Category Archive: yoga philosophy

Crisis or Crossroad: Getting Out Of Suffering & Becoming Who You Are Meant To Be

For many people, crisis is the the first step on the path of personal growth. Pain and suffering are the best motivators to commit to our spiritual practices. Distressing events are some of the greatest… Continue reading

The Trauma Survivors Guide To Yoga: Why You Keep Getting Stuck & How To Empower Change

The problem with the “Law of Attraction” thinking — a ‘like attracts like’ mentality that suggests what we focus on becomes our reality — is that you can’t think your way through an emotional problem. Simply… Continue reading

Five Hacks For Living A Happier Life

A happy life is found by embracing yourself —your scars, experiences, body, talents and abilities. So often you’re pulled out of joy by self-judgement and an unwillingness to accept the ups and downs of life. While some people… Continue reading

Understanding & Working With Emotion: A User’s Guide

For the first six months of my yoga practice, every time I held the yoga pose Upward Bow I would cry. Tears would well up and seep out, and I had no idea why.… Continue reading

Knowledge & Love of Self: Yoga For Happiness & Contentment

The way common birds flit around and sing to each other always reminds me how we’re all connected. Hearing birds sing, especially sparrows and finches, helps me know I’m not alone. The birds of prey: hawks,… Continue reading

The Trauma Survivors Guide to Yoga: Understanding Your Nervous System

I came to yoga in a state of spiritual crisis. I didn’t have the understanding or the language to call it that twenty years ago; then, I was just angry. I didn’t know quite how full of rage I was, or that buried… Continue reading

Four Ways To Cultivate Inner Peacefulness: Vrittis, Part 4

Over the last few months we’ve been covering yoga philosophy regarding the topic of the vrittis. Vrittis are the flows (or fluctuations) of consciousness as they move through the mind. In their agitated… Continue reading

Moving Beyond Busy & Into Understanding: Vrittis, part 3

We are a busy species. In America it seems we wear our fatigue as a badge of success. But being tired and busy means missed opportunities. I’m not talking FOMO (fear of missing out) on a party, a… Continue reading

Gathering Knowledge & Creating Mental Clarity, Vrittis Part 2

Despite hours of daily yoga and my mostly consistent meditation practice, my mind is annoyingly loud. It’s like that seagull scene from the movie Finding Nemo. It shouts, “mine, mine, mine, mine, me, me, mine,… Continue reading

Living Life Inside A Whirlpool: Vrittis, part 1

You know that saying “misery loves company”? The vrittis can be kind of like that. They’re power is magnetic, pulling you back into a churning state of agitation. It’s the kind of power that is… Continue reading