backed up by science: sutra 3.37 on inner sense

backed up by science: sutra 3.37 on inner sense

I am something of a scientific study geek. I love reading reports of their methods and findings! There’s often some little tidbit that makes me think a little differently about the world, ever widening my perspective. You can image my double-excitement when Sara Lazar’s study on meditation reported showing an increase in grey matter inread more

an equation to live by

an equation to live by: thoughts, feelings, actions

You’re practicing observing your thoughts. Maybe you’re recognizing the power of thinking. But how exactly do thoughts lead to action? Remember Newton and the roughly equal force (F) of sudden (high a) vs. daily (high m) thoughts? Well, if fundamental physics got us to the idea of the thoughts having power (F), it was the algebra that helped us understand the different ways thoughtsread more

you can get on board with the power of thinking

you can get on board with the power of thinking

There’s a powerful force in your life. Your thoughts. (Missed my email on how to start observing your thoughts? View it here and then sign up below to catch the next one!) If your thoughts create palpable force, then perhaps we can draw in a little help from our old pal Newton to understand how thinking works… Iread more

how to observe your gait and move better

how to observe your gait and move better

Have you ever started to observe your gait and got lost in the rhythm of your stride? I love that a simple walk can lead to meditative focus in the mind. Mind you, it’s not my entry point for meditation, because rather than being lulled into focus, I spend every second analyzing the myriad details ofread more

manage your hunger in 3 steps: sutra 3.31

3 steps to manage hunger sensation: sutra 3.31 on controlling hunger

Do you ever feel the need to manage your hunger? Amazingly enough, there’s a sutra for that! As with last week, this week’s sutra instructs you to meditate on your subtle body to overcome the drives of your physical body. Now, first, I think it’s worth mentioning why this sutra even exists. Not that I knowread more

how to start observing your breath and breathe easier

how to start observing your breath and breathe easier

Last week, I guided my email subscribers to spend the week observing their breath. (Want in? Sign up below!) Why would you want to spend time observing your breath? Because there’s strong evidence linking breath quality to physical, mental, and emotional health. And then there’s my own experience. Being “in charge” of my breath has changed. my. life.  If you’re new to observingread more

what does it mean to know your body? sutra 3.30 on navel gazing

what does it mean to know your body? sutra 3.30 on navel gazing

The next several sutras direct the yogi’s attention to her subtle body. By meditating on specific energy centers (part of the subtle or energy body), the yogi can get to know her physical body. Sutra 3.30 highlights an energy center that’s situated near the navel. Meditate on this center to discover the mysteries of your own physiology. sutra 3.30read more

is yoga a science? sutra 3.27 on the sun

is yoga a science? sutra 3.27 on the sun

Is yoga a science? Or just a way to know the self? Maybe they’re the same thing? Let’s think this through with a little help from the sutras, shall we? Human beings are a curious lot. And we are reasonably good at recognizing patterns. Once we spot one, or an anomaly without pattern, we want toread more

knowledge through direct experience: sutra 3.26

science vs direct experience: sutra 3.26 on subtle energy

Our world, our universe, is made up of many things. Some of them we can see, hear, smell, taste, touch. Some of them we can’t. Some of them we can remember, some of them are less present. Some are part of our immediate space and some are far away. We can be certain of soread more

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That’s me, Esther I teach yoga and champion individuality by teaching you what’s under the hood (thank you, yoga AND science!). Together, we sort through what we can know, what we can’t, and how to work with both. There might be Pixar quotes. And whiskey, neat.   Site photos © Eric Bandiero.