Yoga Tool: Satyagraha, or The Gandhi Principle

"Satyagraha... is the force that is born of truth and love or nonviolence…. Satyagraha is soul-force pure and simple.”--Mahatma Gandhi. Be the change you want to see, beautiful people. Today and from this day forward, I live by the principle of Satyagraha ("truth" and "steadfastness"), the basis of … [Read more...]

Yoga and Creativity

Art and I used to be best friends. Constant companions, always together no matter what. Art--not a guy, but making art, creativity, drawing--was a part of me, from the time I was a little kid until I was a teenager. I loved art, and art seemed to love me. Then art and I broke up. The fault was … [Read more...]

Meditation Moment, and Time for a Brief Savasana

https://youtu.be/ecLpH-0yCXE Namaste, beautiful people. This is just a quick post to explain the absence of those Yoga Tools videos I've been posting every Monday for the past few months. I had to take a little Savasana, or deep relaxation as we say in Yoga class, though I haven't exactly been … [Read more...]

This Week’s Yoga Tool: Svadhyaya (Self-Study)

https://youtu.be/O8Ec2afBKQg Good morning, beautiful people. This week's Yoga Tool is Svadhyaya, Self-Study. Svadhyaya asks you to put a hold on thinking about yourself in terms of the way others perceive you--does this person like me? Does s/he think I'm hot/nice/nuts?--and look at your inner … [Read more...]

A Month of Mudita

This has been a month full of gratitude, mostly because I've been practicing Mudita, this week's Yoga Tool, without even realizing it. In Yoga, Mudita is described as the unselfish interest we take in other people's lives, and the joy we feel in their accomplishments. In everyday life, it's … [Read more...]

More on Mudita, and How to Keep That Joy Real

Good morning, beautiful people. Some of you asked for clarification on this week's Yoga Tool, Mudita, or unselfish joy in others' success. Last night's presidential debate probably raised some questions (not to mention blood pressure levels). Mudita doesn't mean forcing happiness over success … [Read more...]

This Week’s Yoga Tool: Mudita, or, I’m Actually Really Happy for You

https://youtu.be/ISeFu9MYl1Y Good morning, beautiful people. And happy Monday (yes, it can be!). This week's Yoga Tool is Mudita, or unselfish joy in others' lives, especially their successes.  Right. No, seriously. Sure, we experience pangs of envy when someone gets the great new job, or … [Read more...]

Working with Compassion in Satya, Your Truth

We're still working with this week's Yoga Tool, Satya, or Truth. Meditation allows us to tune into that small but strong voice within guiding us to our truth. Then, we start reflecting that out into the world in what we say and do. But does the truth have to be brutal? No way! In fact, Satya is, … [Read more...]

Yoga Tool: Satya, or Finding Your Truth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsGOIvSi2yI Good morning, beautiful people. This week's Yoga Tool is Satya, or Truth. Sometimes, Truth has some bad PR; we hear expressions like, "The truth hurts," or "Be brutally honest." None of that is necessary to find your way to the truth that can lead you … [Read more...]

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