Have you observed the nature of your mind?

When we sit to meditate and observe the reality of ourselves within ourselves, there are certain perspectives that can come to us. I’d like to share one such observation that came to me as I sat and started the exercise of observing my mind, within my mind; observing...

Tradition versus Authenticity

There is a place for tradition. There is a place for authenticity. On one side, there is tradition. On the other, there is authenticity. During several moments in our lives, they form relatively opposite poles within the framework of our minds and cause confusion in...

Does the Soul exist? Do you know!

Is there a Soul? Is there a God? Is there something eternal, unchanging and resilient to the vicissitudes of the body and mind? Is everything subject to the law of impermanence? This is something that bothered me every now and then until I found an answer that helped...

Information and Experiential Knowledge

Yoga is defined in the classical text of Patanjali as the “cessation of the turnings of thought”. One of the building blocks to reduce the number of spins on your thoughts is to ascertain the difference between the information that you have gathered and the knowledge...

Have you felt your presence?

Yesterday, I struggled to find the right words as I was talking in my class about the importance of gratitude in our lives. While I tried to give examples and stories, I came away feeling I could not transfer the essence of my experience to participants. Words escaped...

Pratyahara and the need to respond

Everything we do is a ‘response’. To be even more precise, I can say that everything we think, say or do is a ‘response’. When I think I want to teach yoga, it is a response to my question to myself about what I want to do. When I ask people to align and focus...

Ahara (food – intake through senses)

Choosing an optimal intake of food is key to developing and sustaining your lifestyle. Ahara literally means nutriment or food. In the context of yoga, all senses accept and consume food. Our eyes see the world, our ears hear the world and so on. Ahara is everything...

Self-practice (Abhyasa)

Abhyasa, or practice, is an essential component of all progress in life; even more essential for spiritual sciences. Yoga is a journey of understanding your nature, of exploring yourself, of understanding your pains – their origin, extent and ways to overcome them –...

Trust that learning is a continuous process

Irrespective of how much you can bend, twist, turn, jump, the things that really matter is that you are learning and enjoying the process. There have been innumerable times when I have tried a pose, sometimes for 45 mins, and given up only to find that my body just...

Love your body and hug it all the way to the pose

The more you observe and attend to your body’s calling while you practice, the greater the chances of your body responding to your call to move and bend. You will encounter times where you will feel your body just cannot do a certain pose. It is at these times that...