Advice From Dionysus

I’m always interested in the etymology of names and often wonder if the name informs the personality and who the person becomes or if there’s something more cosmic woo-woo where the name was predestined for the person. In any event, my name comes from Dionysus; god of fertility and wine. I love me some wineContinue reading “Advice From Dionysus”

Big Snow Little Snow, Little Snow Big Snow

Growing up, my Dad, an engineer who wore a pocket protector for most of his professional life and tried to teach us all how to use a slide rule (to varying degrees of success), would offer little maxims as guidance. For instance, when we might have been frustrated with people or situations, he would pullContinue reading “Big Snow Little Snow, Little Snow Big Snow”

Look Better Naked

Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.   ~Pema Chödrön I’ve been guiding yoga classes at David Barton Gyms in New York for a while now. David Barton Gym has been a fixture in New York for years; first in aContinue reading “Look Better Naked”

Life Out of Balance

I’ve been playing a good bit of Philip Glass in my classes recently. If you’re familiar with Glass’ music, it can be downright tedious at times…foreboding in others. Quite frankly, I’m not sure most people would think it belongs in a yoga class. But I’m not most people. What I’ve long loved about his piecesContinue reading “Life Out of Balance”

The Observer…and the Observed

“An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. ‘Can they be brought together?’ This is a practical question. We must get down to it. ‘I despise intelligence’ really means: ‘I cannot bearContinue reading “The Observer…and the Observed”

Control

“We all dread the helplessness of losing control, and yet real freedom lies in recognizing the futility of demanding that life be within our control. Instead, we must learn the willingness to feel—to say yes to—the experience of helplessness itself. This is one of the hidden gifts of serious illness or loss. It pushes usContinue reading “Control”