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Is alone-ness the same as loneliness?

Is alone-ness the same as loneliness? What ate Janis Joplin? And what has it to do with finding in ones heart the heart of all beings? Why is the mystic the true friend and why being all-one enables you to commune with others out of freedom rather than out of need. And how does it relate to Yoga Sutra II.25?

You Were Born to Gaze at the Stars, Saving Your Neck – Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at some of the biomechanics of neck problems and especially how to eliminate unnecessary tension in our neck when weight-bearing on our hands. In yoga asanas we commonly take our head back, extending our head and neck. Students are often cautious and hold back with this movement, concerned that it may hurt their neck. However, our necks are perfectly designed that we can gaze at the stars with wonder and delight! […]

Balancing Active Asanas with Passive Asanas, Does that Work?

Yoga is beautifully set up with a balance between energetic, extrovert practices such as asana and kriya and introspective, introvert practices such as meditation and pranayama. Even with pranayama itself such a balance can be achieved by breathing more through the left or right nostril respectively. Nowadays, because our society suffers from increased extroversion (result of too much prana in Pingala – right nostril) the most extravert aspect of yoga (asana- posture) has acquired much fame. If only asana is practiced then the tendency towards extraversion is increased […]

The End of the Guru Part 3

In the wake of the Anusara-, Kausthub Desikachar-, Bikram-, and Satyananda lineage scandals I am asking myself why so many gurus in the last 40 years have been deconstructed? Does this mean that gurus have always behaved like this or has something fundamentally changed? And why are spiritual teachers now possibly needed more than ever before?