Many people on the spiritual path have a complicated relationship with desire. Because of something we heard or read somewhere we see desire as part of the “problem,” an obstacle on the path. We harshly criticize ourselves for having desires, forgetting that we exist because of desire, that everything exists because of desire—the desire of Consciousness to dance, to play, to experience every possible way of being. Perhaps we deny our most ”basic” desires, or judge ourselves for succumbing to them. On top of all that, for those on the spiritual path, there is the added burden of worrying that we’re attached to our desire to expand, to transcend, to reach some kind of enlightened state. And we may very well be. It can get quite complicated.Read More
This blog has been quiet for almost a year. Over the past year I was in India living and teaching at Sattva Yoga Academy. When I returned from India in February, I decided to leave New York City and move back to San Francisco, where my yoga journey began. I thought I’d share a few reasons for that move and preview my plans for teaching yoga in San Francisco.Read More
If you’ve delved deeply enough into yoga you have probably come across the Sanskrit word ‘kriya.’ Perhaps you’ve even practiced some kriyas in a Yogi Bhajan Kundalini Yoga class, or you’ve seen seated yogis in the park with their arms in the air doing some kind of strange breathing technique but didn’t know what it was. In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify kriya a bit.Read More
In this video I riff on and explore one way to answer the question: What is yoga? It's so much more than a series of poses. It's an attitude, a way of approaching your daily activities in a state of non-attachment in order to experience greater states of awareness and bliss.Read More
I think New York City is ready for a more integrated, holistic style of yoga. The emergence of mindful, progressive community event spaces like The Assemblage, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, and Maha Rose show that New Yorkers are embracing their mystical, spiritual side more than ever. These new community spaces are more willing to experiment with innovative styles of yoga.
This is why I’m excited to teach Sattva Yoga in New York.Read More
Here is the first in a series of videos I'll be posting about yoga. In this one, I use a recent Quartz article about a study that shows that yoga can "boost your ego" as a jumping off point to discuss the yogic view on mind and ego, and elaborate a bit on the purpose of yoga in relation to mind and ego.Read More
There’s a lot of interest in yoga these days. But also a lot of confusion about what it is. A majority of Westerners think that it’s choreographed stretching in special clothes, and sometimes the state of relaxation that results from all that stretching. That’s what I thought it was when I started fourteen years ago. But, this postural yoga that has become synonymous with yoga in the West is just a tiny portion of yoga, and is actually a fairly recent development (primarily developed in the last hundred years or so).
So what is yoga?Read More