Philosophy

Time

May 20, 2018 Opinion, Philosophy

My daily Mysore practice with Satinder Khalsa this month has me rethinking my relationship with time. More specifically, I’ve been asking why time is so important to me. I am realizing there has never been a point in my adult life where there’s not been a quiet sense of urgency. It’s always there in the background, just below the surface. A sense that time is fleeting. Time is of the essence. There is no time to spare. There is noRead More

Fence Sitting: Capitalism versus the Eight-Fold Path

April 28, 2018 Opinion, Philosophy

One of the great joys of practicing Ashtanga at Casa Bagus are the group discussions afterwards. The shala provides an inviting gathering space where we talk about all sorts of topics from anatomy, postures, philosophy and current events. We learn so much from each other through these impromptu discussions. Indeed, within these interactions lies the spirit of yoga itself. One question came up recently that’s been on my mind for some time: Can we find balance between our materialistic, consumerRead More

Collective Yoga

March 11, 2018 Opinion, Philosophy

I had this wonderful thought coming out of Savasana at yesterday’s morning Mysore practice. It was more of a sensation than a formal thought. It was a physical realization that this experiment we call St. Louis Ashtanga Yoga (SLAY) is actually a collective, a cooperative, something new in the world of modern posture yoga I believe (at least new to me). We could not have planned this tribe if we wanted to. We evolved from a rather odd chain ofRead More

The Paradox of Choice

March 5, 2018 Opinion, Philosophy

The inability to commit to one path for fear of choosing the wrong path causes one to choose no path at all. When there is an abundance of choice a kind of paralysis can set in. It’s the paradox of choice. This insight is what bubbled up for me at the recent Govinda Kai intensive in STL. It reminds me of the old Rush lyric, “If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.” I’m choosing notRead More