You've surely had someone say to you: It's all in your head. And now I'm telling you it's true. Every experience you've ever had and will have, is experienced through the filters in your mind. In yoga we learn about Maya -- the veil of illusion -- and it's that veil that we see the world before we reach yoga, or become enlightened. Can you imagine what a psychedelic experience the world must be for a child before she has downloaded language to make sense of the world, to inca
I can't begin to express how rewarding I'm finding it, talking to these amazingly smart yoga dudes. I really think the world would evolve into a better place if we could get more men to practice yoga and meditation. And to talk about their emotions. To have the courage to cry in front of another human being. I'm super-happy to introduce you to Javier, whom I've had the great pleasure of following throughout his yoga journey. When you see him practice, it's hard to believe it'
My month of offering a free yoga class to any human male who hasn't previously practiced with me is coming to an end. I've had a few dudes showing up for sure, but not as many as I had hoped for. In my talks with men who practice yoga, I'm starting to come to the conclusion, that the ones that feel comfortable in a room full of strong, badass women, are just more evolved specimens of the human male. You know how studies show that the biggest homophobes actually are most arous
There has been many times in my life when I wished that I was a dude. There has been even more times I wished that I was gay. That I would fall in love with women. Unfortunately I seem to be the most heterosexual person in the universe. I've had to be afraid of men my whole life. In high school I was afraid walking past certain male species in the corridors while wearing my goth getup and black lipstick. Would I catch nasty comments or not? Would I be called ugly witch whore
My ex-husband, whose opinion on yoga is that it’s boring and that it hurts, always used to say that everyone who is into yoga and meditation is unhappy. I used to disagree furiously. But actually he wasn’t entirely wrong. If you are completely content, you will never seek change. You won’t look for a new job. You won’t end a relationship. Or actively look for new friends. I have never felt like an unhappy person. But for as long as I can remember I have been searching for ans
My meditation teacher urges us to meditate two hours per day: one hour in the morning and one in the evening. For years I thought of that as the gold standard; impossible for me to attain in my daily life. Easy, when away on retreat of course, but very hard in the hectic city life I lead with many commitments and engagements. I would only sit for one hour with other meditator friends or at the centre. It took me years since my first meditation breakthrough in 2006 to even est
As famously outlined by Patanjali in The Yoga Sutras, the path of yoga starts out by observing certain ethical or moral rules; The Yamas and the Niyamas. The Yamas concern how we use our energy in relationships to others. There are five yamas. The first one is Ahimsa, which translates to non-violence, or non-harming, in thoughts, words and action. The second one is Satya -- truthfulness. Which is the yama I would like to discuss here. I don't see myself as a pathological liar