Ahimsa

Satsang: Exploring the Yamas (Ethical Rules) and Niyamas (Personal Conduct Practices) Ahimsa – by Mike McGhee Ahimsa commonly translates as “non-violence”, it leads the list of Yamas. Himsa being the opposite of Ahmisa,  means violence. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali states “all hostilities are given up in the presence of one who is firmly established in non-violence.” The interpretation goes on to say, “that if one attains perfection in non-violence anyone that even comes near that yogi becomes free from […]

Sutra Monthly: Single-Tasking

Sutra Monthly with Sherry Cassedy A monthly sampling from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra Single-Tasking: Cultivating Mindfulness in a Multi-Tasking World Tat pratishadartham eka tatva ‘bhyasah: practice on one principle. Our attention is increasingly pulled in many directions. Multi-tasking is a survival skill. Beeps and buzzes. Alerts and alarms. Our world is filled with constant reminders meant to grab our attention, to distract us from what we are doing, to refocus our awareness on some urgent message. I must admit that one […]

Satsang: for community & truth.

Satsang: for community & truth. By: Sherry Cassedy Monday morning just after the sun has cleared the horizon, I make the short walk to the studio. I notice the sunrise, whether it is muted by heavy overcast or striated with brilliant color across the morning sky. I reflect on its constancy and variation and will bring that to our morning offering. I turn the key in the simple lock and step into the warmth and calm light of Pleasure Point […]

Embracing Chores

Embracing Chores By: Aimee Joy Nitzberg The way I remember the Zen teaching, it goes like this: Before Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water After Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water I’ve shortened this down to one of my (sort of) slang mantras: chopping wood and carrying water. It reminds me to be present. My yoga practice relies on many different tools to practice increased presence and awareness. Asana is what started it all for me. Coming from an athletic […]

What is Yoga…Really?

What is Yoga…Really? by Ashlea Hartz, N.C., RYT When your friend asks you to join them for a yoga class you might jump with joy searching for your mat, or cringe at the mere thought of contorting your body into odd shapes with a room full of strangers. The practice of yoga can take on many forms here in the US, most of which would be unrecognizable to the ancient gurus of India where the science was first born. So […]

Holistic Nutrition Seminar

As we move deeper into the core of summer, we often reflect on the past and are asked to shed light on the dormant spaces within. This is a crucial time for transition, a natural occurrence in life, and we might find ourselves feeling the need to enlighten these spaces within us with change. Change is a scary word, but transitions in life are vital and will happen especially if they are needed dramatically. It is easy to get comfortable […]

Yoga, Wine, & Fundraiser benefiting Nepal – this weekend!

Our wonderful Lisa Krigsman of Pleasure Point Yoga connects with Wanderlust Events to bring you a local yoga event this weekend at Hallcrest Winery in Felton, Ca – Saturday June 20th. Aimee Joy Nitzberg will lead us through a sweet yoga flow from 11am to 12noon. Event includes light fare, wine, and raffle (including a free 4 day pass to Wanderlust -a $495 value). All proceeds go to One Heart World-Wide and Seva benefiting Nepal! Here Lisa writes of her […]

Eastern Insights: Oil Pulling

Eastern Insights: Oil Pulling Written by: Kayla Copeland There’s a lot of talk about oil pulling these days. It seems this age-old practice is making a come back & for good reason! Oil pulling is an oral hygiene technique which first originated over 3,000 years ago in India. The process is done by using a tablespoon of coconut oil (sesame and olive oil are also fine too) and swishing it in the mouth for 15-20 minutes (a minimum of 5 mins) pulling it […]

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion Tea By Shar’ron Strasser @themedicineshack Typically considered a weed or nuisance plant dandelions are actually often a overlooked food source. All parts of this plant are edible – including the flowers. This plant holds many vitamins and the flowers have antioxidant properties. The greens of the dandelion plant are edible raw and cooked. The roots can be cleaned and cut to use in Stir fry’s or dry them and use them in teas. This plant contains vitamins A, B, […]

3 Reasons Yoga Heals Lower Back Pain

By Arthur Coulston If you haven’t had lower back pain before, consider yourself very lucky. Most adults in the U.S. will suffer from lower back pain at some time in their life, many for years at a time. My suffering began at age 17 when I injured my back surfing. The doctor diagnosed it as a compressed L5 vertebral disc, prescribed me pain medication, and sent me off with the inspiring words “everybody’s back hurts”. Unsurprisingly this treatment failed to […]