindfulness as a Skill

Mindfulness as a Skill

Dhyana, the seventh limb of yoga, is a state of keen awareness without judgment or attachment, and is akin to the “flow state” experienced by artists and performers. The practice of yoga offers a return to this state through the art of mindfulness. All...
What are Yamas and Niyamas?

What are Yamas and Niyamas?

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of Yoga, as defined and outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. YAMAS The yamas are a list of five things that we can choose not to engage in if we want to reduce suffering. They are standards to live by yes, BUT they are...
Improve Your Mood with Asana

Improve Your Mood with Asana

The list of yoga’s mental and physical benefits is long. Scientists are now beginning to uncover why yoga practitioners experience substantial enhancement in their level of wellbeing. It all comes back to a key neurotransmitter associated with stress. ...