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Why I Love Mercury Retrograde

Namaste, Several years ago, while pursuing music and yoga, I was also drawing and painting extensively. In addition to creating fine art, I illustrated several books. One of these was a spiritual book dedicated to the goddess. Having finished my work (or so I thought), I mailed the final cover illustration off to the publisher. A few weeks later, I was shocked to hear from the publisher that the image had never arrived. It was a full colour, hand-drawn original, so there was no backup. After weeks hoping it would somehow turn up, I had to face the hard fact that it had been lost in the mail and was not coming back. I distinctly remember the moment I realized it was time to start the illustration again from scratch. I had drawn the original with deep devotion. The thought came to my mind, “I guess the goddess was not happy with it.” I saw that I could be distraught at the loss, or dejected at the idea that my work had not pleased the goddess, or frustrated at the need to redo it all. Yet, most clear for me was that somehow, the loss felt in balance. I buckled down, pulled out a new piece of art paper and started over with more surrendered focus,…

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Yoga And Your Light Body

If you were to sit beside me, I would sense your presence. I would not only feel if your body were hot or cold, or if you were happy or sad. I would also perceive how we each are not limited to a separate self. Our bodies, which may appear solid, would feel to me like intricate information highways. I would sense how they connect us to the whole, of which we are each an integral part.

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What To Do During An Eclipse

Beyond Hatha Yoga, the various forms of yoga beyond physical asana that I list here may help you glimpse the wisdom and breadth of this ancient and extraordinary life science.

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Yoga is So Much More than Stretching

Beyond Hatha Yoga, the various forms of yoga beyond physical asana that I list here may help you glimpse the wisdom and breadth of this ancient and extraordinary life science.

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What is Anger Telling You?

Namaste, Everybody experiences it. It is hot like lava and boils up from your belly with an unexpected surge. Unpredictable, powerful and fierce, anger can be either a humble teacher or cruel lover, but never both. You can either learn from anger in humility, or get seduced by it to end up hurting yourself and others. How you respond to painful emotions and things that trigger you is entirely up to you. You always have choice. You have likely given into anger in many ways. You may have blown up and dumped the swelling heat on someone you liked or loved, only to feel badly about your knee-jerk reaction after the fact. You may have sat on your feelings, trying to quell a growing beast within, only to find yourself feeling depressed, listless and complaintive. Neither is a healthy response to anger. In this blog post, I would like to explore with you the hidden gifts of anger and how you can work with this powerful emotion to live a more fulfilling life. THE FEAR BENEATH THE ANGER Our anger shows us the ways we believe we are separate; the ways we don’t feel loved or supported; the ways we don’t believe love exists. Where there is anger, there is fear. If you are angry, you…

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Yoga, Energy Medicine and Your Spinal Health

Namaste, This week, I would like to explore one of the essential concepts of YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine: your spine. The intelligence and healing potential in the spine is something I have come to know intimately, and is a source of wisdom that continues to inspire my life daily. In 2011, I experienced a devastating, paralyzing spinal cord injury, that kept me fully bedridden for even the simplest of tasks. My full recovery was considered a medical miracle. I stand, walk, run, dance and do yoga asana today thanks to the power of grace and the knowledge of YEM. I have been working for some time on a new book YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, to be released soon. Here is an excerpt from it on the spine. Enjoy! The spine is your central channel of energy from which all other physical, emotional and intellectual circuitry arise. Like the trunk of a tree, it gathers and transmits essential life-force energy to your various body parts, and is in constant communication with your ability to perceive, emote, think, sense and act. The brain stem connects the brain with the spinal cord, and the cerebrospinal fluid circulates around the brain and the spinal cord. Think of the brain and the spine as the processing headquarters for your…

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Your Body Is A Teacher

Namaste, I experienced one of my life’s most profound teachings thanks to a paralyzing spinal injury that left me bedridden for much of 2011. The spontaneous rupture to my spinal cord followed a life-changing journey to the North Pole where I sang to raise awareness of the melting polar ice and offered prayers for the planet. My complete recovery from the injury, deemed a medical miracle, was due to profound surrender to the presence of immense grace. Through that, I was able to tap into the flow of infinite light and put into practice the understanding and teachings I had developed up until that point in YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine. My healing is a palpable example of the goodness of life, the power of non-resistance to what is through sincere gratitude and the practice of YEM. I share more about all of this in my upcoming book YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine. Today, I offer here some of the riches this experience brought me. In March 2011, I spontaneously and agonizingly became paralyzed from the waist down. I spent three months bedridden and in mind-altering pain, unable to get up for the most basic things. The trauma to my spine was so severe that, despite my telling doctors I had experienced no external impact, they…

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How Do You Recognize the Satguru?

Namaste, Over the last couple of weeks, as we have moved through International Yoga Day and as I put the finishing touches on my upcoming book YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, we have been exploring the benefits of yoga, and how to find a yoga teacher that is right for you. These topics naturally lead to a bigger question: how can you get the spiritual guidance that will lead you to the ultimate goal in life, which is realization of your divine self? It is rare to find a yoga or a spiritual teacher that has the necessary rich and seasoned insight for such. Though their teachings may be wise and grounded, they would be more fitting to guide you in gentle hatha yoga exercises or simple and short meditations. They may not yet understand the complexities of time, karma and the trickiness of the ego. For this, you need what is known as the satguru, the true enlightened master. The syllable gu means darkness, the syllable ru, he who dispels them, Because of the power to dispel darkness, the guru is thus named. — Advayataraka Upanishad, Verse 16 The word guru has come to signify anyone who is an expert in their field. Sometimes it is even used to skeptically refer to leaders who may not…

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Finding the Right Yoga Teacher For You

Namaste, Welcome back to my exploration of frequently asked questions about starting a yoga practice! Yoga teaches us about a profound intelligence that exists within all things, through all things, all the time. It inspires hope and compassion as we meet the fullness of our lives – the good, the bad and the ugly – with true courage. This week I discuss finding the right yoga teacher for you. WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD YOGA TEACHER? Every yoga teacher will have diverse teaching styles and experience. Having taught since 1993, I have found that the common thread in inspired yoga teachers is that they know they are not the doers. This means that they teach from a place of humble service to a greater whole. They are a neutral, luminous conduit – not an attached persona – for the ancient, brilliant and wise message of love and interconnection that is yoga. They know that this message comes through them, when they are receptive, and is never about them. The right yoga teacher for you may or may not have a huge following. What is most important is that he or she supports you in the practice that is right for you, while demonstrating a sincere commitment to embody the teachings themselves. He or she…

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Starting Your Yoga Practice

Namaste, Happy International Yoga Day, this Wednesday, June 21! Last week, we looked at what yoga can do for you, what it is and what it is not. If you have not read it, you will find it useful as you discover yoga and find the right teacher for you. This week, I would like to answer questions that I often hear from people who are interested in yoga but feel unsure where or how to start. HOW CAN I FIND THE RIGHT YOGA CLASS FOR ME? There are many different types of Hatha yoga practices, because there are many types of people. It is not appropriate, for example, for someone who tends to run hot to do a heating yoga practice. Nor is it appropriate for one who tends to be heavy in body and mind to do a practice that is particularly slow. Hatha Yoga is part of the greater whole of Yoga, which includes the herbal medicine Ayurveda. Under Ayurveda, everyone is considered to have one or a combination of three predominant tendencies: vata, pitta and kapha. Vata people tend to be slim, sweat little, with a highly alert nervous system. They may be restless, sensitive to sound, and have an irregular appetitive and delicate digestion. Pitta people tend to be athletic, competitive,…

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

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