We are Stardust! (Healing the Individual)

Our bodies are incredible. Each holds our individual story of who we are. Modern Western Medicine has only barely begun to tap this concept. Science is only now discovering a link between the brain and our immune and lymphatic system. (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/important-link-between-the-brain-and-immune-system-found/) For all of our modern science and technology there is so little we don't understand about the body and how it deals with trauma - mental, physical and emotional. We are still learning how the sympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system and stress affect our physical body's healing process. Yet, Eastern medicine understands that the physical body

Asteya: "Non-stealing"

Today we examine the 3rd Yama in yoga philosophy: Asteya or "Non-stealing". On the surface, this one may sound simple. The 10-Commandments from the Bible include: "Thou shall not steal" and also "Thall shall not covet thy neighbor's house, wife, or anything that belongs to thy neighbor". But Asteya means much more than that - To explore this yama, we need to look at the root cause of stealing. Gandhi expanded on the concept of asteya in his 11 vows, stating that ‘mankind’s greed and craving for artificial needs are also stealing’. Physical poverty might cause one to steal, but spiritual poverty, greed, desire, and the feeling we are lacking something can also cause us to "steal" or to simp

Animals: Our Sacred Connection

This week's blog post was inspired by a series of synchronistic events that happened last week. First of all, one of my yoga students asked me why so many yoga poses were named after animals....We discussed how some poses mimic the actions of animals like Cobra or Cat pose, Down Dog, etc....Then I read an article about animal "asanas" on Eckhart Yoga by Olav Aarts... Olav writes, "...This boundary between the civilised and the untamed is also paralleled by the division of the sacred and the worldly. The hatha yogi tries to oscillate between these two energies. He allows himself the freedom to move between the two. By taking a position between these two worlds he thereby functions as a messen

Satya: "Truthfulness"

Today we explore the 2nd Yama of the Yoga Sutras: Satya or "Truthfulness". "Sat" in Sanskrit means more than Truth; it also means "Purity", "True Essence", "Unchanging" - beyond distortion. This is a powerful one. When we look around us at the words that fly around social media, the news, television, political debates....It seems we could all use some practice with Satya! Satya means much more than just speaking truthfully but also acting and living truthfully. When you think about it, it's easy to see how this also relates back to the first Yama: Ahimsa. When we are being truthful, we are "not harming" others or ourselves. "In order to practice truthfulness, we must first develop the

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