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Metta Meditation: Practices to Transform Fear

Metta or Lovingkindness Practice comes to us from the Buddhist…

Homecoming and the Value of Ritual in Personal Practice

It is mid-September, and outside my window the tall grasses have…
Flower Essence

Ostara: The Dawn of Spring & The Season of Renewal

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows'…

Creating Ritual: Sacred Space

"[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You…

Summer Solstice Sadhana

The summer solstice marks the high point of the solar cycle of the year and offers us our longest day. Traditionally this day has been celebrated as a time of joyfulness and a recognition of the fertility and abundance of the earth. Though the solstice is not a recognized holiday for most of us, I have always found that the practice of sacred timekeeping, or of honouring the passage of time with simple ritual, deepens my connection to the natural world and offers me insight into my own changing experience.....

Smoke and Fire: The Wisdom of Thresholds And Liminal Spaces

The term liminal comes from the Latin root limen, meaning threshold or sill, and represents a time/space where we stand between two worlds or ways of seeing. To be in liminal space is to be in a time where often one way of being is breaking down and yet a new way has not yet taken form....

The Tyranny of Style, The Freedom of Inquiry

There is one question that has always challenged me as a teacher of yoga, and that question is “what style do you teach?” It is an innocent enough question for people to ask, I get that, but I have always found it a challenge to answer and it always seems like a test I am bound to fail....

The Value of Studentship

I feel very fortunate that when I began my journey as a yoga student my teachers were quite traditional and laid out clear guidelines for me on how I was expected to act in a class, in the shared space of the studio, and in relationship to my personal practice. These teachings were given to me in order to maximize my ability to learn, as well as to support the learning environment for others, and if hadn’t receive them early on I may not be the student and teacher I am today....

The Value of Study for Yoga Students & Teachers

The practices of hatha yoga are so captivating with their emphasis on physical movement, deep breathing, meditation, sound and imagery. They also take a fair bit of time and energy to practice so that they become part of our body of experience. So it’s no wonder that many students of yoga find there is little time left at the end of the day for study. But without study the physical practices can lose context....

Kitchen Sadhana: Nourishing Your Soul Through Food Preparation

One of my favorite ways to ground and nourish myself is by spending time in my kitchen preparing food for my family. My first Ayurvedic teach Kimberly Loeb introduced me to the concept of Kitchen Sadhana, or conscious food preparation, as a genuine path of practice, and since then my time in the kitchen has become even more purposeful....