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The Ashtanga Opening Chant

The Ashtanga Opening Chant

In the Ashtanga Yoga tradition it is customary to come to samasthiti and chant the opening mantra (sometimes referred to as "invocation") together. In the once a week led class this happens at the beginning of class and during Mysore practice we usually chant at the...

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Yoga Sutra 1.1 atha yoganusasanam

Yoga Sutra 1.1 atha yoganusasanam

The yoga sutras are one of the major texts of the practice and theory of yoga. Compiled by the scholar Patanjali around 500-400 CE, the yoga sutras are comprised by four chapters and 196 sutras ("threads") in Sanskrit. At the time there were no written records...

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Bhumi Yoga & Covid Measures

Bhumi Yoga & Covid Measures

To be able to open our shala and welcome you all for practice some of our means of operation will, for the time being, be different than what we all were used to. This will require a little bit of effort in getting used to for all of us. Some of the measures may come...

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What is Progress in Practice?

What is Progress in Practice?

I wanted to share a few notes on what progress in practice means. I feel it's easy to take an unbeneficial take on what constitutes progress.  In our material and consumerist culture, most of us are conditioned to "perform" and function far beyond the best of our...

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Benefits of Yin & Restorative Yoga

Benefits of Yin & Restorative Yoga

Every Wednesday evening I hold a ninety minute practice and about once a month I offer a long session of Yin and Restorative Yoga. Today I want to describe a few of the benefits of this deeply nurturing and healing practice. I call yin & restorative yoga an...

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The Magic of the Vinyasa Count

The Magic of the Vinyasa Count

The vinyasa count is originally an integral part of our practice and is a great tool to harness awareness to the present moment experience. Oftentimes practitioners find it daunting to learn it. I'd say, give it a go really (see my recommendations for starting below)...

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