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    Taking Away Attention, Taking Away Power

    “If you don’t like something, take away its only power, your attention.” -Anon Sounds nice huh? Yes, on one level this is true, but most people who say it, are not on that level. For most, it is simply spiritual bypassing and highly problematic. And often, a seemingly polite way of saying, “not my circus, not my monkeys”. Let me demonstrate. Picture yourself going to a loved one with an issue, if they looked at you and said, “I am not giving this my attention or power”, how would you feel? Would that be cool? You: “Are you cheating on me? Your partner: “I don’t like this conversation and I…

  • Uncategorized,  Yoga Philosophy,  Yoga Sutras

    Activism in Yoga

      Activism is built into Yoga.  They are called the yamas and niyamas. Racist? Follow Ahimsa(non harming Like to have sex with your students? Bhramacharya (self control) Doing unethical stuff to make money?  Aparigraha (non greed) Show off? Santosha (contentment) Yoga is intended to be taught as a system that combines ethics, practice, discipline, study and surrender. The minimum result of yoga is you become a decent human being.   Use the system of yoga to the maximum, you get enlightenment.  The minimum is not asana.   It is easy to do asana and be a jerk. It is easy to do asana and not be a decent person.  You just treat…