Thoughts on the Teacher-Student Relationship

In the days following Michelle Goldberg’s expose for Slate Magazine concerning allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct at Jivamukti Yoga, a lot of debate and discussion has taken place on the Internet. Many teachers and students are genuinely trying to grapple with what happened and think and speak carefully about it. But there are also…

Self Portrait for my Students

I am a political theorist by training and a runner by choice, both of which are uninteresting features of my identity independent of this fact: I strongly reject the notion that either my body or my mind constitutes my Self. My true nature is Love, as is yours. Although I have a body and a…

Reflections on Kindness and the Discipline of Yoga

 samniyama-indriya-gramam / sarvatra sama-buddhayah, te prapnuvanti mam eva / sarva-bhuta-hite ratah Those who are able to control their senses, have equanimity of mind and rejoice in contributing to the welfare of all creatures are dear to me. Bhagavad Gita XII.4 This month my holy teachers have chosen the relationship between inner-peace and outward kindness as the…

Light in Darkness

Maitri—adishu—balani (YS, III. 23) Through friendless, kindness, and compassion, strength comes. Many of us are very grateful that this week has drawn to a close. It has been a difficult week. And it will no doubt be marked for a long time to come by the terror, violence and fear that gripped so many Americans…

On Yoga, Easter, and Death

I’ve been thinking about death a lot this month. Not in a morose way (no one likes a sad-faced yogi!) but in an uplifting sort of way. What might it mean to look upon death in an uplifting way? And what in the world does death have to do with the practice of yoga? For…

The Lenten Season

Lent is a time when Christians prepare for Easter. It is a time of going inward, reflecting on the suffering of Christ and of others, and examining our own conscience. Yet, as my priest Father James likes to say, “Lent is not about you. It’s about God.” Lent is a time for renewing our commitment…

Satsang and Freedom

Satsang and Freedom This holiday season we are invited to spend time with those we love and care about. Sure, there is much shopping to be done, and gift giving and receiving to do. But we are supposed to set aside petty differences and our selfish wants and carve out time to give to others.…