Most of you have been practicing yoga for a couple of months now. Can you better answer the question, “What is yoga?” Have you noticed a difference in your athletic performance or the condition of your mind or body? If you have not, are you actually participating in the yoga sessions or are you just […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Aloha! This week, I’d like to introduce Yoga Sutra 1.14: “Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.” On a large scale, the sutras equate practice to life, and on a smaller but just as important scale, to the ongoing refinement of any technique: yoga practice, academic […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In yoga, it is believed that establishing balance between ease (sukha) and steadiness (sthira) AND knowing which quality is useful in a given situation, is essential for health and vitality. Sukha is the development of flexibility, relaxation, surrender, calm awareness, non-reactivity and empathy. Sthira is the development of strength, power, steadiness, alert awareness, selective reactivity […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Three Poses for Back Pain: Many of you have spoken of chronic back pain, so I would like to address that in this week’s newsletter. In addition to the effects of playing football, back pain is generally intensified by sitting in a chair with poor posture every day or lack of exercise. Strengthening the abdominal […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In the surveys you filled out, many of you asked, “What is yoga?” Yoga literally translates as “to yoke” or “to unite”, and this is a reference to the way yoga increases our self-awareness on many levels. For example: Before doing yoga, have you ever thought about the way your legs turn out or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last weekend I taught about Sankalpa (a big-picture intention that you are wholeheartedly committed to). It was refreshing to revisit this idea, and I feel like I could have offered more information about this idea, so here goes…. This summer has been a reminder that the important things in life are a sequence of the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Many thanks to Diane Ako for writing this piece regarding the restorative yoga and crystal bowls collaboration that Bryan Jordan and I routinely offer in Kailua. After many years as an award-winning news anchor, Diane recently opened her own PR firm, called Diane Ako PR. She has a wonderful sense of humor that shines through […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” ― Og Mandino Well that’s great Mr. Mandino, but what about when the sun, moon and stars are hidden EVERY day and night for weeks on end? A: You cry and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Dirty Hippy Blog #3 This past weekend marked the second time I have stayed on our property overnight by myself, this time for two consecutive nights! The first time occurred in June. What blew me away each time was the lack of fear and the overwhelming sense of tranquility and contentment. At no point did […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This month I have been incorporating the theme of the “Hungry Ghost” into yoga classes. I was reminded of this idea over several weeks because so many people kept commenting on how unsettled they felt. Perhaps because it is summer and we have adopted new routines or been without one, maybe because of the political […]Continue Reading... No Comments.