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Beware the Guru

“I’ll tell you”, said she, in the same hurried passionate whisper “what real love is. It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world, giving up your heart and soul to the smiter”. ―Miss Havisham, from Charles Dickens “Great Expectations” When you believe against yourself, in…

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The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga

Most contemporary yoga teachers cannot answer one simple question that any teacher should be able to answer without hesitation. And that question is: What do you teach? Written by AYS Founder James Brown I. Every time I look at the screen to write this I feel nauseous. I taught successfully within the yoga studio system for…

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It’s Your Funeral

Change your life in 3 fun minutes. I am not one of those yoga teachers who feels inclined to give out unsolicited non-yoga-related life advice to the masses. And I really never do it. Really. It’s annoying. But this time I have to. I’ll make it quick and you don’t have to thank me, but you’ll…

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Ferguson and the Mythology of Racism

The evidence released regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri shows that most of the eyewitness accounts of what happened contradict each other. They mostly follow one of two scenarios: 1. Brown was yet another innocent black victim of a racist and trigger-happy white police officer. 2. Wilson was a beleaguered police…

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Beware the Guru

  Note: This article was written in February 2013, shortly after the Vatican’s announcement that Pope Benedict would be stepping down. A highly edited version of it was published on The Huffington Post in May of last year. We are re-posting it now, as a UN panel investigating torture questions a vatican envoy on the…

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What I Learned Doing Yoga in Marc Jacobs Jeans

Like many repeated endeavors, yoga practice can take the body and mind to higher functionality and health, or toward pain and suffering. The mat is a laboratory where we can experiment with our own strengths and weaknesses. Originally published in The Huffington Post The great yoga teacher Vinnie Marino once said, while teaching an advanced yoga…

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