Once upon a time, there was a great Sage named Vyasa who decided to write down the history of the world. Ganesha (the elephant-headed god- that’s another story)- agreed to be his scribe. However in the middle of writing down the greatest epic in the history of mankind (The Mahabharata is eight times as long as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey together), his pen understandably ran out of ink. Being resourceful, Ganesha broke his own tusk and used it as a writing implement to finish the story. Right away we have three of the greatest lessons that yoga teaches us.Read More
Who do you want to BE in 2018?
You may already have a long list of things to do or ways you think you should improve yourself in the new year. Or you will once you get through the holidays!
Yogis’ lists often look like this (especially after rich holiday food, over-spending and under-sleeping….). Things like- drink green juice daily! Cut out sugar! Go to yoga 5 times a week! Read more books! Pay off credit card after the holidays! While plans and resolutions, goals and aspirations small and large like these are wonderful …Read More
One of the great victories of 2017 and very close to my heart, is the power of the #metoo movement. We are in the midst of a sea change where women's stories of harrassment and assault are finally being believed and serious consequences to the perpetrators are piling up. Yet this movement began with African-American women who pioneered the fight against sexual harassment, engaging in landmark legal battle...Read More
Imagine if the first thing you heard or saw when you turned on the news or looked at your newsfeed every day were beautiful and heartfelt stories. You'd feel uplifted, right? And if the painful - and often these days horrifying and traumatic - news followed we might have more room inside to breathe into what those stories brought up for us and digest them. Instead most of us are overloading our nervous systems daily with the traumas and trials of the world, without having a sufficient way to unwind, process, or transform what we hear and feel into something positive...Read More
Ten years ago, my wife Pamela was a student at Smith College, in their program for non-traditionally aged students. I was a 59 year old man, a self employed career coach, as I still am. Pamela asked me one day if I would like to attend an on-campus yoga class. I said yes, without knowing why as I look back on it. The class was taught, as I recall, by the wonderful Amy Reed, who was also a Smith student. There I was, the only male in a room full of women with great flexibility...Read More
It was a dark period of my life. My 86 year old dad was dying after a long, slow descent into dementia. My 85 year old mom had passed away a year and a half before. Our house, in which they had lived with us for ten years, was filled from basement to attic with my dad’s gargantuan collection of accumulated belongings; his legacy of life as a unrestrained pack rat. My husband and I were exhausted from the challenges of the endings of my parents’ lives...Read More
This has been a tough week. There have been many tears shed in some of our classes along with a beautiful coming together to offer support and connection to one another. I can’t think of a better way to be with our collective pain and fear than to practice together, be fully embodied, be authentic, and inspire one another to be courageous and strong...Read More
Have you ever heard how Yoga Sanctuary came to be?
There were many twists and turns, like any good story. And there were many struggles, such as accompany and often inspire any worthy dream.Read More