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...
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. ...
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...