Yoga does not constitute a religious practice as it is taught in the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD), ruled California Judge John Meyer. Although Judge Meyer acknowledged yoga’s roots as… Read More→
Can embodiment be liberated from its strong cultural and historical associations with bondage, and honored as sacred unto itself? Most yogic lineages—as well as western philosophies—view life, embodiment, and the… Read More→
When most people think of the body, “divine” isn’t the first term to come to mind. Most major philosophies and religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and classical yoga, view embodiment as… Read More→
Does listening to your body facilitate addictive behaviors? Blogging last week in Part 1, we disputed yoga instructor Maya Georg’s contention to this effect. Some research actually suggests the body,… Read More→
Yoga in yet another treasured American institution, the military, has recently spurred frustration among evangelicals. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, expresses that “the military seems intent on… Read More→
The controversy over a yoga program offered in Encinitas, CA public elementary schools continued to escalate in a board meeting last month. About sixty offended parents argue the classes look… Read More→
Do you experience “negative, unwanted thoughts” that may hinder your New Year’s resolutions? A new study in the journal, Psychological Science, suggests that writing down such thoughts, and subsequently discarding… Read More→
Mindfulness in schools: It’s the latest buzz, prompted in part by rapidly-proliferating programs such as Goldie Hawn’s MindUP. In the wake of recent publicity, a blog by Vancouver schoolteacher Tina… Read More→
Can meditation help your brain process emotions even when you’re not meditating? Contemplative philosophies would posit “yes”; practice is undertaken in preparation for life, such that a more mindful orientation… Read More→
As discussed in Part One, despite traditional yoga’s humble origins, transnational yoga culture often appeals to the comparatively affluent. In perspective, yoga is not alone in its lagged adoption among… Read More→
To get the most out of our site, we suggest you take some time to explore before jumping into the practice. Browse our yoga 101 section for general info on the history and types of yoga, then start exploring asanas the physical postures used in hatha yoga. Remember to breathe and always start your yoga practice with a brief meditation. If you are new to yoga, please read our Yoga for Beginner's page
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved, but hope for the patience to win my freedom.