1. Why I Still Practice Yoga After 20 Years

    This coming September will mark 20 years I’ve been practicing yoga.  Except for a 2-year period where I hit a major wall, said “I’m done. Fuck Yoga. I am going to play tennis, drink beer, watch tv and be a regular person”, I have practiced most everyday over this time.  After so many years and so many thousands of hours of practice, I figured it might be time to finally admit to myself w…Read More

  2. The Psoas is not the muscle of your F@#$%ING soul

    For years now I have seen different articles, books and advertisements stating that the psoas is the muscle of your soul.  Claims are being made that the psoas is the source of all back and hip pain and releasing it will cure your disc issue and heal your sciatica.  To some of these writers, it is also the main storehouse for your emotional issues and since it is where your fear, anxiety and dep…Read More

  3. Breath, Sports, and Consciousness

    About 4 years ago I was having a conversation with a friend who told me that the Navy teaches their soldiers to breathe in and out of their noses while they’re training. At first thought, I said, “That’s a mistake”, but as I thought about it more, I realized I couldn’t be more wrong. My initial thought came because in tennis we are taught to exhale out our mouths when we hit the ball. If…Read More

  4. The Glutes

    The Gluteus Maximus is part of our core stabilizing system.  It is supposed to be one of the strongest muscles in the body but due to our lifestyles and compensation patterns, this is often not the case.  Weak glutes can lead to back, hip, knee, neck pain and more.  Maintaining their functionality is of the utmost importance. The gluteus maximus originates from the upper posterior ilium and …Read More

  5. One Year Later

    It has been almost one year since BKS Iyengar passed and it has been one year since my last post.  When I wrote of his death and the beautiful ceremonies that took place in Pune, I had no idea I would not write again for this long.  It was only about one month ago that I first realized how long it had been. Being in Pune for Iyengar’s passing had a profound impact on my life.  As I look back…Read More

  6. The Passing Of Our Yoga Master

    I have been hesitant to write this, but as I have been in Pune for 3 months now and have been a part of the processions and celebration of Guruji BKS Iyengar, I feel a bit compelled to write and share what it has been like to be here. The day that Guruji passed was one of the most grief stricken, sacred, and heart felt days of my life.   I am still trying to process all that went on.  The gener…Read More

  7. Class With Abhi

    Today we had the honor of having women’s class with Abhijata.  It was a bit of a surprise as a different teacher started the class and only after about a minute of being in Ado Mukha Virasana did another voice emerge from the front of the hall.   People’s heads popped up and there was an immediate air of excitement in the room and a palpable deepening of the practitioner’s sincerity. Abhi…Read More

  8. The End Of Month Two

    I just finished my second month here at the Iyengar Institute in Pune.  With only one month left, I already feel tinges of sadness and fear, and the desire to stay for the rest of the year. I will have completed 3 months by the time I leave, have learned so much, and still have that feeling that it wasn’t nearly enough and I want so much more. The second month was completely different from the …Read More

  9. Backbends With Dave

    Without a doubt, my favorite part of the day is the self practice in the hall from 9-12.  After the 7-9 am class, I often leave, eat half a watermelon or a coconut, and get back to the hall by 9:30 for 2 1/2 hours of practice.   In some ways, even though there is no teacher, this block of time is like a master class all in itself.  To be surrounded by 60-80 practitioners, all practicing dilige…Read More

  10. A Yogic Journey

    Its 7am.  I am sitting in the yoga hall, sweat dripping down my back as Prashant enters to lead the opening chant.  He does it so matter of factly.  Nothing fancy at all.  As he speaks, I realize I can’t understand a word he is saying.  I start to panic and think,  “Shit, I really should have been listening to audio’s of his and Geeta’s so I can get used to their accents!”  I try …Read More

  11. Mobility VS. Stability: The Creation of a Healthy Joint

    Over the last year or two, the question of mobility vs. stability has taken rise within the therapy world.  Many argue that mobility must come first while others claim that if stability is not first established, mobility will lead to injury.  While its fun to debate and talk about these complex theories of healing one’s body, the truth is is that there is no one correct answer.  Not only is e…Read More

  12. Pain: Nuisance or Teacher?

    Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to deal with and face a great deal of pain.  When I tore my ACL, the physical agony I experienced was unlike any other I had ever had.  And then after surgery, the recovery was no joke.  My range of motion was drastically limited, the stability I had in my knee was minimal and I was faced with having to take care of my body in a way I never have be…Read More