• Inner Work,  Inspiration,  spirituality,  Yoga Culture

    Silence, Vigil and the Connecticut Shootings.

    I wanted to write a post on the Connecticut shootings that reflected some critical thought about the tragedy.  I wanted to respond to some of the reactions and opinions that are spilling out all over social media.  I had wondered what it might look like to offer a spiritual perspective on the shootings, and the abhorrent treatment of virtual reality headset children all over the planet.  I sensed a tirade attempting to make its way in to print that for a few moments felt like my most important offering  to this world of heartbreak.  That tirade has swelled in me a few times over the last few days, and yet…

  • Inspiration,  Practice,  spirituality

    Yoga to Nourish and Protect

    Thich Nhat Hanh I take my daughter for a walk every morning.  Sometimes I listen to audiobooks on my IPod in one ear while I walk.  Recently I have been listening to Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness and Psychotherapy which is actually a recording of lectures this Buddhist monk gave years back to a group of psychotherapists.  At one point he was talking about the anger he felt during the Vietnam war when a village he had helped rebuild four times was bombed again.  He said he wrote a poem about his experience.  I became immediately more engaged as some part of me figured that monk’s never actually feel anger – I was eager…

  • Inner Work,  Yoga in the Everyday

    Yoga’s Not a Bandaid.

    Every once in a while I get sick of trying to make myself feel better with yoga.  Yesterday was such a day. After a small argument with my husband I prepared to enter the haven of my practice and I couldn’t.  Every time I approached my mat a well of anger rose up in me.  I could have simply trudged through the thick wall of irritation that paralyzed my movements, as some approaches to yoga advise.  Instead I fell onto my bed, face stuffed cock-eyed into a pillow and stared blankly into the mess of my ensuite bathroom.  Blink.  “What the hell’s going on?”  Blink.  “I only have an hour until Rowan wakes…