Category Archives: practicing yoga

what you say matters. yup, every word.

what you say matters. yup, every word.

When I teach a yoga class, I try to let a little food for thought filter in through the steps and breaths. Some days, the most magical phrases tumble out. The eloquence of what I’ve just said astonishes me. Did I really just say something that I’m willing to pretend sounded smart and useful? How did that happen? I’m especiallyread 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

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

how to do the right thing, every time

how to do the right thing, every time

It wasn’t super early. At 11:30am on a weekday, you don’t need to assume everyone on a residential block needs peace and quiet. But it was my down time, and with the sun streaming into my breakfast spot, quiet was all I wanted. Honnnnnkkkkk!!!! Honk! Honk! No, it wasn’t a duck, but the incessant blaringread more

the practice of yoga

the practice of yoga

There’s a premise in ISHTA Yoga (and I think all yoga) that the objective of daily practice of yoga is to experience undifferentiated or universal consciousness. But what does that even mean? I don’t know. I’m investigating. Yoga is also defined as the “stilling of the fluctuations of the mind.” Quieting the chatter of thoughts.read more

cause + effect in the real world

cause + effect in the real world

Once upon a time, cause and effect were simply part of math class. As absurd as it sounds, I didn’t extrapolate the “if…, then…” lessons of math class out into the “real world”. I didn’t recognize in math a language that described the natural world (though I hope my teacher were at least trying toread more

how I discovered multiple perspectives

how I discovered multiple perspectives

I pride myself (humbly, I hope) on being a champion for multiple perspectives. Why? Because it hurts less and heals more. Let me explain. For a brief time, I attended a boarding school that held mandatory “non-denominational” chapel service once a week. Well, as a proud non-believer, and rather bratty anti-religion-ist, I thought this wasread more

first cultivate compassion where it’s easy

first cultivate compassion where it’s easy

Being compassionate with strangers and acquaintances is relatively easy for me. Doing the same with family and close friends is not. Last week, I gave an example of turning irritation into compassion that for me is completely doable. I can see an annoying colleague through compassionate eyes with just a small moment’s pause to consider the full situation. Ifread 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.