Musings from the Mat

Yoga Asana Competition: Coming Soon to an Olympics Near You?

 Yoga is Olympics-bound. Move over, Savasana experts, and give a round of applause for our competitors from the New York City Yoga Asana Competition of 2012. Years of training behind them, competitors bow to the judges with Namaste hands and perform their routines: five compulsory poses, and two additional poses of their own choosing, as […]

John Friend: It’s Not About Yoga

On Tuesday (2/28/12), the NY Times printed an article about John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga.  The article is titled Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here IN RETREAT John Friend’s sexual indiscretions upset many devotees of Anusara yoga, which he founded. The yoga community has been abuzz with the news of John’s fall from grace, […]

Komen Cures Again? Maybe …

 The stunning announcement last week, that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation was pulling its funding of Planned Parenthood for breast cancer prevention, screenings and education, was met with outrage by hundreds of thousands of women, and organizations across the country. Taken by surprise, and embarrassed by the national outcry, Komen for the […]

Our Best Aspirations

I chanced upon an inspiring project this evening: “” This is an online community collecting aspirations from people around the world to put in a “stupa” in Vermont. Stupas are sacred monuments to peace, tolerance and compassion that are at the heart of the Buddhist tradition. I was all set to type my aspiration into […]

A Journey Within

 Over the years, many of you have asked for recordings of my guided imagery meditations. I’m excited to share my first recording with you.  Here is “Journey Within” — a guided journey through the layers of our being (called “koshas” in yoga). You can sit back and follow the audio, eyes closed, or you’re welcome […]

Yoga DOESN’T Wreck Your Body

In today’s New York Times magazine, there’s an article titled, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,” by William J. Broad.  Here’s a link to the article, which is adapted from “The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards,” by William J. Broad, to be published next month by Simon & Schuster. If you are a yoga […]

Happy New Year 2012 !

This photo arrived in my inbox this week – I just had to share it! As I sit down to write something for the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, this picture keeps coming to mind. Out with the old, in with the new. But for me, this photo also captures something even […]

Starbucks Refugee

 Who knew that “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” would become the Leitmotif for Starbucks earlier this week? It did, of course, when day after day we piled into the crowded store to warm up and charge our worn-out computers and cellphone batteries. A refugee camp with latte. An odd camaraderie arose […]

Rosh Hashanah Message of Presence and Peace

As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, arrives, I feel the way I do when I practice pranayama: for just a moment, I feel suspended between inhale and exhale, between exhale and inhale. Rosh Hashanah invites us to spend time just that way, the old year behind us, the new year just ahead. We hover […]

Yoga And Spiritual … Jewelry ?

I recently wanted to reward myself with a “little something” for a job well done. And so, you might ask: What does a yoga teacher buy herself as a gift? Well, spiritual jewelry, of course! The Chopard diamond-encrusted OM pendant was out (WAY too blingy). But the red thread Me&Ro bracelet I found, with the […]

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