Jail Yoga Program Expansion Part 1 – The 11 Karmic Spaces

I've been teaching yoga at the Dekalb County Jail since its inception in January 2008. I can't believe it's been 7 years! The yoga program is part of STOP – Substance Abuse Treatment Offenders  Program - a jail-based 90-day mandated program. In collaboration with the DeKalb ...


I’ve stopped assigning values to the walls and oddly shaped windows and big clanging locks. It is just halls and doors leading to people who want to learn yoga. The class has evolved into a beginner level asana class, with equal parts breath-work and meditation. We have spent t...

Singing with Monkeys – Yoga Alliance Scholarship Blog 4

When my daughter was little I used to say I could either take pictures of ‘the moment’ or be in the moment with her. I chose to experience the moment with her (and let the grandparents take lots of pictures) . . . As the year continues, I feel like the same thing is happening...

A Pilgrimage to Kashi – Yoga Alliance Scholarship Blog 3

[Because I have no words. Because I have too many.]
Pilgrimage: A seeker traveling to a known access point seeking interaction with the divine.
In Atlanta.
Water the garden, fold the blankets. Take care of the Mother. Share the teachings, the understandings of asana. Eat some peanut butter and jelly. Take care of the Mother. Fold the blankets, water the garden.pottedplant2
Read the words of the Bhagavad Gita. Twice, three times. Dharma. Is there really some spiritual purpose to this strange and winding road we call a life? . .  Meditate on that.
In Florida
Ride Baba’s breath in. Ride the breath out. Ride Baba’s breath and extend that into Vayu’s lift, a lift that infuses my entire asana practice with a quality of lightness, and yet, still my feet are on the ground, toes hooking into the earth. Chinnamasta . . . . space.
Visit Ma’s rooms and garden for the first time and feel the frisson, the purusha.  That essence. Let go of just a little bit more fear. Then lie down in the Dattatreya (recovering) for an hour. Sing kirtan, practice violin and open my bhakti heart, sing kirtan. Listen to the silent sound of Om reverberate out into the night.
Mahavidya labyrinth
Mahavidiya Labyrinth in Kashi FL

Walk the Mahavadiya maze and sit with Shiva. Circumambulation. Time at each of the shrines. Time well spent. Hanuman. Baba Siri Chand.

Baba Siri Chand Murti

Neem Karoli Baba. Buddha. Hanuman. Jesus. Mary. Kali.

Step into the Ganga. First my big toe, then my whole foot, up to my knees, over the hips up to the chest. Chin, eyes, crown of the head. Swimming in the essence of the Mother. What could be better?
Ride the Shakti (with Shakti Priya) all . . the . . . . way  . . . .back  . . . . . . to  . . . . . . Atlanta. . . .
Water the garden, fold the blankets. Take care of the Mother. Share the teachings, the understandings of asana. Eat some peanut butterPottedplant1 and jelly. Take care of the mother. Fold the blankets, water the garden.

Jacoby Ballard: Building a Welcoming Yoga Community

This article was originally published in the May 2015 print edition of Yoga Journal and is being reposted with permission. You can read the original article here. Jacoby Ballard completed our Classical Yoga Teacher Training course in 2004. He will be teaching a special Trans*...

YA Scholarship, Part 2: Finding My Voice / Hearing My Silence

Anticipation — The Journey [caption id="attachment_2134" align="alignright" width="211"] In the Ganga at Kashi Ashram, Sebastian, FL[/caption] Preparing for the first module of the 500-hour teacher training I was almost too busy to be nervous. So much work to put to bed (...

YA Scholarship, Part 1: Ego, Unworthiness, and Joy

Yoga Alliance Scholarship (Part 1) [one_half][/one_half] [one_half_last] The Scholarship The Yoga Alliance contacted me on December 11th and told me that my application for a scholarship to continue my 500-hour yoga teaching certification was one of two winners from across...

Saturday morning at the local Jail

I am fortunate to have the grace of coordinating our Jail Yoga Program. On Saturday, November 22, 2014 I had the privilege of meeting the next group of ladies in the STOP program. Walking through the metal detector, the alarm went off and I quickly realized it was my shoes. The s...

Filling up at the Spiritual Banquet

It is a familiar refrain you hear early on in spiritual life: it’s the human condition to experience suffering. There’s no getting around this. The question I now ponder is, can we change our experience of suffering such that we do not suffer as acutely or even as often? I r...