What is dis-ease? What is healing?

by Jeff Martens Ghosts in the Attic Boo! Ghosts can seem frightening as a child. Most adults can easily dismiss such fears. But what if that ghost is you? When you are not yourself who are you?  The unreal is a fabrication, an illusion or projection.  Your ego is a ghostly apparition supported by past suffering that turns into fearful expectations.  Your …

The Blob: Who Do I Think I AM?

by Jeff Martens In 1958 the classic camp horror movie The Blob depicted a gelatinous morphing glob shape-shifting space jelly that grew at an alarming rate by absorbing everything in its path.  Our ego is a “Phantom Self”.  Like the Blob or a phantom limb it is illusory and functions asa container for our (much coveted) misery.  When we perceive the world …

Cockroaches and Felons

By Maya Jones (editor note: Maya is a long-time employee and co-creator at Inner Vision Yoga) The practice of yoga invites us to recognize the divinity in all life. Each time we place our hands together at our heart center, bow our heads, and speak the word Namaste, we remind ourselves to honor the Divine within as well as the …

Wanting To Be Less Important

by Jeff Martens I want to be less important so that I may have more time. The busier I am the more important I am. And everybody knows that I am very very very VERY important. Therefore I must be busy. Nobody else can do things as well as I can so I must be busy. The busier I am …

The Greatest Gift

by Jeff Martens      There is a man, an Israeli named Ronny Edry who along with many others in Israel, was living in fear. Each day is supposed to be the last day to do something about an impending war looming with Iran. Each country supposedly has targeted thousands upon thousands of missiles at the other.  It seemed that …

Student Essay: Two Trees

By Nasim Nourian (Nasiim is a long-time regular practitioner of Yoga at IVY and in her daily life -JM) There used to be two big beautiful healthy trees outside my windows.  In nice days, I would keep the front door open and bask in the pleasant shade these two trees provided for me.  I liked listening to the gentle breeze …

Cloud Atlas

Residual Afflictions give rise to root actions experienced as the self in present or future births. – Yoga Sutra 2.12 I thought for sure Tom Hanks was going to ruin this movie. Though he did wonderfully in Saving Private Ryan, Hanks’ “Gump-ishness” seemed too light a feather to be set in the wings of such an epic yarn.  Luckily he …

Groupthink: Yoga, Fear and Evolution

by Jeff Martens Have you ever seen a Tiger’s extended claws up close and truly admired the lethal sharpness of them?  How about a Wolf’s canines?  Not a dog, or a huskie breed but a full-blown wolf’s fangs that have no resemblance whatsoever to a domestic dog’s incisors ground down by regular meals of kibble?  Have you ever seen firsthand …

Another You

by Jeff Martens After traveling billions of miles from its initial launch in 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is nearing the edge of our solar system and moving into interstellar space.  Voyager took 35 years to travel this far at nearly 40,000 miles per hour, yet if the spacecraft could have travelled at the speed of light this journey would …