Annoying yoga language and how to make it stop

Comments Off on Annoying yoga language and how to make it stop Written on April 2nd, 2012 by
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A friend was at yoga lying in savasana, settling in for a long winter’s nap when out of the silence there arose such a clatter. The teacher began to speak, “Remember, there is movement in your stillness.” He was praying that was the end of it, but oh no,  “And there is stillness in your movement.” Naturally, that unnecessary follow-up made him very tense. The kind of tension that arises from wanting very badly to slap someone and knowing you can’t. Why do we yoga teachers feel the need to drop these meaningless turds of wisdom on people? Continue Reading »

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Selling Abundance and other Yogic Contradictions

Comments Off on Selling Abundance and other Yogic Contradictions Written on March 20th, 2012 by
Categories: General

I was smelling around for a new blog topic and what should come through the mail? The Omega Institute’s catalogue, the perfect fodder. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, The Omega Institute is a new age retreat center that offers yoga intensives and teacher trainings in addition to other new agey classes. A lot of truly great teachers have taught there, but the catalogue causes me to sigh audibly.

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Why I don’t believe in Gods, Heroes or Gurus

Comments Off on Why I don’t believe in Gods, Heroes or Gurus Written on February 29th, 2012 by
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I could never get into gurus. Every charismatic guy who can grow a beard and change his name can set himself up to be a guru. There are a few women doing it too (although the beard growing is not going so well for them). Now with Facebook and Twitter, it’s easy to keep your flock abreast of your every fart from anywhere on the planet. However, when leaders become gods and followers become worshipers, it doesn’t usually end well.

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Learning How to Straddle… In your mind and other yogic nonsense

Comments Off on Learning How to Straddle… In your mind and other yogic nonsense Written on February 15th, 2012 by
Categories: General, Mysticism and science

I have spent much of my life sitting on a fence. Not literally, because that would be stupid and painful, but as a scientific mystic or mystical scientist, if you prefer. I embrace my ambivalence, sorting out diplomatic relations, as the two sides of my brain vie for power. For example, if someone starts talking about auras and crystals, the Scientist gets all snarky and I have to physically restrain my eyeballs from rolling (try it some time, they’re really slippery).  I inevitably end up blurting out something along the lines of, “Excuse me, what is the data on magical stones and depression?”  And because rolling your eyes at someone else isn’t very nice and something yoga instructors are not supposed to do, I then feel like a jerk.

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The Wrecking Ball of Yoga

Comments Off on The Wrecking Ball of Yoga Written on January 18th, 2012 by
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If you take yoga at all or read the NY Times, it would be hard not to trip over the article “How Yoga Can Wreck your Body”. The response of the yoga community worldwide has been intense including death threats to Glenn Black, the teacher quoted in the article. Were they going to try to kill him by bashing him over the head with a sticky mat? Eww. I digress. Really, we need more of this type of discussion in the yoga community (about injuries, folks, not about how to best kill yogis we disagree with).

To quote the article. “Black has come to believe that ‘the vast majority of people’ should give up yoga altogether. It’s simply too likely to cause harm.” I totally agree and disagree with the statement. Way to take a stand.. like a typical yogi. Let me explain before I fall hopelessly into a stereotype.

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