Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fears - Parker J. Palmer

Definition and Purpose of Meditation - Chopra

Monday, August 19, 2013

Be serene in the oneness of things
and erroneous views
will disappear by themselves.
~ Seng-Ts'an

Saturday, August 17, 2013

your life is your life - Charles Bukowski

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Ultimate Goal of Hatha

"The ultimate goal of hatha is to garner the scattered instinctive energies of life and harness them for the inward journey." 

~ excerpted from the Himalayan Institute's Yoga Teacher Training Manual

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Quote from Rodney Yee's and Nina Zolotow's *Yoga: The Poetry of the Body*

Falling. Falling is what is always happening.  To hold a yoga pose is not possible; it's a sensuous dance, moment by moment. And rigidity is simply the illusion that we can create a world in which we're not falling.

Can you mindfully practice falling? Falling away from your habits, falling out of your habits? Can you play with center?  Question center? Use falling as a way to question what you think of as center?

Centering. Center is not a place but a dialogue.  Your dialogue with the floor and sometimes with the wall.  The dialogue between your mind and your body.  A playful dialogue.  A relaxed dialogue.  A curious dialogue.

Can you observe and respond?  Pose and repose? Can you be in the pose instead of doing the pose?  Can you let yourself shimmer in the center?

Balance. Balance is your ability to fall and then retrieve yourself.  As you fall out of center and then into it and then out of it - again and again - you may begin to lose your old sense of orientation.  And to feel fear.  Fear of what? Of change? Of not knowing? Of losing control?

Yoga: The Poetry of the Body
by Rodney Yee and Nina Zolotow

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Showing Up - Meditation Journal Summary

I had to complete a meditation journal summary as part of the requirements for the yoga teacher training certification program I did through the Himalayan Institute this year.  I had fun with it, and decided to record an audio version of it.