The Paradox of Bikram: A Response to "Bikram: Yoga, Guru, Predator"
Bikram yoga practice is an antidote to disconnection (and polarity) especially the kind currently pervading within many of us and in modern social life.
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 at … Continue reading WHAT is Self-Study for Self-Realization?
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 notes … Continue reading In Memory of a Bikram Yogi
"Learning to be with one’s vulnerability and practicing ways to transform it for wellness is an important part of the process of self-realization and self-actualization."
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
Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self Study Guide For Wellness AVAILABLE NOW AT AMAZON
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 has … Continue reading Self Realization
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
"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 overwhelmed … Continue reading Podcast 011: Teri Almquist
"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 and … Continue reading Podcast: The Call of the Wild with exotic animal handler, Niki Cesar Tracchia
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 and … Continue reading Who am I?
“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 know … Continue reading Calling a Spade a Spade
"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 them … Continue reading Tough-Love Lessons of Bikram Yoga
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 let … Continue reading Learning to Unlearn