by elephantjournal.com on May 11, 2013
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 13, 2013
That’s why it’s called “The End.” But sometimes, paradoxically, we find the end in the middle.
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 7, 2013
Source: Uploaded by user via Krissy on Pinterest Sebastian Pucelle and Muriel Burellier interview Yin yoga teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley on the origins of Yin yoga, teacher training, yogic wisdom, and life in general. Sebastian Pucelle: Hello Paul and Suzee Grilley! You are both renowned yoga teachers now, and known as the initiators of [...]
by Tiffanie DeBartolo on Mar 29, 2013
SXSW, Synchronicity and Rick Springfield. The entire Bright Antenna team trekked to Austin for South by Southwest—via plane and not van, thankfully—and spent a whirlwind three days supporting our bands, who all had a number of shows scheduled. We were so busy with our Day Party and Official Showcase that we barely had a chance [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 27, 2013
Exploring the connection between our intention & our yoga practice. This sponsored post comes via Nina Mel of N-Code Yoga. For a long time scientists believed that 98% of our DNA “text” is not used in the coding of proteins and enzymes. Since it is not responsible for constructing our basic physical form, its purpose remained [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 27, 2013
Reminding myself of the yogic infinite overview kept me from emotionally drowning in the midst of a hopeless finite life.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 22, 2013
Discovering a source of strength can make a person resilient during challenging times. “I’m a man of action,” he said, “Tell me what to do.” But the doctors’ orders given to Air Force Master Sgt. Chris Eder, a broadcast instructor at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland, don’t seem to help. “Right [...]
by Anne Falkowski on Mar 8, 2013
Are there mean girls in yoga? Unfortunately, in the 15 years that I have been practicing and teaching yoga, I have met my share. Not the kind armed with an expensive hair cut or wearing the latest Coach handbag, but the kind with messy hair tied back in a pony tail, mala beads wrapped around [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 7, 2013
All anybody wants to do, ever, is find his or her calling. Yogis, ancient philosophers, modern passion-driven go-getters, your average Joe, and my mom have all spoken about this thing. In Plato’s Republic, he imagines a society in which the metallic temperament of its citizens’ souls, gold, silver, or bronze, dictates their livelihoods. The society only exists and succeeds [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 28, 2013
My teacher training experience not only taught me how to safely guide my students through the yoga asanas (physical postures)—it made me a better person. The month I spent training was one of the most important experiences of my life, with ripples and reverberations that I still feel strongly today. Now that I’ve moved into [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 28, 2013
Hip Openers powerfully stimulate and balance the muladhara, or root and svadisthana, or sacral chakras. By physically rooting our pelvic floor and the base of our spine into the Earth, we plug ourselves into the vibrational current of the planet. When we open our hips we restore our reproductive organs, which at a base level represent [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 26, 2013
Have you ever taken a teacher training? If you have, you know what happens on the first day of almost every teacher training ever. You go around the room, say your name, your background and why you want to be a yoga teacher. It’s a sweet process, everyone is nervous and excited and barely listening [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 25, 2013
In the wintertime, the tamasic guna (slow, tired, calm, sluggish, depressed) tends to stagnate with the lack of sunlight and physical activity. This yoga sequence is specifically designed to make you sweat like it’s the middle of summer, even in the depths of winter. Before you do this sequence, sit for a moment and establish your [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 22, 2013
Source: saviirose.tumblr.com via Michael on Pinterest “Pro-Choice” as “Pro-Prostitution” Years ago I was thinking about “pro-choice” and what it means for a woman to “own” her body and not let the government tell her what she can and can’t do with it. I then thought of how liberating it’s been for women—the ones who are [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 20, 2013
What happens when a 1,ooo-year-old discipline of yogic arts smashes into something as inherently fun-loving and free-wheeling as ’60s counter culture? As I was in downward dog last night, I couldn’t help but start humming to the instructor’s playlist, which was currently at Notorious B.I.G.’s Hypnotize. Being Indian American and all, I’m supposed to have a descent grasp [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 19, 2013
There is still hope that these kids can break the cycle of becoming sex workers like their mothers. Still, this hope seems like a fragile thing when I think about them having to go back to living in the sex slum when this school year ends. I want to do anything I can to help them have a chance for a different fate.
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 18, 2013
Pop culture yoga wisdom. For those immersed in the yogic lifestyle, there is a tendency to encounter situations and think, “How yogic!” You might be a yogi if you hear the nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and think, “What a perfect example of abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (non-attachment to results).” This comparison is, however, [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 14, 2013
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by elephantjournal.com on Feb 11, 2013
Repression does not yield the results we want, it creates a cycle of sexual abuse. We are the generation who can break the chain of repression and abuse for our children and heal for all our relations.
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 9, 2013
As a person who has suffered a severe spinal chord injury, I know how important a positive attitude can be. Staying positive and focusing positive energy on my recovery made the outcome positive. I will never physically be the same as I was before the accident, but I know that I recovered much better than [...]
by Edie Lazenby on Feb 6, 2013
Source: cyacyl.com via Jill on Pinterest Secrets of the Goddess: Dance with Ecstasy The other day I was given the gift of chatting with Sally Kempton for this interview. I first heard of Sally years ago through my yoga teacher training and was familiar with her as a meditation teacher who wrote books that made [...]
by Kara-Leah Grant on Jan 29, 2013
Before you commit money and time to a yoga teacher training course, here are the seven best questions to ask first and the answers you’re looking for.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 25, 2013
Silence The room is dark There’s a chill in the air I feel a disturbance What is it? Where is it? It’s all around but I can’t find it I close my eyes hoping it goes away It’s still there, getting closer My heart starts to beat faster I start to sweat I tell myself [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 24, 2013
When my ex-husband returned from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East, our marriage didn’t survive. It didn’t occur to me that my husband might have some intimacy issues from a system that refused to acknowledge the mental atrocities of war. I blamed my own intimacy issues because in the 80′s I was in a Reagan-endorsed drug concentration camp for teens.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 22, 2013
Remember walking into the cafeteria and noticing that most of the people sitting at the tables looks remarkably like their neighbors (except your own table, of course)?
by Thaddeus Haas on Jan 22, 2013
If you want to understand Vedic astrology then it is helpful to have a working knowledge of these 27 stars. And as Joseph Campbell has so convincingly shown, if you want to really understand the heart of a people, then the best place to look is their mythology.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 20, 2013
Amy Cuddy, a professor at the Harvard Business School, has conducted extensive research around the ways in which body language affects not only how others view us, but also how our posture and gestures affect how we regard ourselves.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 20, 2013
I was living in chronic, mysterious pain: pain in my body and pain in my heart. Three years ago, I developed a strange autoimmune illness that plagued me with this: a highly sensitive immune system, a slew of strange food allergies and a body that was losing weight rapidly. Even more baffling, my physical shape continued to [...]
by Jay Winston on Jan 14, 2013
Carol Horton makes a passionate call for the yoga world to get over its allergy to critical thinking.
by Philip Goldberg on Jan 12, 2013
Celebrating the Jackie Robinson of Gurus Visitors exiting the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue are often perplexed by the street sign that reads Swami Vivekananda Way. What is it doing there? Who is this swami and why does he deserve an honorary street name like Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Hefner and other Chicago legends? [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 26, 2012
Source: designerterminal.com via La Boda de tus Sueños | Wedding & Event Designer on Pinterest Are you happy or are you just pretending to be? Happiness starts from within ourselves and if we are just pretending, then we are doing ourselves a great disservice. Obviously we can’t be happy all the time, but it [...]
by Shelley Adelle on Dec 20, 2012
Have you ever come to a complete halt with the immediate need to make a drastic change? My dad would refer to that as a bop on the head from our heavenly father. It’s that moment when the rules or the perception of one’s life have totally shifted, as if having woken up in the [...]
by Jamie Ginsberg on Dec 19, 2012
Do you feel like you are on Facebook promoting your studio, yoga classes, tweets, videos and you are not getting the response you think you should? The core problem is you don’t have a social media strategy.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 12, 2012
. . . a yogi surpasses all the best results that can be obtained on any path, through philosophy, ritual, austerity, or charity and attains the original, paramount abode.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 7, 2012
photo: kelsey_lovefusionphoto The wind blows The leaves flutter The water flows It’s a new day full of promises Can this be the day where good things happen or is it up to you to make them happen We can’t hope, we have to act We can’t wish, we have to believe Don’t count on others [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 3, 2012
The following post is part of the 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice book club exclusive to elephant journal. It’s based on Frank Jude Boccio’s essay, where he uses the buddhist practice of satipatthana to deconstruct the very notions of “the body” and “beauty.” This post looks to explain the notion of “transparency” and [...]
by Jay Winston on Nov 27, 2012
You’ve seen yoga traditionalists and yoga not-so-traditionalists. Now for something completely different.
by Anne Falkowski on Nov 24, 2012
I have been teaching yoga full-time since 2001. Since then, many students have come and gone. Some try a class once and don’t resonate with my style; other first-timers decide it was the yoga that didn’t work and they never come back. This is not about the one-time yogi; this is a commentary on the [...]
by yoga 2.0 lab on Nov 21, 2012
By “yoga”, “meditation”, and “spiritual practice”, I argue that we generally mean more than socio-politically neutral techniques of self-regulation and internal harmony that anyone can use to become a more effective sociopath. We’re shy of saying it, for reasons that baffle me, but I believe we know in our bones that a practice that does not lead to empathy, enhanced intimacy and relationship, and the progressive political desires that naturally flow from these, is not the real deal.
by elephantjournal.com on Nov 18, 2012
Source: Uploaded by user via Mia on Pinterest Indian teachers of yoga say that the Corpse Pose is the hardest yoga pose for Westerners. In Corpse Pose, we lie on the floor and surrender to the earth, leaving the body in perfect rest and stillness as though dead. But many of us have problems even [...]
by Indra Singh on Nov 18, 2012
Realistically all of us have the tendency to be addicted to something, whether that means routinely brewing up our morning coffee to help us start the day, lighting up a cigarette or finishing the day with a glass or two of cheap merlot. But the question is when does a harmless habit become an addiction?
by elephantjournal.com on Nov 17, 2012
The Fine Art of Meditation for Americans. Meditation is supposed to make us calm and peaceful—right? If you’ve read or seen Eat, Pray, Love, you might remember the scene where poor Elizabeth is meditating in the ashram, desperately trying to calm her mind. Instead, she has the strong urge to run screaming from the room. [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Nov 14, 2012
by elephantjournal.com on Nov 11, 2012
I’m an attractive, successful, well adjusted woman of a certain age. I have my issues like everybody else, but I like to think that I am doing pretty well in the game of life. So, when I say this, please don’t head right into the stereotype, okay?