Carrying On in the Face of Death and Life and Beauty

Carrying On in the Face of Death and Life and Beauty

Every breath is a gift. This exquisite life is nothing short of terrifyingly beautiful. Not beautiful in the sense of pretty and nice but beautiful in the sense of pure beauty like an artist might try to depict: mysterious, transcendent, light, dark, abject but alluring, true. True like the dying process. True like the only thing we will ever know for certain, that we will all one-day die. 

Can Shamanism Make Us Better Yoga Teachers?

Can Shamanism Make Us Better Yoga Teachers?

In our most recent episode of Talking Yoga, master teacher Kelly Morris describes the impact of shamanistic healing practices on her own life and her role as a yoga instructor.

Yoga Teachers: What are you learning from your students?

Yoga Teachers: What are you learning from your students?

In our recent episode with Rodney Yee, one of the most thought-provoking subjects he talks about with host Zubin Shroff has to do with his role as a teacher. I’m talking about when Rodney answers Zubin’s question, “What do you learn from your students.”

Yoga – My Tangled Path Back to Myself

Yoga – My Tangled Path Back to Myself

This is the part of the story, where I’m supposed to tell you about how the clouds parted, the birds sang, and I fell in love with yoga. Truthfully, I hated literally every second of my first class. 

Are you confusing self with ego?

Are you confusing self with ego?

In our most recent episode of Talking Yoga, our host, Colleen Saidman Yee, asks master teacher Ramanand Patel a question from one of our fans: “What is the most precious thing you learned from Mr. Iyengar.

Do you own your past?

Do you own your past?

Do you own your past? Not just the mistakes, but everything that you’ve done to bring you to this moment on your life’s journey? Master teacher Seane Corn does, with one exception: she doesn’t consider what she’s done a mistake.

What Brought You to Yoga?

What Brought You to Yoga?

We’re in the midst of a blossoming of interest in yoga around the world, but especially here in the U.S. For some practitioners, yoga will become a framework for their lives and through which they will relate to the world. For others, it will be a fad, a temporary stop in their quest to find something that’s missing in their lives, but ultimately, one which requires more effort and commitment than they are willing to put in.

What Is that Thing that Makes You Come Alive?

What Is that Thing that Makes You Come Alive?

What is that thing that makes you come alive? In the case of master teacher Kathryn Budig, it was the story of the Greek goddess Artemis that served as a powerhouse for her life. In tomorrow’s episode of Talking Yoga, Kathryn tells host Colleen Saidman Yee about how she grew up loving Artemis – the “Tomboy of the gods” – who defied all the rules, never married, and became an inspiration for generations of empowered women throughout the ages.

Can You Accept Your Imperfections?

Can You Accept Your Imperfections?

The internet is filled with pretty pictures of shapely yogis doing poses in beautiful surroundings. And there is certainly a place for that in the blossoming conversation about yoga happening right now.

But is that all there is to yoga? Of course not. 

What would you ask Professor John Campbell about Yoga?

What would you ask Professor John Campbell about Yoga?

Very few of us will ever get to study at the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center, founded by master Ashtanga yoga teacher Dr. John Campbell, Ph.D. But in this episode of Talking Yoga, we get the chance to sit in on one of his classes, so to speak. It’s as if the very questions host Beryl Binder Birch asks John were asked by his students, rather than members of the Talking Yoga community.