Conscious Yoga Philosophy

How I Forgot the Ashtanga Chant

Top memory experts say step one of remembering something is care. Most people claim to be bad at remembering names, phone numbers and where they are parked. However, if someone offered you a million dollars to remember their name for a month, could you? Of course! That would be no issue. So why did I…

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Do You Really Need Yoga Philosophy?

Do you Really Need Yoga Philosophy?

I am not good enough because I don’t know yoga philosophy! I am better than everyone else because I know yoga philosophy! You/they are not good enough because they don’t follow my yoga philosophy Those statements are sad, however, there are people in the yoga community who say/think these statements. The flaw in this thought…

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What Do You Need Permission for in Yoga?

What do you need permission for in Yoga? Do you need permission from a piece of paper that says you can teach? Did Patanjali or the Buddha have a piece of paper? How about Krishnamacharya? Is there a 200-hour meditation training under a Bodhi tree that guarantees enlightenment and a following over two thousand years?…

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No Expectation Yoga

What expectations do you bring to your yoga practice? If you lost all your flexibility in one day would you freak out? Why do expect success if we are flexible? Flexibility has nothing to do with yoga.  Are you expecting yoga to feel a certain way? Spoiler alert: That beautiful yoga high you get after a…

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The Mindful Ashtangi Manifesto

1. Guru Free The mindful ashtangi is their own guru. A mindful ashtangi is the sole authority of their practice and life. How a mindful ashtangi thinks, feels, sequences their practice and approaches their practice every day is up to them.   2. Absence of Authority Tradition, lineage, and authority do not exist. A mindful…

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Accept Yourself and the Yoga Will Flow

moon salutation for yoga

In July 2018, I abandoned caring about flexibility, structure, and the feeling of yoga. Free of a decade-long adherence to others definitions of yoga. I feel the flow of yoga more than ever before. Perfection exists inside each moment for each of us.     My Three Pitfalls For years I sought flexibility to validate…

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Self-Imagine a New Yoga

How does yoga imagine itself? What actions or standards create the representation of a yogi? Is everyone who stretches, breaths and meditates a yogi? What level of flexibility do I need? Do I need to have long hair, call myself a hippie and go to India to study with a guru? Or wear trendy brands,…

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What is the Best Bhagavad Gita Translation for Yoga?

The Bhagavad Gita is a treasured text in the east. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the main scientists involved in the Manhattan project learned Sanskrit to be able to read the Gita in it’s original language. He quoted the Gita routinely as protests against how the US government was handling their power after WW2. REST OF…

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