• Ego,  Inner Work,  Intelligence,  spirituality

    A New Resolve About Resolutions

    Let me tell you about a resolution I once made.  I was living in Calgary after graduating from my undergrad and was working at a natural food store.  I hadn’t had much experience with holistic living at that point and was mesmerized by the alternative lifestyles of my coworkers.  At one point, with characteristic immoderation, I agreed to go on a raw foods cleanse with a friend I’d been spending a lot of time with.  So, cold turkey, I resolved to eat only raw, organic food in accordance with what was touted to be “the healthiest possible diet”.  Such a move would surely secure me a spot in hippy heaven. …

  • Embodiment,  Practice,  Yoga in the Everyday

    Embodying the Philosophy of Yoga

    This is truly my favorite topic of yoga.  With the extensive wisdom that is available to us from yoga and other traditions around the world how do we go about not just knowing this wisdom intellectually but living it?  What I love about yoga the very most is that it is not about thinking, or figuring something out but being in the world.  On the mat, wisdom that is known in the mind can be enacted in the body.  My challenge to the yoga world, practitioners and teachers alike, is to ask ourselves what it means not just to pay lip service to concepts like compassion, balance, flow or grounding but to find ways to…

  • 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…