Category Archives: yoga

Prison Yoga Teachers 

I have recently been honored to serve on the board of the Daya Foundation a small non-profit in Portland Oregon founded by visionary yoga teacher and tireless advocate for justice Sarahjoy Marsh. DAYA stands for Devoloping Accessible Yoga Alternatives. Daya … Continue reading

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Mind and Body

There are more things under heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.  W. Shakespeare in “Hamlet”   Even in the modern world among scientists and scientifically oriented physicians, belief systems play a controlling role in our … Continue reading

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Memory

Our memories are a main aspect of our identity. In the science fiction classic Blade Runner the replicant Rachel , and later Decker explore the limits of memory and the role that memory plays in our self identity. Just as … Continue reading

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No App For Happiness

Yoga guru and writer Max Strom has published a new book, No App For Happiness: How to Avoid a Near Life Experience, Skyhorse Publishing, 2013. Based on his TED talk in 2010, this important work offers incisive insights into the … Continue reading

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Intervention

This Tuesday night I had a rare and memorable experience, a feeling that I had brushed up against an external force unseen but protectively present. It was Emma’s Tuesday night Ashtanga guided primary series class. I was set up as … Continue reading

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Relaxation Response and Changes in Gene Expression

The Relaxation Response was described by Harvard University physician Herbert Benson in a 1975 best-selling book of the same name. The Relaxation Response or RR is the physiological opposite of the stress response, and Benson argued is as fundamental to … Continue reading

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Yoga and Gene Expression

I have practiced yoga nearly daily for the past 4 years. I have seen the effect that this has made in my own life both physically and psychologically. Yoga was the cornerstone of my recovery from cervical disc rupture and … Continue reading

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