We all have stories about the very reasons we came to yoga and why we keep practicing – some more dramatic than others – but all valid to each one of us. For those of us who have made yoga an integral part of our life, or should I say, attempt to live a yogic lifestyle, the first step is always the hardest. People often say that just by walking in the door of a yoga studio, you have done 50% of the work. In my case, sheer heartbreak that brought me to the door.
In 1991 my husband and soul mate of 21 years died in a sudden car wreck. I think the word wreck is most appropriate, rather than accident, because as we know there are no accidents in life, and it did indeed wreck my very existence and that of our two sons. At the time of his passing, I was an ex- distance runner whose knees had given out – so I dealt with the grief by taking long walks in nature with my Labrador Retriever. Sobbing and calling his name in the elements punctuated my walks, as if that could return him to me. It was a long year of desperation spiraling into the total abyss of anger.…
Blanche-What you are talking about is desire-just brutal Desire! The name of that rattle-trap streetcar that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another.
Stella-Haven’t you ever ridden on that streetcar?
Blanche-It brought me here. Where I’m not wanted and where I’m ashamed to be.
My husband and I recently saw “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. After experiencing this powerful play, I now know why Tennessee Williams is recognized as one the greatest 20th century playwrights. His profound insight into the human condition and incredibly complex characters will be stamped on my memory forever. The interweaving themes of addiction, violence, passion, beauty, desire, prejudice, delusions of grandeur, and a clinging to survival all stir at the human heart. It is life, raw and uncensored with characters so flawed and so real we all recognize ourselves in every one of them.…
In the first part of this series on non-duality, we explored how a dual mind is born, with the action of the ego and the formation and maintenance of an identity. In the second part we examined the deep seated desire that we all have for acceptance and love and how to practically apply the practice of non-duality in life. If you haven’t read them yet, now’s the time!
Non-dual awareness is what’s happening right now, before the mind separates and labels, before conception. Non-dual awareness is the raw moment to moment experience. It’s acceptance of what is, and surrendering into this deep acceptance. We all have non-dual awareness (samadhi) experiences, when we are totally immersed in the moment. We aren’t thinking of what’s happening, we’re simply experiencing.…
war•ri•or (ˈwɔr i ər, ˈwɔr yər, ˈwɒr i ər, ˈwɒr yər) n.
1. a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier.
2. a person who has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.
A warrior conjures up powerful images of confidence, integrity, chivalry, honor and integrity. Whatever your politics, warriors show courage to stand for a truth they believe greater than themselves and will defend it to their last breath if necessary. Their sense of duty to that truth outweighs any need for recognition or thanks – it’s just part of the job. All warriors have their battle stories with scars and injury to prove them. Where their souls have been wounded is usually closely guarded, told only in comradeship of other warriors.…
Put on your Ayurvedic glasses for a moment. You are made up of the same five elements that exist in the universe outside of you: Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. We all have different expressions and ratios of these five elements, which make up your constitution, or “dosha” in Sanskrit. But before you open another tab to find an online questionnaire to help you figure out whether you are primarily Vata (Ether/Air), Pitta (Fire/Water), or Kapha (Earth/Water), there are simple, more fundamental things you can do to balance your constitution without getting bogged down in the details.
To put it simply, if you harmonize your internal rhythms with nature as part of your morning ritual, you will feel better throughout the day. I’ve discovered that doing these five key things in the morning can make a huge difference regardless of your constitution.…
You now have a yoga studio to send your friends who say they “can’t do yoga.” Unfold studios welcomes and encourages everyone to practice yoga. Their studio includes meditation classes, support classes for people in chronic pain, individual yoga therapy and kids yoga programs.
They hope to bring in seasoned practitioners who want a community and also those who think they would never be able to “do yoga.” One studio owner, Rachel Plies, a native of Portland Oregon says, “we believe everyone can “do yoga,” because yoga doesn’t mean touching your toes, it also means connecting to yourself, connecting to others and learning how to care and love yourself. We love teaching people that everyone’s yoga practice can look different AND we can all be a part of this community.” This style of teaching is called Samarya Yoga and was created in Seattle, WA by Molly Lannon Kenny.…