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Esalen and the Guru of No Gurus

We teach best what we most need to learn. ~ Richard Bach If you meet the Buddha, kill him. ~ Zen Master Linji There is no spiritual bypass. ~ John Wellwood In his lyrical masterpiece "Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion," Jeffrey Kripal traces the confluence and intertwining of Western psychology and Eastern [...]

October 2nd, 2015|Yoga|Comments Off on Esalen and the Guru of No Gurus

How to Earn an Honest Living as a Yoga Teacher

I find it fascinating that the yoga industry has come to mirror Wall Street more than provide it with a new compassionate, abundant business model to emulate.  Like the scarcity consciousness of Wall Street, there is the 1% of yoga millionaires and then the 99% of yoga teachers, many of whom are struggling to earn a livable [...]

August 31st, 2015|Yoga|Comments Off on How to Earn an Honest Living as a Yoga Teacher

Is It Obscene For Yoga Teachers To Use The “C” Word?

The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Yeats, "The Second Coming" And as we wind on down the road, Our shadows taller than our souls... Robert Plant, "Stairway to Heaven" Most people floating around my orbit are fellow yoga and meditation teachers, psychotherapists, artists, musicians, intellectuals, creative types, etc. [...]

July 28th, 2015|Yoga|Comments Off on Is It Obscene For Yoga Teachers To Use The “C” Word?

Yoga in the Upanishads

Recuperating from an excruciatingly painful near-fatal automobile accident in the 1980s, I stumbled upon a film based on W. Somerset Maugham's acclaimed novel entitled "The Razor's Edge." In the film, after surviving a near-fatal incident, Bill Murray foregoes the American Dream to travel around the world seeking the meaning of life. At one point, his [...]

July 10th, 2015|Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga in the Upanishads

What is Yoga Therapy?

While millions of people around the world today use yoga as a form of physical exercise and countless others use it for spiritual liberation, the number of people using yoga as a therapy is perhaps its greatest area of growth. Physicians are more frequently encouraging patients to try yoga as an alternative to more invasive [...]

July 8th, 2015|Yoga|Comments Off on What is Yoga Therapy?

What Are The Essential Differences Between Tantra, Vedanta, Buddhism, and A Course in Miracles?

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. Ludwig Wittgenstein, "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" Last week I was on a date with a lovely woman and on the way to dinner we had to sort out our dietary restrictions - as one must do here at the edge of Western Civilization. "I'm an ethical vegetarian," I [...]

April 28th, 2014|Yoga|Comments Off on What Are The Essential Differences Between Tantra, Vedanta, Buddhism, and A Course in Miracles?

“Threads of Yoga” by Matthew Remski

"Threads of Yoga" by Matthew Remski should be on the reading list of every yoga teacher training. It is rich, inspirational – and to use Remski’s own term, “fleshy.”  This is a luscious, succulent, unpacking and updating of Patanjali’s sutras. Remski uses several tools to dissect Patanjali’s threads and poetically reassemble them into a coherent [...]

August 28th, 2013|Yoga|Comments Off on “Threads of Yoga” by Matthew Remski

How I Learned Everything I Needed to Learn From Yoga From Bruce Springsteen

A buddy of mine got fourth row center seats to Bruce Springsteen at Wrigley Field -- sans any inconvenience charges -- so I reached into my bucket of frequent flier miles and flew to Chi-town. "Because the Night" is one of the greatest paeans to romantic love ever written, but I had always attributed its [...]

October 20th, 2012|Yoga|Comments Off on How I Learned Everything I Needed to Learn From Yoga From Bruce Springsteen