Archive for January, 2011

Brahmacharya ….means what?

Published on January 27, 2011

If you Google this word, you are likely to find it’s traditional meaning. As with all of yoga, applying this ancient yama to our 21st century life requires some consideration. Celibacy as a way of life in our times is not viewed in the same manner as it was long ago. Certainly yoga is not […]

Yoga, January 24, 2011

Published on January 22, 2011

Just a reminder that there will be a Monday nite class this week, January 24 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Hope to see you there!

What does Asteya, non-stealing, have to do with yoga?

Published on January 18, 2011

The next yama is non-stealing, asteya. What does this have to do with our practice on the mat? To understand this, let’s think of some of the reasons people steal. Grant it, there are many, but one attitude that we may have is that there “isn’t enough to go around”. And taking it one step […]

Satya: Being true to ourself

Published on January 13, 2011

The yama satya is about truth or non-lying. We bring this to the mat by truthfulness in our feelings, thoughts, words and actions. In our life on and off the mat, this can be a challenge. When we attempt a pose that our body is not yet ready for, possibly causing ourself physical injury (ahimsa), […]

Bring Ahimsa to the mat

Published on January 4, 2011

Last post I touched on the yama ahimsa, non-harming. The yamas and niyamas are part of the yogic eightfold path that help us to live an ethical and spiritual life. Yamas are the restraints we intentionally place on our behavior, while the niyamas relate to our purposeful actions. I wanted to say a little about […]

Welcome 2011!

Published on January 1, 2011

I begin the new year working on my sankalpa. While I haven’t quite formulated it yet, I have made a good start at evaluating my dharma. For several years, I have been working on ahimsa, the yogic philosophy of non-harming. It is the first of the yamas and a very tall order. One year of […]