Ask the Yogi: Teaching Jobs and Competition

Ask The Yogi Teaching Jobs and Competition Q. The competition for classes to teach appears to be intense, people who were your friend before you were qualified to teach a class, suddenly are no longer friendly when you can teach the classes that they do.  Sure, everyone has to make a living but we thought being yogis would make us …

Ask the Yogi: Pranayama and Metabolism

Ask The Yogi Pranayama and Metabolism Q.  I have heard that starting the day with breakfast is needed to get the metabolism going… My question is around getting the metabolism going with breath work.  Would the metabolic system increase in activity in the same fashion as with breakfast (I am thinking of a breatharian, too.)  I think that beginning the …

Ask The Yogi: Panic Attacks

Ask The Yogi Q: I have suddenly started to experience some very annoying and hindering panic attacks. There should be no apparent reason for this, as I am doing what I love (teach keep fit and dance) and generally feel quite happy with myself but somewhere along my way I have lost all confidence in myself and forever worry about …

Ask the Yogi: Love in Sanskrit

Q. What is “Love” in Sanskrit? A. Your question about what love is in Sanskrit intrigued me a bit.  So I looked at an online dictionary and found that, in addition to bhakti, there are literally over a hundred entries!  I thought of Eskimos and how many different words they had for snow, describiing the subtle nuances and differences and thought …

Ask the Yogi: Round Back in Forward Bends

Ask the Yogi: Round Back in Forward Bends Ask The Yogi Q:  My back always rounds in forward bends.  Is this a problem? A:  A round back in forward bends can be the result of several different forces.  Tight shoulders, “armored” thoracic spine, weak lower back or abdominal wall and the most common causes of tight hips or hamstrings.  Usually a …

Ask The Yogi: Follow Your Dharma

Follow Your Dharma: The Difference Between Quitting and Surrender By Jeff Martens In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna rides with his chariot driver Krishna (an avatar or God incarnate) into a no-man’s land between two vast armies about to wage war.  After seeing friends, teachers, family cousins and brothers arrayed on both sides of the battlefield, Arjuna, the greatest archer of his …

Ask the Yogi: Fate vs Freewill

Ask The Yogi Fate vs Freewill in the Bhagavad Gita Q. In several places the Bhagavad Gita seems to embrace the doctrine of determinism; it’s as though whatever action you take is, ultimately, the only action you could have taken. So, if this is the case, what is the motivation to act according to Krishna’s teachings? That is, if whatever …

Ask the Yogi: Fasting and Exercise

Ask The Yogi Fasting and Exercise Q.  My husband and I are going to do the Stanley Burroughs Master Cleanse.  We started once last year but only made it through 2 days.  Tried to do it while camping …  bad idea  :o} I am wondering if you have known of anyone else who has done this?  I understand from the …

Ask the Yogi: Downward Dog

Ask the Yogi: Downward Dog Ask The Yogi Q:  How do I get my heels down in downward dog? A:  Adho Mukha Svanasana or downward facing dog is one of the most comon yoga postures practiced in class.  It can also be one of the most challenging… Downward-Facing Dog is particularly challenging to new students because it works alomost every part of …

Ask The Yogi: Relax Like the Dead

Ask The Yogi Savasana by Michele Dante Question: “I find corpse pose to be the hardest for me to practice. My mind races, thoughts come and go, music is in my head, and so I find it very difficult to concentrate on the sensation of the breath and deep realxation. Is there something you can recommend that will help me?” …