• Yoga in the Everyday

    Adjusting Your Sails

    For the longest time I have been searching for the right way to parent.  In regard to any issue  – whether that’s nutrition, potty training or cultivating pro-social behaviors.  I often feel anxious about finding the “right” course of action and being consistent with it.  I’m learning that this is a bit of a farce.  To assume that such clarity is possible is to try to place the enormous, dynamic movement of life into a box the size of my hand.  Every day I am different, my daughter is different, the influences of the world and universe around us are changing.  The question is not “can I find the ‘key’…

  • Consciousness,  Ego,  Non-duality,  Practice

    The Play of Forces

    I’m obviously into forces these days.  My second last post talked about the importance of recognizing that our own personal will is but one of innumerable forces acting on our lives at any moment.  This post is about learning to cooperate with and see ourselves as a dynamic play of forces in yoga practice.  Through this, we come to know ourselves as something other than the rigid, crystallized entity we call our ego. The first force we must cooperate with is the grounding force – we must root before we can sprout.  This means yielding.  We must learn to yield our body weight into the points of contac we have with the…

  • Ego,  Intelligence,  spirituality,  Yoga in the Everyday

    The Forces of A Greater Will

    An osteopath friend told me a few months ago that my daughter tends to hinge at her hips and neck when she moves rather than moving her spine.  This comes as not surprise given that I have a rigid spine compared to the hyper mobile joints at my hips and shoulders.  Wanting to create balance in her body, I’ve been campaigning somewhat to get her to move from her spine more – “Look Rowan!  Can you roll like a ball?  Can you wiggle side to side like mama?”  I’ve seen some change in her ability to round her back more fully into flexion, but generally it’s not been significant. As…

  • Inner Work,  Inspiration,  Practice

    Yoga and Emotion

    Sometimes I love to revel in how immensely practical yoga and spirituality can be.  As a very sentimental person I find myself in the throes of wild emotional forces within me daily.  For many years I had minimal ability to make space for this inner wilderness.  Instead, I would find myself angry, depressed or anxious, yet I knew intuitively there was another way to allow the forces to move in me without being towed under by them.  This way has slowed shown itself to me over time through my practices and most especially yoga. Yoga calls us to be completely present amidst awkward and difficult sensations.  We are asked to stay with the inner…