What is OM?

Our third paper for yoga teacher training was about OM.  Here, I share my answer with you. What is OM?  What has your experience of it been?  Explain its mystical significance in your own words.  Provide one example of how you would introduce it to a class. OM is the universal sound.  It represents what is known and what is unknown.  It exemplifies the connection of all parts of life, and all lives, and the greater force (whatever that might be).  As such, it makes an excellent way to begin and end a yoga class, to surround the practice dedicated … Continue reading

Human Systems Theory and Yoga Philosophy

In my interpersonal and family communication classes, I always teach about human systems theory.  I’m a fan of this approach, because it resonates with  me and because it makes sense in the context of communication.  It’s been very interesting, as I’m reading more and more about yoga philosophy, to see how connected the two sets of ideas are.  Really, they say largely the same thing, just with a different set of foci and different terminology.  In this post, I consider the five basic principles of human systems theory and relate them to what I have been reading about the philosophy … Continue reading

Upward Facing Dog on My Mat

We celebrated our daughter’s 16th birthday today with a hayride, pumpkin picking, caramel apple making, and dinner at Benihana.  So, I got back too late to go to my usual Sunday night Yin class.  After I digested, however, it seemed like a pretty good opportunity for a gentle home practice, and my younger (10) daughter was looking at a loss about what to do, so I invited her to join me – which was good, because it made me less self-conscious about speaking through the poses. We started with a short seated meditation.  At this point, one of our dogs, … Continue reading