Brahmacharya is the fourth element of the Yamas, the social restraints, as described in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Its literal translation means celibacy. In my view, however, celibacy’s meaning can expanded to take on a broader meaning. In my view, brahmacharya is about having the discipline to make the proper choices about how we spend our energy and where we put our focus in life.Read More
The 1920’s, last century, center of what is to become Israel. It is a very hot day midsummer, probably above 90 degrees Fahrenheit with choking humidity. The breeze from the Mediterranean doesn’t really help much. She is filling mattresses with hay, one after the other, tedious work. Sweat is pouring down her armpits. She is not complaining. She is right there in the element of doing, so present.Read More
Resisting a change in reality that is inevitable is a recipe for failure. We can try and deny the new reality, but no matter how much we try to pretend or how much we are in denial the new reality is simply there. Change can happen gradually. In that case, we barely feel the shift in reality and if we do have a premonition that reality is changing, many times we prefer to ignore our feelings and pretend nothing is happening. We convince ourselves the inkling in the back of our mind is nothing more than a momentary lapse. Eventually, there is no avoiding the change, and we find ourselves standing in front of a wall covered with giant letters declaring onset of the new era. In other cases, we find ourselves in the midst of an earthquake, unpredictable and undeniably present.Read More
A while ago I spoke with a renowned yoga teacher, who has thousands of followers on social media. The teacher had returned from leading a retreat and shared with me how among the multitude of positive comments and reviews, all the teacher could remember was the random guy who said that he cannot stand the teacher’s voice. That he hates it. It bothered the teacher and stayed with the teacher coloring what should have been a fantastic experience with a sour tone.Read More
January 2012. I’m jogging on the beach in Herzliya. It is early morning. The day is clear, not hot, cold, just reasonably mild temperatures. Great weather to run. My pain and agony are beyond words. I need to keep my regular exercise routine to ensure I continue and do not collapse into thousands of pieces. I know she would do the same. I know she would tell me to do what I am going now.Read More
Saucha is the first element of the Niyamas, the personal practices one must observe as described in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.
Saucha means purity, cleanliness - inside and outside.Read More
Eventually, sooner rather than later, we will confront an experience we can’t control. Perfectionism is an aggressive approach to life, as we reject experiences, whenever they are not perfect or pleasant. To be fully alive and awake, we need to experience every moment, “perfect” or not.Read More
You wake up one morning. You didn't plan it. You didn’t expect it but you awoke with a really nasty mood. You feel inadequate. You feel lonely. You are running negative storylines in your head. Somewhere in the back of your head you are aware that on a rational basis there is nothing to justify this mood. But this mood feels like goo stuck to your body, it just won’t loosen its grip.Read More
“I’m so not flexible.” It may be the most common refrain I hear as a yoga instructor. Whether it is a new student or simply somebody who happens to overhear that I am a yoga teacher, people seem to feel compelled to say that “I’m so not flexible” or “I am horrible at yoga” or “I can’t touch my toes” or “I am really stiff, but really” or any one of dozens of similar permutations.
My answer is always the same – “So what?”Read More