Sadhana

Saraswati Fire Puja

I have been the head pujari (one who does puja or moving prayer) of Kashi Atlanta for many years. My hands-down favorite ritual or ceremony is Fire Puja. It is an ancient ritual dating back anywhere between 5,000 and 30,000 years, depending on the source. We do this puja to tran...

Keeping Cool with Pranayama

There's no question that it's hot out there. Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is reaching its climax. The high temperatures can bring with them all sorts of unpleasantness for our minds and bodies. Headaches, fatigue, agitation and even dizziness can plague us during this ...

Connecting with Swami Nityananda

This summer I’m connecting with the Indian saint Swami Nityananda and teaching a series of poses devoted to him that my guru Ma Jaya taught us in her Kali Natha Yoga teacher training. Bhagawan Nityananda is a pretty famous teacher in the yoga world. He left his body in 1961 and...

My Spiritual Growth

I first heard of Jaya Devi in 2002. I was talking with a massage client about my life growing up with a spiritual mother and feeling a longing to find my own path. I was raised Catholic and although I never liked the "rules" and "regulations" I loved the ritual and the uncondit...

The 90% Solution

I spent the first few years of my yoga practice competing with myself and everyone else in the room, and sacrificed postures right and left in an attempt to get my nose to my knee. If you do that now, let me save you two years of missed yoga joy with the advice: Don’t Bother! ...

Sadhana

I’ve learned the hard way that sadhana is just something I have to do if I want to achieve my personal goals. It’s really not more complicated than that. That said, the passion I have for my sadhana waxes and wanes. After a recent wane that lasted weeks(!) and a few dry mo...

You Can be Free No Matter What

Every time I walk into the Dekalb County Jail to teach yoga I have a major shift in perspective.  My sense of gratitude is full and deep. I become REALLY grateful for the little things; like my watch (the inmates are not allowed to know what time it is), and my apple cinnamon ca...

The art of teaching Kids Yoga

Marr-Teen Guy is our Kids Yoga teacher here at Kashi Atlanta. I recently spoke with her about the Kids Yoga program. You could hear the enthusiasm and love in her voice. Not only does she enjoy bringing the experience of yoga to them, she loves spending time with the children and...

Can yoga make you a better runner?

At least once a week a fellow runner says, “Oh yeah I should probably go to your yoga class sometime. I need to stretch.” While I appreciate the sentiment, I always find myself explaining that yoga is so much more than stretching and actually makes you a better runner. Fit...