How to Have a Happier New Year

January 9, 2017

Happy new year, and happier new you, if you’ve made any resolutions to make what’s wonderful (meaning you) even better. I’ve made a few, with a twist: no absolutes. Check out my list: I’m reducing my sugar intake. I’m aiming to meditate every day for about ten minutes. I’m going for two chapters a week until […]

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

October 10, 2016

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 life. The truly important things, like your beliefs, what’s important to you, […]

A Month of Mudita

September 30, 2016

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 described as “difficult.” But is it? […]

More on Mudita, and How to Keep That Joy Real

September 27, 2016

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 that benefits one but harms many. Should we be grinning our heads […]

Yoga Tool: Satya, or Finding Your Truth

September 20, 2016

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 to a less stressful, more joyful way of living. Let’s […]