Why I’m (still) a Feminist: The Goddess and Yoga

Man is master by divine right; the fear of God will therefore repress any impulse towards revolt in the downtrodden female. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex 1949 It astonishes me that a well-respected yoga radio show recently spent a whole segment discussing whether God exists without once utilising the feminine pronoun. (Okay – perhaps…

In Defense of Magical Thinking: An Addendum

I want to leave a little postscript to my last post defending magical thinking. Not because people disagreed with me or accused me of idiocy – no, I was expecting that. I am writing this because I am disheartened by something else. I noticed that responses to my post fell into two camps. Magical thinkers…

Yoga & Magical Thinking: A Defense

Lets face it, when it comes to magical thinking, yoga people are some of the worst perpetrators around. Author and yogi Matthew Remski is right on the money when he observes “the facebook status updates that define yoga culture can be summed in one line. As I think so I shall be”. And while this…

The Yoga of Food: Spring Nettle Pie

“Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.”   Michael Pollan, The Omnivores Dilemma I am standing on the edge of a forest, my gumboots wedged in mud, the sun dappling the ground before me. There, standing in a warm mist, is the object of…

The Great Belly: A Yogini’s Lament

  Consider the poor belly, zipped up and girded, its protuberance detested. It is the underdog of the body yet hardly anyone comes to its defense – not even yogis. Just google “belly and yoga” and you’ll find hundreds upon hundreds of websites, classes and DVDs all devoted to blasting its fleshy folds to oblivion….

Numbskull: The Brain/Body Paradigm

“I am my head, but I own my body. ” Ken Wilbur, No Boundary Recently I was shocked when a yoga teacher I admired referred to her body as a  ‘meatsuit’. While her meaning was that her true self or being resided in spirit, her stark metaphor brought into high relief how great the mind/body…

The Sacred Spine: Our Axis Between Heaven and Earth

“If we look around us for a moment, we will find people everywhere with back problems; we live a one-sided life when we neglect the body and the spine.”  Judith Harris, “Jung and Yoga: The Psyche-Body Connection” Probably the most common injury/issue I deal with as a yoga teacher is low back pain. While there…