I glanced at my fingers, outstretched as they were in Warrior Two, and saw how a single band of sunlight could spin them into gold. Inwardly I smiled, then started to retrieve my mind. I was home - I was on my mat, and I felt peace. I felt empowered. I felt gently strong (or … Continue reading walking with truth
I'm a sucker for Simone Weil. So when I cast about the internet in search of something that might help me talk about the third yama and found this gem, I couldn't resist. I admit that it might seem like attention and generosity have nothing to do with non-stealing, or asteya. But I promise that … Continue reading we are all thieves…
I think about my three-year old daughter when I think about satya, or truthfulness. It's an old joke that children have few, if any, filters, and those moments of blunt, clear-spoken clarity are often repeated through the years as part of the family lore. "Remember when little Hilda said...?" Laughter bursts out, usually accompanied by … Continue reading Curious George Goes to Yoga: Satya and the Art of Cleaning Glasses
I've been having a rough time of it lately. Nothing terrible, just the accumulation of small things over time that have me feeling worn out, harried, and overwhelmed sometimes. I know that the continual beating of water and grit can smooth sharp edges and fog the translucency of glass, creating something that's almost comforting to … Continue reading Da-Da-Da!
Twice this week I've left my children in the care of their terrific nanny in order to craft a post about rituals and the yoga mat; twice, now, this task seems self-defeating as time ticks by and the page remains blank. My brain is too tired. If I'm lucky, I will write this sentence without … Continue reading the fog and the practice
I had my mind blown at a pelvic floor workshop with Leslie Howard a couple of weekends ago. Now I can't stop thinking about pelvic floors. (So much so that I've decided to train with her to become a pelvic floor yoga therapist, a workshop is in the works, and I'm tailoring next week's practices around it.) It's … Continue reading finding your seat: the magical, wonderful pelvic floor
This past weekend I had the express joy of teaching the pre-natal portion of Dragonfly Yoga and Wellness' Yoga Teacher Training. Besides blowing the minds of a couple of yogis about postpartum recovery (hint: a lot happens, and it's not always pretty!), I shared an infographic that outlines the major physiological changes that occur trimester-by-trimester in … Continue reading Prenatal Yoga and Your Body
Are you addicted to Pinterest like me? I added a new page where I'll be sharing my yoga pins. http://www.pinterest.com/winterb/yoga/
Not certain if you saw this article in the New York Times, but I wanted to share: New York Times Article, \"Go Easy on Yourself\" It's a great reminder of just how necessary (and hard) practicing ahimsa, or non-violence, towards oneself is. Breathe in a little loving-kindness for yourself today.
Oh, how my heart hurts for Japan. It gives stronger meaning to the Buddhist dedication... May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all beings never be parted from freedom's true joy. May all beings dwell in equanimity, free … Continue reading tsunami