My little “bell”- as I call it- is something of an instrument and something of a voice- yet it is neither. It represents the traditional Tibetan “singing” bowl, a Buddhist object used for thousands of years in the Himalayan regions of Tibet and Nepal. The metal bowls, when struck with a wooden stick, release circular […]
As we know, meditation practice involves training in methodology and deepens with practice. Ultimately, though, meditation is a state of freedom. We always have permission to explore, to let it run loose.
Other cultures (and not only eastern ones) actually meditate in graveyards and charnel grounds where bodies are buried and/or cremated. These places are full of significance for practitioners. They symbolize the self integration that sustains a meaningful life, connected with the change that guides the universe, encourages the suspension of ego, the end of fear-based […]
When we make a special meal, we use the best tools we have- the best pot for cooking, the best dishes for enjoying the meal. When we eat good food, we do it for the nourishment. The same is true in yoga. We use our bodies as the containers for the poses- “cooking” internally as […]
WHAT IS YIN YOGA? The yin tissues of the body are the deeper, more hidden fascia, connective tissues and their joints. These delicate tissues require a safe form of conditioning such as stretching/ stillness. The so-called “Yang” tissues, a more common focus in Western exercise, are the larger, more external and visible muscles and ligaments […]
Memorial Day is about remembering veterans, especially those fallen in war. For me, it is about 2 things. The first, remembering ALL people who have fallen in all wars- including civilians.
The season of sound and color is upon us in SF!! It begins with Carnivale, graduations, builds up to Gay Pride Day, then July 4th, and onward through Labor Day! The flowers are out, radiant, all animals including the humans are in full swing active mode! Physical, sporty, expressive doing. Fun but fatiguing. Increased chance […]
I’m sharing some of the deeper aspects of Sun Salutations known in Sanskrit as Surya Namaskar. I owe much of my deeper knowledge of this practice to Richard Rosen, so let’s start with a few quotes from him. “It might seem strange to us that the yogis place the seat of wisdom in the heart, […]