4 Myths About Meditation Practice That Are Keeping You Stressed

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Health, Meditation, Yoga | No Comments
4 Myths About Meditation Practice That Are Keeping You Stressed

Meditation practice has many benefits, including better focus and stress reduction. But myths about meditation keep many people from trying this practice.

6 Alternatives to Downward-Facing Dog

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Yoga | One Comment
6 Alternatives to Downward-Facing Dog

Downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is one of those yoga poses that you either love or hate. But it’s also hard to avoid this pose, especially if you are in a group yoga class. But just because you struggle with downward-facing dog or find it hard on your back, shoulders, hands, or wrists, it doesn’t […]

Transform Your Yoga Practice With Movement

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Fitness, Health, Yoga | No Comments
Transform Your Yoga Practice With Movement

If you practice vinyasa or flow yoga, you’re probably used to lots of movement between poses. This, of course, builds heat and gives your yoga practice that flowing, dance-like feel. There are times, though, when too much moving is not good for you — such as when you are trying to meditate. But incorporating more […]

Slowing Down My Life, One Moment at a Time

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Health, Meditation, Writing, Yoga | No Comments
Slowing Down My Life, One Moment at a Time

This has been a week of Slowing Down. One moment at a time. And now that Saturday is almost here, it’s a chance to step back from the fast-paced world of technology — iPhones, non-stop Facebook videos, and distracted one-line messages to friends. But it’s not just the online world that has been dragging me […]

Moving Into Meditation — By Not Moving

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Meditation, Yoga | No Comments
Moving Into Meditation — By Not Moving

Meditation has never been fun. In his first sermon at the Deer Park, I doubt the Buddha said to his disciples, “You should stop by BuddhaWorks on Friday night. We’ll be sitting around until our butts go numb and we come face-to-face with our annoying monkey minds. And by the way, there will be a […]

Yoga Teachers: Shut Up and Let Yoga Happen

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Yoga | 7 Comments
Yoga Teachers: Shut Up and Let Yoga Happen

I’m always amazed by how much yoga teachers talk during their yoga classes. Sometimes it feels like I’m attending a lecture on life, the universe, and everything. Not a class where the goal is to quiet down the mind (or the “mind-stuff” as it’s called in the Yoga Sutras). As you sweat your way through […]

The Karma of Our Brains

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Science, Yoga | No Comments
The Karma of Our Brains

Buddhism has embraced the concept of karma for thousands of years, but neuroscience is quickly catching up as it unravels the mechanisms that determine how our brains are shaped by our thoughts and actions. Central to the Buddhist form of karma is the understanding that our own suffering — or dukkha — results from the […]

Stretching at the Edge—Is Hot Yoga Safe?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Fitness, Yoga | No Comments
Stretching at the Edge—Is Hot Yoga Safe?

Ready to sweat it out in the yoga room? A new study examines the safety of hot yoga, and finds that doing yoga in a heated environment may not be that much different from less extreme styles.

Diversity in Yoga — Learning About Community from Buddhists

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Yoga | No Comments
Diversity in Yoga — Learning About Community from Buddhists

Buddhists can offer much insight on the lack of diversity in yoga. Western Buddhist centers have struggled with many of the same issues that yoga now faces.

Diversity in Yoga — Reaching Out to the Community

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Yoga | No Comments
Diversity in Yoga — Reaching Out to the Community

With a lack of diversity in yoga, some teachers and nonprofit groups reach out to underserved populations in the community. Can this increase diversity?