Posts Tagged: yoga

Nothing to Gain and Everything to Lose

I was recently asked by someone wanting to try yoga for the first time: what could they gain from doing yoga? Indeed it is a practice that has a seemingly endless supply of lessons, revelations, insights, ways to open, stretch, and strengthen the body, and so much more. But really all of those benefits come about because of what has been removed, purified, let go of, or released.

Practice and all is going. With all due respect to Pattabhi Jois and his famous saying: Practice and all is coming, I find it particularly potent to notice instead what has gone as I traverse the path of pra

Letting Go

I recently had the opportunity to see the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India create a stunning sand mandala. They spent four days constructing the intricate masterpiece, and then swept it all up in a ceremony symbolizing impermanence. The tradition dates back centuries and reminds us that in life we can put our all into whatever we do and remain unattached to the permanence of a particular outcome; that nothing lasts forever and that letting go is a key component to working with the laws of nature.

But knowing when to let go is not always easy. Especially when it’s something we’ve poured our heart and soul into. There are times, though, when unden