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    Why teach yoga?

    I am in the middle of the torturous phase of rewriting and editing my book, so I thought I would share a sample of what is to come in the weeks ahead. The book is called “Teaching Yoga in an Upside-Down World,” and will cover many aspects of teaching, teachers and those we teach. Here is a brief excerpt: “Teaching…

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    Culminations & Ambitions

    Full moons are always moments of enlightenment. Ideas or projects that began at the new moon become clearer, and we find more elucidation and understanding around the issue. The Pisces full moon on August 26th also completed an annual cycle of full moons, one of the many overlapping cycles of astrology. Pisces is at the end of the zodiac and…

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    Where does pain come from?

    Have you ever described something as a pain in the neck? Or maybe worse? 😉 While out walking Metta a couple of months ago, I came across a Metro newspaper left on a park bench. As I work from home, I don’t often get the chance to read this commuter paper, and I flipped through it to see what’s happening…

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    Cut the lavender and kill your cows

    Back home from holidays last week, I realised I would have to cut the lavender flowers because they were starting to dry out. I never like doing it because they look so pretty even as they’re fading, but I know that if I don’t I will end up with a lot of old, dry wood as the plants mature, and…

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    Guru Purnima eclipsed

    The Lunar (Full Moon) eclipse on July 27th is quite special for a number of reasons. First, it happens to be the annual celebration of one’s most important teachers, known as Guru Purnima. Teachers come in many forms, and though you might feel you don’t have a special teacher, we can think of ourselves as the only student in the…

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    Living according to Dharma

    This past weekend I attended a wonderfully inspiring workshop on the Bhagavad Gita, one of the central source texts of yoga. Its compelling story sets the stage for timeless spiritual guidance on how to fulfil one’s highest life purpose as well as how to determine the right choice to make in tricky circumstances. This is known as dharma, and it’s so…

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    Comings & goings above & below

    Today’s Full Moon is also known as the Strawberry Moon, which sounds far more charming than many of us are likely to be feeling around this time. Saturn is conjunct this Moon in Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. The moon, representing our emotions and mind, is not comfortable in get-to-the-point Capricorn. This suggests we won’t want to feel difficult…

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    What have I done?! New Moon in Gemini

    Gemini is very much about being in the present moment, and tuning in to navigate your way through change will help keep you afloat in these confusing times.  The next two weeks until the full moon have the energy of being true to ourselves, and expressing ourselves emotionally in our relationships – or perhaps just feeling emotional – can be…

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    What can we rely upon anymore?

    I have a morbid compulsion to follow the news, and it’s possibly my greatest ongoing spiritual practice. I suspect it replaced my earlier most-intense-practice which was raising kids, and since now that my children are young adults(-ish) we each have more breathing space, I guess I unconsciously found something else to test me. A spiritual practice is indeed indispensible given…