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