• Ego,  Practice,  spirituality

    Your Yoga May Not Always Be Yoga

    Yoga guilt.  We’ve all been there.  That icky feeling of not quite measuring up because it’s been 3 days since your last practice.  The little despot in your head starts throwing insults about how you’re obviously not serious about yoga, not meant to practice or teach it and generally just an all around slob.  Maybe it’s just me whose hefty inner critic has heckled me in this way – but I doubt it.  Those days are mostly past me now and instead of guilt after missing a practice or two I just feel a genuine longing to be back on my mat.  This changed for me when I realized that “disciplining” myself into…

  • Ego,  Embodiment,  Practice

    Be More Than The Stretch

        Stretching can be the home of the ego. In any asana the sensation of stretch has the ability to usurp the legitimate expression of all other sensations. The stretch becomes the dominant force, the loudest experience. Stretching the muscles makes us feel like we’re doing something, achieving something. It can become the embodiment of the “no pain, no gain” attitude that permeates our culture. Without awareness it can become habit to know an asana in terms of stretch to the negation of all other sensation. It starts to feel like we are not doing yoga without the stretch. What would it be like to experience asana from other perspectives? Take…

  • Inner Work,  spirituality

    A Reflection on Perfection.

    The following post is an article that I wrote for the Spring issue of the Yoga Bridge, the Yoga Association of Alberta’sNewsletter.   Perfection and Yoga: a ReflectionBy Pam Moskie Georg Feuerstein comments that yoga is a “vast body of doctrines and practices geared toward self-realization by means of perfecting the body.” As a recovering perfectionist, his use of the word perfecting got me thinking. Is self-realization a product of perfection? And if so, what does it mean to perfect the body? Whose standard of perfection is to be used? My Random House dictionary defines perfect as “having all the desired qualities or having no flaws or defects.” Yet, what is…