“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.” -Thomas Merton Greetings Everyone! Perhaps this image came to me because I just recently witnessed the birth of my daughter, but the other day when I was standing in Mountain Pose I had the vivid sensation of my whole body as an umbilical cord between ground and sky. This is not something that I ordinarily feel.
“Skillful action is the appropriate response to the demands of the present moment with minimum effort and maximum effect.” FSY Aphorism Greetings Everyone! One of my favorite things that Laura used to say in her classes was that you would “get” a yoga pose “all of a sudden, after a long period of time.” The “getting” had to do with being able to exist comfortably in the pose or.
“To understand that there is no security is far more than to agree with the theory that all things change, more even to observe the transitoriness of life. The notion of security is based on the feeling that there is something within us which is permanent, something which endures through all the days and changes of life.” -Alan Watts Greetings Everyone! As we’ve been re-examining the actions of the.
“The main resemblance between the Eastern ways of liberation and Western psychotherapy is in the concern of both with bringing about changes of consciousness, changes in our ways of feeling our own existence and our relation to human society and the natural world.” Alan Watts Greetings Everyone! I am proud to announce that we have an exciting collaboration taking place this weekend at the studio between yours truly and Dr..
“Yoga is for all of us. To limit yoga to national or cultural boundaries is the denial of universal consciousness.” B.K.S. Iyengar Greetings Everyone! Most of you have been hearing me talk about the recent death of yoga master, B.K.S Iyengar, in the public classes this week. I’ve been trying to pay homage to this great man by reciting some of his most famous quotes and then trying to apply.
“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself.” Robert Pirsig.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John Muir Greetings Everyone! Some of you have already heard me make this announcement in class all week, so apologies for the repeat. But for those who haven’t been to the studio in a while, I am leaving New Orleans today for a three week.
“The main resemblance between the Eastern ways of liberation and Western psychotherapy is in the concern of both with bringing about changes of consciousness, changes in our ways of feeling our own existence and our relation to human society and the natural world.” Alan Watts Greetings Everyone! Many of you have heard me tell the story in class of when the tailor went to see the Pope. After a.
“If your right is wrong, then it follows that any attempt on your part to be right will produce the wrong result. Rather, it is better to be prepared to be wrong. This leaves the way open for real right to take place.” Patrick Macdonald Greetings Everyone! At some point during this past weekend’s retreat in Covington, I heard myself uttering the same words in the same exact way that.
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” -Chief Seattle Greetings Everyone! Someone asked me recently if I could pinpoint the best advice my dad ever gave.
“Why do silent moments on wilderness trips when the membrane between inner and outer mind seems to dissolve and one experiences the vast, ecological self later seem so remote from the possibilities of daily life? There is no cultural support for the experiencing of self beyond the human-centered confines of a culture that is hostile to nature.” ~ Charlene Spretnak
“The less the body is experienced, the more it becomes an appearance; the less reality it has the more it must be undressed or dressed up; the less it is one’s own known body, the further away it moves from anything to do with one’s self.”~ Mary Whitehouse
“We have fallen into the place where everything is music. The strumming and the flute notes rise into the atmosphere, and even if the whole world’s harp should burn up, there will still be hidden instruments playing.” ~ Rumi
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” ~ Suzuki Roshi
“Whatever perspective you have arranged for yourself on the surface, there is always another perspective that makes the original idea of your self seem absurd.”