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Posts made in December, 2009

Pranayama: Cultivating Life Force

Posted by on Dec 4, 2009 in Pranayama, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pranayama: Cultivating Life Force
In most of Western society today, we have forgotten how to breathe.  We have been conditioned to take short, gasp-like breaths to fill the lungs only moderately, if at all. It is thought that 9 out of 10 adults in the West practice shallow breathing. I often call this the “panic breath”, and I try to teach my students to change their breathing to a pranic breath. Yogis spend a lot of time and atten Read More

Focusing the Mind & the History of Meditation

Posted by on Dec 3, 2009 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Focusing the Mind & the History of Meditation
It seems that our reality is getting more and more subjective. We once lived in a Newtonian world: objects in motion tended to stay in motion, force and mass where determiners of most of the properties of the objects in our presence.  We were relegated to a purely mechanical world. Then came the ideas of Einstein and Bose. Noted physicist Jayant Narlikar stated, S.N. Bose’s work on particle statistics (c.1 Read More

‘Tis the Season to Give What You Don’t Need – Seva

Posted by on Dec 2, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

‘Tis the Season to Give What You Don’t Need – Seva
A great part of my own personal practice is Karma yoga.  It is the philosophy of yoga as selfless service. You may have also heard it referred to as Buddhi Yoga, and in Sanskrit: कर्म योग). Many famous yogis such as Shiva Rea, Julia Butterfly Hill and Sri Sadasiva Brahma speak of this important pillar of yoga. In the yogic tradition one aims to focus on the duty (dharma) with no expectation for re Read More

The Significance of 108

Posted by on Dec 1, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Significance of 108
The number 108 pops up in yogic discourse, in mantra repetition, as the magical number of sun salutations to complete and in spiritual verse often enough that you may have started to wonder about its significance. To begin, 108 is a semi perfect number. It is hyper factorial of three for those of you well acquainted with higher mathematics. In laymen’s terms, 108 is divisible by three. It is also what is cal Read More

Yoga & The Butterfly

Posted by on Dec 1, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yoga & The Butterfly
The study of yoga is synonymous with growth. I can think of no other animal that grows as much as a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. A caterpillar grows to about 27,000 times the size it was when it first emerged from its egg. If a human baby weighed 9 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as a caterpillar, it would weigh 243,000 pounds when fully grown. If we were to even try to compare our own spiritua Read More