Being wronged

8.14: Whenever you meet someone, ask yourself first this immediate question: "What beliefs does this person hold about the good and the bad in life?" Because if he believes this or that about pleasure and pain and their constituents, about fame and obscurity, death and life, then I shall not find it surprising or strange [...]

Stand like a mountain

Mountain pose, tadasana, teaches you how to stand firm and tall. But the posture rarely gets the attention it deserves, both in and out of class. Image credit: BKS Iyengar Yoga - The Path to Holistic Health Tadasana commands awareness and attention towards the body in time and space as you experience it off the [...]

The directing mind

9. 15: Mere things stand isolated outside our doors, with no knowledge or report of themselves. What then reports on them? Our directing mind. This is the third in a series of blog posts attempting to thematically extract from the 12 books of the ‘Meditations’, the personal and philosophical diary written by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor [...]

Addicted to approval

Concern for approval is a counterproductive habit that kills the spirit. It’s also exhausting and inefficient. Marcus Aurelius can help us overcome this tendency by inviting us to contemplate the mind of the critics we fear. This is the second in a series of blog posts attempting to thematically extract from the 12 books of [...]

Kindness

This blog post is the first in a series which attempts to thematically extract from the 12 books of the 'Meditations' , the personal and philosophical diary written by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. His private thoughts were written in numbered paragraphs, without any thought or intention of publication. The reader [...]

Down dog

If you are new to Yoga, downward facing dog is really hard. If you have been practicing for 10 years, it's still really hard. I wanted to write about my experience of this pose in detail since there is little time in a flow class to break it down and I see so many beginners [...]