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30 12, 2019

Intention: From Dream to Reality

By |December 30th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

Intention is a powerful tool that makes dreams come true. Five or six years ago, I set an intention to create a music CD with some of my favorite musicians, Benjy and Heather Wertheimer and Steve Gorn. I’ve known them for at least 20 years and I always feel tingles in my bones when they play. Their music is so heart-felt and pure. I sense their joy and strong intention to bring more light and beauty into the world through their music. I’m so grateful to announce that my dream has come true.


My new CD, Invocation: Heart of Darkness and Light, Music and Mantras for Creating Sacred Space, is now a reality! What’s so great is that it came out even better than I had imagined. It’s the most comprehensive music project I’ve created to date and I’m so thrilled it is here.


We are the powerful beings who can intervene with grace.
Setting an intention, or in Sanskrit, a Sankalpa, is the way we intervene. We co-participate with grace every time we wish for something. When you put your intention out there, it’s like a seed being planted in the soil. The greater your passion and desire for something, the richer and more fertile the soil. When your desire comes from deep down in your heart, it is bound to manifest.

Just like nurturing a plant to grow, after you set your intention, you have to nurture it. You have to think about it often, envision it, and then eventually do something about it. For me, I had to wait until the time was right. Then I jumped in and didn’t stop creating until the project was completed. It took me about nine months. (It’s my baby!)
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17 12, 2019

Set Your Intention for 2020

By |December 17th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

The new year is nearly upon us and talk of New Year’s resolutions will soon be inescapable. Madison Avenue makes it sound as if we can say some magic words and poof! Everything will be different as soon as we tack our new calendar to the wall. Of course, the reality of life is very different. Whether it is your intention to effect change or you intend to continue to attract what you want and need, persistence will be required.

What are you willing to do to live the life you desire?

We all have desires. We seek love, improved health, financial stability, and more. Setting an intention is like planting a seed. The concrete steps that we take to attract what we want are like sunlight and water, allowing the seed to blossom. Here are some strategies for you to try in the new year:

Clarify your intention. Be specific. Instead of “I want more money,” tell yourself, “I will find a new job that brings me professional fulfillment and increased compensation.” Instead of, “I want to do more yoga,” try, “I will attend three weekend workshops” or “I will sign up for a Yoga Teacher Training.”
Visualize yourself living your dream. Imagine yourself working at that new job or taking notes at that YTT. Create a vision board. Write in your journal.
Use affirmations. These are powerful tools! Speak to yourself in the present tense, saying things like, “I am capable and deserving of professional success” or “I have studied yoga for years and I have wisdom to share. I am ready to take the next step.”
Take action. For many of us, this is the hardest part. Identify the things that you can […]

6 12, 2019

Release Negative Commentary

By |December 6th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

The mind is a powerful tool of transformation. When aligned with the heart, the mind is a supportive and indispensable ally. But when misaligned, steeped in negativity, or overly concerned with its own welfare, the mind becomes your worst enemy.

The Committee
How many times have you done something or said something unskillful that you wished you could take back but you can’t? When the untamed critical mind gets a hold of this, it can incessantly denounce you. This becomes a huge obstacle to clear thinking. There’s usually one prominent voice that’s shouting at you. But sometimes there’s a whole group of voices shouting at you. I call that the “Itty-bitty-shitty-committee.”

When something bad happens – you experience the death of a loved one, you lose your job, you catch a cold just before a big commitment to teach, the mind can become a loud-mouth judge shouting at you, “You’re a loser. You f####d up. You shouldn’t have said/done that. You’re stupid. You are unworthy.” Like the 24/7 news channels on TV, while the main news is shown on the large screen, there’s a simultaneous ticker-tape of commentary running at the bottom of the screen. This commentary of the mind underlying your experience is very distracting. Without the skill of observation without judgment, you can become trapped by the mental patterns of judgment.

Through the practice of meditation, you become more skillful at being able to identify non-constructive thoughts and let them go. The bottom line is that you DO have control of your thoughts. But it takes practice.

A few weeks ago I finished teaching the final module of Ashaya Yoga Advanced 300-Hour Teacher Training. It was an amazing and beautiful experience. We focused on teaching the chakras, […]

21 11, 2019

A Tribute to Dad

By |November 21st, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

Dear Friends,

My Dad, Sanford Norian, recently passed away on October 31st, 2019. I wanted to share a tribute to him for the beautiful man he was and for the gift of his heart he gave me.

I really loved my dad. He was a great man and a wonderful father. Behind every great man is a great woman (or another man). My Dad was lucky to have two great women in his life – my Mom Sandra, for the first half of his life, and Celia for the second half.

More than a father to me, he was a mentor, a teacher, and a friend. He gave me the best advice ever, “Whatever you do, follow your heart and everything will be okay.” He taught me how to be disciplined, courageous, how not to let fear stop me, and to live fully, love fully, and laugh fully.

If any of you knew my Dad, you know that he could be prickly. He wasn’t afraid to call it like he saw it. Welcome to Norian’s world. But he was also a cream puff: crusty on the outside, always soft and sweet on the inside.

On one visit to Palm Springs, CA, his home, some years ago, he took me for a ride on his motor scooter. As soon as we were out of Celia’s view, he gunned it. The bike lurched forward at top speed of about 65 mph in a 25 mph zone. We both squealed with excitement, but I was terrified and held on for dear life. Then he turned to me and said, “Make sure you take time to smell the roses, Butch. Don’t work too hard. Enjoy your life.” (Butch was what he called me […]

10 11, 2019

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude is a Step on the Path Toward Wisdom

By |November 10th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

It’s November and talk of gratitude is in the air. We can hardly open our eyes in the morning without being bombarded by seasonal messages about being grateful for the bounty that we enjoy. But what if you’re not feeling all that bounty? Can you still practice gratitude? Yes!

When I contemplate gratitude, I often find myself also contemplating Patanjali’s sutras and the five kleshas (obstacles or afflictions), particularly avidya (ignorance). By now, you might be asking yourself, “What’s Todd talking about? What on earth do obstacles and ignorance have to do with a full practice of gratitude?” Here’s the answer:
When life is easy, so is gratitude. But the wise yogi is able to access feelings of gratitude even when life is hard.
Patanjali tells us that ignorance is mistaking the impermanent for the permanent, the impure for the pure, pleasure for pain, and the non-self for the Self. We are ignorant when we blame ourselves for our pain. We are ignorant when we believe that our misery is immutable – that it will never stop. It will! But it’s not when our circumstances change that our life changes, but rather when our reaction shifts. We can learn to be content and grateful even when circumstances are difficult.
Wisdom is knowing that every experience enriches our lives and helps us get closer to the Divine within.
Sometimes life is hard. Money is tight. Love is scarce. Pain abounds. The yogi knows that it is possible to be grateful for it all.  When we cultivate an attitude of gratitude, even toward the moments and the people who add challenge to our lives, we are able to use those experiences to grow and become the people we are meant to […]