Your Body Your Self

In the Workout Within blog series, I ask you, reader, to take time to consider one question. I ask you to go within to sense, feel, and think deeply about this question. Contemplate, meditate, and be with the question in your own way to see what you can learn about who you are.   QUESTION: HowContinue reading “Your Body Your Self”

WHAT is Self-Study for Self-Realization?

Q & A WHAT the hell is Self-Study for Self-Realization? WHY to Self-Study to Self-Realize? HOW to Self-Study to Self-Realize?   This little gem below attempts to give answers to the questions in detail and provides you with directions and activities to get your started knowing yourself better, but you can take a look atContinue reading “WHAT is Self-Study for Self-Realization?”

In Memory of a Bikram Yogi

These are words I prepared to memorialize the passing of one of the members of our Bikram Yoga community, Ray Chasse. Rest in peace, Ray. Thanks for being here in our very special community to honor and remember Ray. I am going to read something I put together for this occasion drawn from some notesContinue reading “In Memory of a Bikram Yogi”

Yoga is Union

A complete education is about wholeness and wellness. Study yourself and be your own best teacher, to connect with, love, and care for yourself. #doyouryoga

Self Realization

Over the past couple of years, I have written about everything I have directly experienced in my own life as well as the wisdom I have received from great mentors both ancient and modern, from East and West, about the interesting process of self realization, self actualization, and wellness. Much of my personal evolution hasContinue reading “Self Realization”

Adventures in Learning Familiar & Foreign

I have heard Joe Rogan interview Jordan Peterson many times, so often that I was reluctant to listen to them talk again.  As I plugged in my headphones and headed out the door on my usual morning walk with my fantastic dog, Finn, I asked myself, what else can I possibly learn from these guys?Continue reading “Adventures in Learning Familiar & Foreign”

Podcast 011: Teri Almquist

  “Every student deserves a good teacher, every teacher deserves the opportunity to be a great teacher”  -Teri Almquist     Building an inner connection with yourself isn’t easy. This union, or yoga, is hard work. It’s about  trust–first in a teacher when you don’t yet know how to trust yourself and you are overwhelmedContinue reading “Podcast 011: Teri Almquist”

Podcast: The Call of the Wild with exotic animal handler, Niki Cesar Tracchia

“All good things are wild & free” -Henry David Thoreau Niki tells her story about traveling across the landscapes of nature– as avid hiker/outdoor enthusiast, wolf-advocate (yes, they need our help!), Bikram yogi, and exotic animal handler. After a not-so-great, though sadly typical, experience with public high “schooling,” Niki blossomed into an avid learner andContinue reading “Podcast: The Call of the Wild with exotic animal handler, Niki Cesar Tracchia”

Who am I?

My previous “Calling a Spade a Spade” post is about telling the truth–– something our world desperately needs at this exact moment in time. Each of us has to talk about the truth, within our seemingly small and insignificant spheres of life, however uncomfortable or however much it may threaten our reputations.  Our integrity andContinue reading “Who am I?”

Calling a Spade a Spade

“To Err is human; to forgive, divine”—Alexander Pope Softening, or “pussification,” as the late, great comedian George Carlin defined it, is destroying the integrity of authentic learning. When people fuck with the integrity of the learning process, when they weaken it and make it soft, it corrupts individuals and society far more than we knowContinue reading “Calling a Spade a Spade”

Tough-Love Lessons of Bikram Yoga

“We students (and future teachers) needed to learn how to be “unknowing,” to embrace beginner’s mind, become skilled followers; we were being asked to suspend our authoritarian ways of thinking to become humble, open, and flexible enough to learn about yoga postures and anatomy and mostly ourselves. How can you understand others or help themContinue reading “Tough-Love Lessons of Bikram Yoga”

Learning to Unlearn

It was in the hot room at a Bikram yoga studio, standing directly under the bright lights, in front of the mirrors, trying to balance, in silence, everyday, for 90 minutes, where I learned the art of unlearning. I learned to let go. A vital aspect of learning is unlearning. Unlearning is intending to letContinue reading “Learning to Unlearn”

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