Memory & Staying on the Path

Memory & Staying on the Path

I just got back from 4 days in the backcountry of Ojai, California in the Sespe Wilderness. It was the first time I ever backpacked without the backup of someone with more experience than me. A dear friend and I went alone and it was hard and amazing. We hiked almost...
In the Service of Prāṇa

In the Service of Prāṇa

The Flow of Prāṇa Prāṇa flows through channels called the nadīs. Nadī translates to river. This gives us some insight into the qualities of Prāṇa, since that which flows in the river is…water. So, from an Āyurvedic perspective, it is the guṇas (qualities) of water...
When the Door Becomes the Wall

When the Door Becomes the Wall

The Door Becomes a Wall One of the topics we covered was how so often what brings us to the practice becomes an obstruction if we never observe and adapt it. So often, those of us who came to yoga through āsana find we need to layer meaning on top of the practice once...
Can You Trust Your Memory?

Can You Trust Your Memory?

I just spent 3 Days & almost 40 miles in the Sespe Wilderness. Here are a few things I gleened : I learned in the most fully embodied way that the only Time that matters is the one that aligns with the Sun. 7am is the best time to be on the trail. 4pm at the end...
A Healthy Ego

A Healthy Ego

Ahamkara – Identity When we look at the Samkhya Darśana (Philosophy), we see that Ahamkara, aka the ego, develops right after Buddhi, who is the Director of Discernment. In the Yoga Darśans, we are working to clarify our actions so that we experience our inner...
Signs of Change

Signs of Change

Remember last week? How I mentioned that it was so intense? It is not better, yet. It took me until Saturday to begin to process the stress that had mounted during all the preceding time. It’s quicker than it used to be for me. I used to force myself to martyr...
Dharma in the Drama

Dharma in the Drama

Swept Up by the Circus Clowning Performance Chicago 2007 When I was in college, I was truly considering getting swept up in the actual circus. Unfortunately, my fear of heights combined with my inability to keep pointed toes while engaging in super muscular feats...
Kapha Doṣa, How We Adore Thee

Kapha Doṣa, How We Adore Thee

According to the AH.Su.11.3, Kapha is made of the combinations of Earth (Pṛthivi) and Water (Jala). Its presence confers stability, lubrication, compactness (firmness) of the joints, forbearance (capacity to withstand strain – physically and emotionally). Kapha...
Pitta Doṣa, Who Are You?

Pitta Doṣa, Who Are You?

Pitta Doṣa is described as a Pathogenic Factor made of the guṇas : oily, hot, sharp, liquid, and fluid. It is also known to be pungent and sour. (Ca.Su.1.58) It is balanced by guṇas which are opposite to those just described like cold, soft, and dry as well as the...
Vāta. All Hail the King.

Vāta. All Hail the King.

Ok, so we grappled a bit with Doṣa as a whole, so now let us look at each one individually to better understand its function and how to engage with it. We’ll begin with Vāta because it is often called the King of Disease as well as Yama Raja – the King of...