• Consciousness,  Yoga Culture

    Vinyasa, sweat and consciousness.

    Last weekend I went to a yoga class in Edmonton with a lovely yoga friend.  I knew going in that this studio was known for its physically challenging, vinyasa flow style.  Eternally – and obviously morbidly – curious I decided to explore the class despite it being significantly different than my usual style of yoga.  I spread my mat out near a window overlooking a construction site that was surrounded by various tributaries of traffic and pedestrians.  The room was already hot from the sweaty class before ours and I thought opening the window may offer some much needed respite in the coming hour – I was right.  The studio was a spa-like masterpiece draped in all the most…

  • Ego,  Practice,  Yoga Culture

    Yoga: A workout?

    Say you’re given a magic key.  It’s like one of those beautiful old, over-sized keys made of iron that were used for cathedrals and 300 year old Tuscan villas.  This key is magic in that it can open a door to ecstasy.  It can open a door to wholeness in mind, heart, body and spirit.  Imagine you’ve got this magnificent key but instead of using it to open these doors to freedom you start using it to open bottles with it, or pick your teeth, or to barbeque shish kabobs on.  Pretty soon this magic key starts to become another mundane fixture in your house.  It gathers dusts and is stuck on a…