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...