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    Virgo New Moon

    Yesterday’s New Moon in Virgo highlights the theme of societal and governmental transformation that we have been grappling with for quite a long time now, while at the same time showing us where we need to be our own authority and how we are taking care – or not – of our personal structures like our body, our health and our daily routines. It will also have us wanting to ground something in ‘reality’ which might have been in the works since April or May. If you’re working on something and it’s still not ready, take some more time and get it right – Virgo wants to see all t‘s…

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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 has the power to change peoples’ lives and alleviate suffering. The teacher and student develop a privileged bond, and being a part of an unbroken chain of teachers and students throughout the centuries has been my greatest joy and blessing. People today are in so much pain. It’s often being…

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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 further emphasises the culminating energy of the full moon, carrying both a sense of endings as well as preparations for a new beginning which comes with the Aries full moon next month. Where are you heading to now? Many of us are now reassessing a plan or a goal that…

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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 out there in the big, wide world. I was drawn in by a full-page article about back pain- la maladie du siècle, according to the article. Too much sitting, bad posture, lack of exercise, and so on.  As a lot of my work is helping people understand the root cause…

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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 the flowers will become less robust and fragrant with each passing year. It’s hardly a big deal, but it’s another revealing test of my attachment to things. Our unconscious expectation that things remain permanent is the main cause of our human suffering. There is a wonderful parable about this from…

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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 universe, and everyone else as our teacher. Honour the energy of everything you learn from. Secondly, this eclipse coincides with Mars, which is now closer to Earth than it has been in 15 years, conjunct the moon and the Moon’s South Node (Ketu). An eclipse on the South Node is…

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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 fundamental it is the very first word in the text. Dharma has numerous meanings, depending on context and spiritual tradition. One of dharma’s primary meanings is universal law, or the right way of living, which is how it’s used in the Gita. This is known specifically as samanya dharma: the…

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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 emotions and might feel shut down or cut off from others. People often become workaholics – or live their lives in perpetual motion – to avoid dealing with their emotions. The Sun is in touchy-feely, nurturing Cancer in opposition to the Capricorn moon (the opposition is what gives us the…