Anandamayi Ma, Ecstatic Saint

Anandamayi Ma, Ecstatic Saint

The Living Kali “Jo ho jaye.” Whatever comes to pass, let it be. This week we’ll take a break from serious yoga teachings to spotlight another authentic Guru that I am very fond of. Born in 1896, Anandamayi Ma became one of India’s most revered saints. Ananda means...
Alignment of Practice, View, and Goal

Alignment of Practice, View, and Goal

Alignment of our Underlying Philosophy of Yoga and Why it Matters For a spiritual path to be effective, there should be an alignment of View, Practice, and Goal. Since I often mention that Mahāsāra Meditation draws from both the Shaiva Tantra and Advaita Vedanta...
Loneliness is No Match for Meditation

Loneliness is No Match for Meditation

Meditation Will Shatter Your Loneliness As human beings, we have a natural aversion to loneliness. We avoid it as much as possible or only tolerate it in small doses. This behavior is normal and driven in part by a biological imperative: if we weren’t hardwired to...
Living in the Moment is a Half-Teaching

Living in the Moment is a Half-Teaching

How Living in the Moment Won’t Free Our Mind Living in the moment. It sounds so easy. At some point or another, a well-meaning friend might give us advice along the lines that we should try to live in the moment. The implication is that we can unburden ourselves...
Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation

Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation

Download a PDF Copy of Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation: A Short Guide Not yet in our the mailing list? Be the first to receive new blog articles, special offers, and news of my live teaching events. As a welcome gift, you can download the full PDF version of...
Patañjali Did Not Teach Hatha Yoga

Patañjali Did Not Teach Hatha Yoga

Om. Vande Gurunam Caranaravinde Sandarsita Svatma Sukhava…. If you practice Ashtanga Yoga, the school of postural yoga founded by Pattabhi Jois, you’ve probably chanted the opening mantras dedicated to Patañjali at the start of each class. This dedication is a...

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