Does anyone know the meaning of yoga?

Have any of you been following the huge new (ish) movement to redefine yoga these days?  I’m seeing all sorts of folks changing it up at will and fighting for the privelige – and others hanging on to traditional systems like their lives depended on it.  Leave it to us Westerners to take something sacred […] Read more »

Simple Steps: #39 The Door is Open

The eight linbs of yoga indicate a logical method that leads to the attainment of physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual health. Yoga does not seek to change the individual; rather it allows the natural state of total health and integration in each of us to become a reality.  That reality leads to joy and understanding, the […] Read more »

Simple Steps: #38 Follow the Path

No one ever said the achievement of samadhi is easy.  In fact it is usually considered a difficult task. The Yoga Sutra suggests the practice of asana and pranayama as a preparation for dharana, because these influence mental activities and create space in the crowded schedule of the mind. Once dharana has occurred, dhyana and […] Read more »

Simple Steps: #37 Union with the Divine

Samadhi refers to union, or true yoga. There is an ending to the separation that is created by the “I” and “mine” of our illusory perceptions of reality. The mind does not distinguish between self and non-self, or between the object contemplated and the process of contemplation. The mind and intellect have stopped, and there […] Read more »

Simple Steps: #35 Freedom

Todays Simple Step A 3-Minute Meditation on Freedom…  Stop whatever else you are doing.  Truly.  Stop fidgiting – hurrying – trying to fit this in. This is special time – a sacred time.  Offer it to yourself. Take in a deep…full…rich…slow…breath. Exhale.  Ahhhhhhhh….. Take another breath  – even slower than the one before.  Exhale. Ahhhhhhh…. […] Read more »

Simple Steps: #32 Consciousness Unified

During the practice of meditation, one observes insights and recognizes distinctions between objects as they are and subtle layers of perception. We learn to differentiate between the mind that perceives and the means of perception… We recognize the difference between words and their meanings…and the feeling of peaceful knowing is the basis of our actions. […] Read more »