Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as taught by Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, is a vigorous and dynamic style of yoga that has been developed as a system of movement, postures and a certain breathing technique to progressively purify and tone the body whilst developing skills to quiet the mind and adopt […]
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This is a fantastic introduction to Ujiayi Breathing and the Bandhas with David Swenson, who I cherish and consider an outstanding teacher in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. It’s an old video, cute, but the information he conveys is valuable now as then and his instructions are clear and easy to […]
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of creation, […]
From Stuart Davis’ new season of Sex, God and Rock and Roll. I’m a big fan of the new and minuscule genre of cutting edge spiritual comedy.
In his TED talk “Dr. Love” aka Paul Zak prescribes 8 hugs a day. Find out why… What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it “the moral molecule”) is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a […]
Usually this is something that women tend not to speak about: Birthdays. They hint at age, and ageing is often seen as a weakness in our society. I feel and always have felt different. To me the ageing process is something wonderful – and obviously inevitable. In one way I […]
People buy iPhones to be universally connected and have a ton of cool functions and features at their fingertips. But as the wise monk Rev. Heng Sure once said, everything we create in silicon already exists in carbon. I’d add that the silicon technology is a poor facsimile at best. So […]
From a Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber You know the Zen koan, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” Usually, of course, we need two hands to clap—and that is the structure of typical experience. We have a sense of ourselves as a subject in here, and […]
In the 20th century different types of Hatha based yoga schools developed. The founders of the three dominant schools – Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga – were all students of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), a famous teacher at the Yoga Institute at the Mysore Palace in India and the “father of […]