"You take it, practice many years, then shanti is coming ... no problem"
Sri K.Pattabhi Jois

January 2017
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"Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice."

Back to the Mat

I’m going to be honest with myself and admit that my practice has been abysmal, bordering on nonexistent. I can’t recall the last time I stepped on my yoga mat except to cross the room. It hasn’t been because I don’t have the time; I have an overabundance of free time. I could probably […]

03-17-2013 Meditation & Yoga

My practice since injuring my shoulder in October has been sporadic and it shows. My pranayama, asana and meditation practices have all shown obvious signs of neglect. Now with spring coming and my shoulder almost fully recovered , along with a couple of good sessions, I’m feeling motivated to get my sadhana back on […]

Fall Cleanse - Reflection

Saturday, October 20

This morning I altered the morning routine. Actually I postponed it by a couple of hours. It felt good to sleep in a bit. It was Saturday morning and the only morning obligation I had was to take my son to work. That accomplished, I had the rest of the morning […]

No Regrets

I can’t say that I’ve ever regretted going to a yoga class but I have occasionally rued not going to a class or not practicing. Those were probably the times when I needed the practice most.

08/05/12 Meditation & Slow Flow

The guided meditation is one of the highlights of my yoga month. It’s a chance to experience something different than my usual meditation practice. It generally varies from month to month. Sometimes it a fairly basic meditation practice and sometimes we incorporate some sort of visualization while some sessions will be chanting or japa. […]

07/25/12 Core Yoga

Bloating and gassy is no way to go through a yoga class centered on developing core strength. It was definitely a challenging class, more than usual. I’m sure I held mula bandha for most if not all of the class. That included Savasana. It wasn’t until after I got home, that I felt any […]

Naked Yoga

In recent years I have found two things that have been life changing and have changed my outlook on life in general. They are naturism and yoga. Each has a philosophy behind them that I find appealing and I have found many common threads between them so it seems natural for me to combine […]

Booting Judgment Out the Door

Booting Judgment Out the Door.

by Diane DeGiorgio Cesa on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 on Facebook.

An interesting note about reserving judgment.

I was first intrigued at the beginning where someone had said, “I just had a crappy yoga practice.”  My initial reaction to that statement was “It was your practice.” Whether a yoga […]

Penultimate Day 2010

2010 has been an interesting and eventful year in my yoga practice. At the beginning of the year, I made the move from a weekly basics class to more advanced classes, usually attending several different classes a week. In any given week, I’d be taking hot yoga classes, intermediate/advanced classes, gentle and slow flow […]

Jim Bennitt Workshop 2, 3, 4

"Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God." ~ Krishnamacharya

I enjoyed the Jim Bennitt workshops over the weekend. I was expecting a little more lecture/discussion but the asana portion was good. I left each workshop feeling […]

Jim Bennitt Workshop 1

“Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah” ~ Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, I.12 (These mental modifications are restrained by practice and non-attachment.)

Tonight was the first of the Jim Bennitt workshops at Sri Yoga Center. The subject of the workshop was The Yoga Sutras from a Tantric Perspective. I was expecting a lot more lecture and discussion and […]


“It really is magic watching someone glide up into headstand with their legs together and with purpose. I look forward to that day when it clicks for me as well but first; practice, practice, practice.” ~ Mary, Rand(om) Bites, July 25, 2010

Sirsasana is definitely one of my nemesis poses, even with a wall. […]