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30-Day Change of Lifestyle Challenge!

As I was waiting to board my flight from Hartford, CT to LAX, I looked out over the crowded boarding area at all the people. There was a beautiful variety of beings, all different shapes, sizes, ages, colors, clothing, and hair styles. I asked myself, “Who are these beings?” “What are they doing? Where are they going? What do they think about? What do they believe? What is in their consciousness?
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Of course, I had no answer to these questions. But one thing I knew for sure was that each person was a great being with a history of life-changing experiences. The truth is, I’ve never met a boring person. Everyone has a story to tell, a hero’s journey of overcoming challenges, loved ones lost, amazing successes, failures, moments of grace, ecstatic joy, pain, and heartbreak. Every person has a family or set of relationships that have influenced their life. I wondered which of these people were Trump supporters and which were not.

The truth is no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, we all long to be free of suffering. It’s just that we have different views on how to get there. What unites us all is the notion of our shared humanity.
Cosmic Insight
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, like I was suddenly dunked into a tub of cold water. A sobering and complex insight came. I witnessed this perspective from a distance high above the earth, as if I were an alien looking down on the buzzing planet earth. I realized that we are all individual cells inside the body of universal consciousness. We are thinking cells. Together we […]

Purpose is Power

I just swam the US Masters 1-Hour Swim which is a national annual event to see how far you can swim in 1 hour. This year, our coach, Bill Meier, who created the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, invited us to make this year’s swim a fundraiser to support Swimming Saves Lives which offers swim lessons to adults to get parents to inspire their kids to swim. Thanks to all those who donated to this event! I swam 3475 yards which beat my distance last year by 105 yards!

I sent out the invitation to pledge late in the game. I’ve been super busy writing my book and honestly, I didn’t want to hassle with the logistics of the fundraiser. But at the 11th hour I said to myself, “Oh, what the heck.” I sent out the email on Friday afternoon. In less than 24 hours I received a total pledge of $1275.00 and donations are still coming in. As the emails began pouring in with enthusiastic responses like, “What a great cause”, “Go get ’em tiger”, and “Give it your all”, I was overwhelmed with your love.

Whether you pledged or not, I felt all your support and made the swim about the cause rather than myself. I felt grateful for all of you, the good work my coach is doing, the team, and all those who chose to make a difference. I can’t tell you how freed up I felt swimming for a cause. I tuned into an energy bigger than myself and it sustained me throughout the swim. It was as though I wasn’t swimming. Something else was swimming me.

Do I hear the yoga of swimming here? Do I hear an Ashaya theme? Yes.

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Release Regret, Bring More Joy!

Greetings! Happy New Year! May 2017 be your best year yet! May yoga be your guiding light.

One of the gifts of yoga is the recognition that your true nature is joy. That underneath it all – the worry, stress, loss, sadness, unfilled desires, and regret – is joy. As the Tantra teaches, joy is already within you. You can’t add anything more to it and it can never be diminished.

Your true nature shines like 10,000 suns. But it’s concealed. Yoga is the process of unpeeling the layers of the soul, like the skin of an onion, to get to the core in the middle. In yoga, you peel away what no longer serves you; peel back what’s blocking the light and allow your heart to shine. From the Katha Upanishad, “Yoga is unravelling the knots of the heart so that the mortal can experience the immortal.”

Through paying attention, you eventually come to see how your mind works and which habits of thought cover up your joy. Two of mine are self-doubt and procrastination. If you’re not sure what your limiting habits of thought are, just try writing a book. Every trick of the mind will be revealed to you. Or at least it has for me! Ugh!

But one habit of thought I’ve recently gained some leverage on is the habit of regret. Regret is a natural human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. It’s not about eliminating regret. It’s about managing it. If you’re not careful, regret can steal your joy and take you in a downward spiral of emotional “stuckness”. Regret is a combination of guilt and shame bound together. Guilt is the feeling that you did something wrong. Shame is […]

Gratitude for 2016!

Dear Friends,

Holiday Greetings! As we move closer to the nadir of darkness (winter Solstice), daylight becomes rarer and more precious. This morning, after a deep practice, I just stared out the window at the amazing light of the new dawn. It was breath-taking!

There is a preciousness in the waning of the light. It reminds me of the preciousness of life and how little time we have on this earth. I’m filled with gratitude for all the abundance in my life – abundance of love, relationship, health, purpose, community, and meaningfulness. It reminds me not to take life for granted because it is here today and gone tomorrow.

Knowing that our time here is short informs my life in a profound way. I choose to risk being authentic and truthful rather than lying to protect myself or another. I prioritize serving others and shining my light instead of playing small. I choose to rise up in times of challenge rather than shut down and allow fear to stop me.

When I reflect over the past year, I am grateful for the blessings I’ve received both personally and professionally. I had my busiest year of teaching on record. I taught 160 days and traveled 58 days. I taught to sold out rooms in San Antonio, Toronto Yoga Conference, Essex, NY, Defiance, OH, Redding, CT, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Conference, Portland, ME, Nantucket Yoga Festival, Collingwood, ON, Fayetteville, WV, and Cincinnati, OH. In addition, I co-taught with my dear friend and teacher Professor Douglas Brooks, world renown tantric scholar, in Lenox, MA. It was thrilling!

Ashaya Yoga® grew and expanded exponentially. In September of this year, there were a total of five Ashaya Yoga 200-Hour Trainings happening at the same time […]

Embrace Your “Inner Aliens”

Greetings! I taught a class on Halloween day in Cincinnati after my weekend workshop. My theme was “embrace your inner aliens” and just for fun, after the Om, I slipped on a green alien mask and offered everyone a Namaste. The class ripped up into laughter!

We all have inner aliens that scare us. These are our core-wounded identities and patterns of limiting thinking and behavior. In a sense, we’ve all alienated ourselves from our true nature – joy. We’ve forgotten our divine heritage and have separated ourselves from the Absolute. We walk around like ocean-less waves. Through self-limiting beliefs and layers of stress, we have dimmed and darkened the light within.

Brene Brown, renown psychologist and author, calls these aliens, “gremlins”. These are the negative thoughts we say to ourselves. In my experience, these “aliens or gremlins” can all be boiled down to one basic emotion: fear. But fear has many derivatives – worry, anxiety, doubt, frustration, anger, blame, and depression, to name a few. These shadow emotions are part of who we are, but not all of who we are. We forget that along with our core-wounded identities is our divine identity. We all have the DNA of the divine. Our divine identity recognizes and embraces the full spectrum of our being, both light and dark, both core-wounded identity and divine identity.

Halloween comes from the Celtic word samhain (pronounced “sum ween”) which is a time at the end of the harvest post summer where the veil between the two worlds, spiritual and physical, becomes very thin. As the myth goes, a threshold opens up where hostile spirits of the departed are free to roam and cause disturbances. To appease the angry spirits, the villagers […]

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