lhasa, tibet

Lhasa, literally Palace of the Gods, is the capital city of Tibet. Re-stated with current political accuracy,  it is the administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. An offense to many. It is the second largest city in the country and lies in the centre of the Tibetan Plateau. At an altitude …

protect your wrists

By nature, our wrists are particularly prone to injury. Learn how to protect them in your practice. If your yoga practice involves moving into and out of Downward-Facing Dog Pose and Chaturanga Dandasana, wrist pain may be a current or looming problem. I teach workshops internationally to teachers and students who are serious about improving their …

tibetan doors

Tibet has the best doors in the world! These people are not afraid of color and their door knockers are unapologetically extravagant. At odds with their humble, non-attachment Buddhist lifestyle in a way, doors all over the country demand to be noticed. From palace doors like these at The Summer Palace in Lhasa, to the …

heating up your yoga practice: understanding tapas

Westerners often think of Patanjali as the Father of Yoga, but this title rightly belongs to the solar spirit. Reiterating ancient Vedic teachings, the Bhagavad Gita (4.1) refers to the solar spirit, called Vivasvat, as the primordial teacher of ancient yoga. And since tapas is at the heart of all yogic disciplines, the solar spirit (not to be confused with …

yoga for grief

When someone is grieving, they need comfort and help dealing with what has happened. They need a way to find peace. Yoga can help. Far from being a simple exercise to improve flexibility, yoga is an all-encompassing way to heal and improve. This includes meditation and physical, mental, and spiritual therapy. Here are eight ways …