It Has to Be

"When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of.  This is pratipaksha bhavana." -   Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 2.33,  J. Carrera In 2008, my dad was laid off.  He was just another victim of the economic crunch that year.  His company, involved in cotton trade, laid off a lot of the "old … Continue reading It Has to Be

What a Yoga Practice Looks Like

"To be a miner of diamonds, take care of your picks and shovels.  To be a miner of your spiritual Self, take care of your body, breath, and mind.  But don't confuse the tools and the goals."   -Swami Jnaneshvara This is the second part of my yoga social media experiment that I talked about last … Continue reading What a Yoga Practice Looks Like

The Places You Speak From

I had a dream last night that I lost my Southern accent, and no one could understand what I was saying.  My students stared at me puzzled as if they couldn't comprehend one word that left my lips.  While I don't necessarily think dreams have definite meaning or contain predictions, I can't help but notice … Continue reading The Places You Speak From

Get off my Limb: Why Asana-only yoga is still yoga.

In my early twenties, I ordered the popular DVD workout series, "Yoga Booty Ballet" out of desperation to get a slammin' hot yoga bod.  My only exposure to yoga before this was another exercise DVD, but the Yoga Booty Ballet late night infomercial viewed after a evening of binge drinking had me convinced that I needed this in my … Continue reading Get off my Limb: Why Asana-only yoga is still yoga.

With Enthusiasm

"Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break, and with enthusiasm." --Inside the Yoga Sutras (1.14), Carrera Recently, I've recommitted myself to my practice and all aspects of it.  I'm not just doing the physical practice five to six times a week, but practicing pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation too.  Getting on … Continue reading With Enthusiasm