Yamas

OK, this is going to really date me. I was at the first Earth day. Growing up on a farm we were always recycling but didn’t call it that.We threw out table scraps into the orchard for compost, burned our paper in the burning barrel. There wasn’t any plastic back then. Milk came in glass ...

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What is Stress?

Our days are filled to the last waking hours with things from the never-ending to-do list. We lie awake at night, unable to sleep thinking of what we didn’t get done or just thinking of one thing after another. We hear about the negative effects of STRESS. But what is STRESS? Simply, it is a response ...

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Falling Leaves

This time of year I notice my senses come alive. The crisp, fresh smell of the air, the soft light that the sun casts and the beauty of the trees as they begin to turn color and release their leaves. The world seems a little quieter and less harsh than the summer. With the season’s dramatic ...

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Shared Dharma

Throughout our lives we find ourselves with different roles and responsibilities. Dharma, a Sanskrit word with many meanings often refers to these roles and the duties they involve. Our first dharma is to maintain our own health and well-being and to care for our families. Lately I’ve been reflecting on another dharma we all share, ...

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Kindness in Action

A couple of weeks ago I came across a news story that deeply inspired me. Apparently, a two year old child was running down the street headed straight for a busy intersection. The mom and dad were nowhere in sight. A car pulls over and a man jumps out and runs in front of the ...

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Spring Challenge

When I think of spring I think of taking time to reflect on things I could do in my own life to improve my health and environment. This year my friend Robert and his wife Eleni are my inspiration. A few weeks ago they embarked on a mission to clean up their diet. Robert is Italian ...

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A Calmer Place

I just came back from a three week vacation. My friend Julie asked me to go to Paris with her. I can’t remember the last time I was gone for three weeks that wasn’t Yoga or work related. Maybe 1996. Before I left a friend gave me this blessing. “Let every moment you will spend there be ...

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Unexpected Wisdom

At my grandson’s graduation his friend shared some unexpected wisdom for a 14 year old: “Now that I am graduating, I have been thinking a lot about the future and what comes next. When writing this speech, I received some inspiration from an unusual source. Not from a song, a book, or a quote, but from my ...

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The Problem of Change

Parinama Dukha: The Problem of Change This winter we decided to remodel our kitchen. For someone who loves cooking as much as I do, this seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately, the promise of more efficient appliances, new cabinets and shinier surfaces blinded me to the disorder and discomfort that would ensue.  This promised three-week ...

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Birthday Blessing

Happy 16th Birthday SoundYoga! Yoga has stood the test of time for over 5000 years. The only way most great things can survive and flourish is by one generation sharing them with the next. Yoga teaches that by carefully choosing to focus our attention on an appropriate object, we can naturally improve the quality of our lives.  ...

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