Why Mysore?

Mysore style practice is a specific way of learning Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. It involves one-on-one instruction in a group format, but the class is not led by the teacher. Rather, students practice at their own pace and the teacher goes from student to student assisting each individually…

Tips for Teens: Talking to Your Parents So They Will Listen

There are plenty of teenagers out there who feel like their parents don’t listen to them. It can seem hopeless – like they just don’t get it. If this sounds familiar to you, here are some tips about how to talk to parents so you are more likely to be heard. Regularly initiate communication with your parents – not just when you want…

Antidotes for Afflictive Emotions Part II: Acceptance

In this multi-part blog post series, we having been exploring afflictive (or disturbing) emotions and more helpful ways we can relate to them.  In Part I, we discussed how courage, compassion and wisdom help us respond more skillfully so that suffering is reduced.  In Part II we will talk about acceptance, which is allowing (rather than avoiding,…

Managing Impulsive Behavior

Do you or a loved one have a pattern of reacting quickly before really thinking things through, only to later experience regret or other unpleasant consequences? Impulsive behavior can include relatively minor annoyances like talking out of turn or jumping the gun to more serious problems like taking dangerous risks or acting out destructively on…

Antidotes for Afflictive Emotions Part I: Courage, Compassion & Wisdom

In this multi-part blog post series, we will explore afflictive (or disturbing) emotions and look at more helpful ways to approach them. Afflictive emotions are feelings that create suffering like anger, hatred, greed, fear, lust, jealousy, and even passion.  They are usually accompanied by physical sensations as well as habitual patterns of thinking and responding that only serve to intensify the…

Even Amidst Tragedy, “All That We Are Arises With Our Thoughts”

When it comes to tragedy, loss or unexpected death (such as by accident, suicide, acts of violence, or natural disaster), our focus is naturally drawn toward what has been lost.  In our shock and sadness, we find ourselves spending countless hours wondering why and speculating about how something like this could happen.  It is also common in…