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...
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...
Breath as Teacher

Breath as Teacher

“What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.” Shunryu Suzuki This quote, from the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind,  is one of the most influential quotes I’ve read.  Buddhist texts used to be confusing...
How to Practice Yoga at Home

How to Practice Yoga at Home

Are you a beginner who wants to practice yoga but don’t know where to start? Are you short on time for going to a studio or a bit shy to show up? Today it’s possible – even easy – to start your yoga practice at home. While you can practice at home, my...
How to Find a Yoga Teacher

How to Find a Yoga Teacher

Yoga practices have become more popular during the last couple of years. Today, most people start their practice at home, through online videos or apps.  Perhaps you began practicing yoga in this way, and now want to gain instruction from a teacher in real life,...