Inspiration

  • The Difference Between Power and Morality in Yoga

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    The Difference Between Power and Morality in Yoga “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” –Rumi “The basic rule of yama and niyama are . . . very difficult for the average person. Those rules are really for those who have exhausted most of their samskaras […]

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  • God will Catch You, A Sermon Given in the City of Denmark, Australia

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    God Will Catch You A Sermon Integrating the Yoga Tradition at St. Leonard’s Anglican Church, Denmark, Australia, 3 May, 2015 To listen to the sermon. please download from this Link: 01 Track 1 This week’s reading from John gives us agricultural metaphors familiar to the people of the time and place of the gospel writing.  […]

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  • Yoga’s Science of Sound and Listening

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

      Yoga’s Science of Sound and Listening These statements about listening–or more appropriately, hearing speech and sound–are, of course, epistemological–they are about “how we know”–and on those grounds–especially if someone privileges subjectivity–they are often credible. But in the truest sense, these statements are ontological–they say something about “what we know” and the nature of the […]

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  • Krishna’s Beer-Drinking Bro, Balarama, and the First Appearance of Warrior Pose in India

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

      Indian artists were very serious about this how they chose to position Indian gods and goddesss in painting and sculpture. They went into states of meditation[i]  and saw familiar bodily patterns in their visions.  These are now stock “power poses” called pratimas in the tradition.[ii] Many of these poses are also yoga asanas. Because […]

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  • Vishnu: Secret Badass Warrior, Mantra: Yoga + Health Magazine, Jan. 2015

    Posted in Articles, Blog by Eric Shaw

      Read it on Mantra’s Site, Here. Vishnu: Secret Badass Warrior, Mantra: Yoga + Health Magazine, Jan. 2015 By Eric Shaw        I always thought Shiva was the cool one—hanging out in Burning Man grunge, playa dust all over his bod, a snake bejeweling his neck, and unshaken by Shakti’s seductress dance.        That said, […]

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  • Ancient Days with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    Ancient Days with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika   I’d like to give my community something meaty—something that connects us to the longer record of practice—six centuries back and into India. Can we talk about the 14th century Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP)?  Can we talk about a paper-bound yoga companion that’s been a true guide to […]

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  • How to Meditate if you Are a Hatha Yogi

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    It’s my experience that people who are tied to movement need unmoving mediation even more than others. We all have strengths and weaknesses, and commonly our strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin. If you are very strong in movement, it is wise to exploit that, but it is also wise to […]

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  • Krishnamacharya’s Business Card and the Place of Marketing in Yoga

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

         Krishnamacharya had a business card and advertised his work with posters.  He had photographers shoot pics of his most athletic yoga poses with glamorous lighting.  He took “propaganda tours” to advertise the benefits of yoga to the youth of India.      It is not wrong for yogis to embrace the market and the world.  […]

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  • Sutras, Translated, A Review of Bhavani Maki’s “The Yogi’s Roadmap,” Yoga Journal, 5/2014

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . Here’s a theory guaranteed to raise hackles:  modern yoga has failed to bring practitioners the peace it’s meant to provide.  . This idea serves as the premise of The Yogi’s Roadmap, Ashtanga Yoga teacher Bhavani Silvia Maki’s first book.  . Maki contends […]

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  • Food is the First Yoga, The Wisdom of Krishnamacharya, Common Ground Magazine, 4/2014

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    . READ IT AT THE COMMON GROUND SITE . Food is the First Yoga Eric Shaw, MA.RS, MA.SE, MA.AS, E-RYT – 500   The father of modern yoga, Sri Krishnamacharya—the guru of B. K. S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois—famously said, “The first yoga is food.” [i] . From age 15 to 18, B. K. […]

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  • Heat, Wealth and Wonder: Yoga’s California-India Connection, at the Asian Art Museum, 3/2014

    Posted in Blog, Lectures by Eric Shaw

    California’s fightin’ female namesake (Queen Califa), and the state’s long yoga dance with India through the ages, was the subject of my talk at SF’s Asian Art Museum on March 6th, 2014.   Reporting on-site from the Eureka State, this is how the story goes . . ——————————————————————————————- A diamond-shaped land protected by oceans and […]

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  • The Maw of the Moment & The Yoga of Family, Mantra Yoga Magazine, 2/2014

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

      The Maw of the Moment & The Yoga of Family | By Eric Shaw Read it at Mantra Yoga + Health We constantly hear: “Life is lived in the moment.” Time is infinite there. We hear, too, that yoga brings us to the moment. Holding poses and feeling their discomfort trains our attention not to jump the rails—not […]

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  • Don’t Fool Yourself: This is Real Yoga, Mantra Yoga Magazine, 12/2013

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

                      Read it at Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine Full Text:    Don’t Fool Yourself. This is Real Yoga. Know who you are. Know who you’re not   By Eric Shaw, MA.RS, MA.SE, MA.AS, E-RYT 500 . . I have spent 28 years in alternative religious communities […]

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  • A Tantrik Message: Sound Creates the Body, Elephant Journal, 7/2013

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    A Tantrik Message: Sound Creates the Body Via Eric Shaw on Jul 30, 2013 Read it at Elephant:  http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/07/a-tantrik-message-sound-creates-the-body/ In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. ~ John 1:1 Kirtan is the rage, and sound healing is a hip health modality. Many of us chant Sanskrit daily in […]

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  • Hatha Yoga Makes You God, Elephant Journal, 6/2013

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

      Published in Elephant Journal, 18 June, 2013.  Read it There. Hatha Yoga Makes You God Via Eric Shaw on Jun 18, 2013 Bodily yoga (Hatha Yoga) was meant to operate subtly; it understands the body as a fungible technological apparatus. Hatha Yoga is designed to unfold latent possibilities in the technological platform we call […]

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  • The Goddess Power of Display: Marilyn Monroe, Beauty and Yoga, 5/2013

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    A short while ago I published a blog with all the known photos of Marilyn Monroe in yoga poses, and the tidal wave of responses took my server down. I was pleased, but surprised! It revives my wonder as to how beauty–and Marilyn Monroe!– works. Art was my former career, and over the decades I’ve […]

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  • Marilyn Monroe — The Complete Yoga Poses, 4/2013

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    Arguably, no movie star past or present is as enchanting as Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jean Mortenson, 1926 – 1962). Her beauty, projection of joy and innocence, knockout measurements, marriages to two of the greatest men of her time, acting skills, and consummate control of her career arc (including its dramatic end) all make her […]

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  • RICHARD HITTLEMAN: THE 1960′S ONE-MAN YOGA MOVEMENT

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    Before there was Rod Stryker or Rusty Wells or Shiva Rea, there was Richard Hittleman (1927 – 1991). At age 22, he studied with Ramana Maharshi after learning some yoga  basics from a Hindu maintenance man who helped his parents at a Catskill retreat called “Utopia.” In 1961, he had the first yoga TV show, Yoga […]

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  • Lakshmi — The Wealth Goddess — Her meaning in Yoga and Tantra

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth, hence her name “She of the Hundred Thousands.”  (A “lak” is a unique Indian term meaning “100,000.”). We may compare lak with the word  sahasra, which means “1000.” From sahasra we get sahasrara–the name of the thousand-petaled lotus (or chakra) at the top of the head in the subtle body. […]

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  • EARLY POSES OF KRISHNAMACHARYA, I

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    . . . There are a number of image-sets of Krishnamacharya doing poses, as well as a short film that shows him in yogic movement. These images here are from a digital edition of his 1941 composition,  Yoganasalu. —– Another rather full set from a later period can be found in both his biography, published […]

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  • REVIEW OF INDIA: A SACRED GEOGRAPHY, YOGA JOURNAL, OCTOBER, 2012

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  • MAKING SUKHA (GOOD SPACE) BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    MAKING SUKHA (GOOD SPACE) BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE BODY   In yoga we open up our body at many levels, not least at the subtle level, where yoga anatomy explains that the body is made of successively more subtle “bodies.” These bodies (including our physical body) are called koshas and yoga leads us through […]

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  • HINDUISM: ALWAYS ROCK AND ROLL VALUES

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    I’m writing this 2 minutes past midnight nestled in leafy, brainy Berkeley.  I just hopped off my motorcycle after another adrenaline-downloading blast across the SF Bay Bridge. I’d been at the San Francisco “Yoga Rave” (PR’d with posters of a hyper-mod purple Ganesh, the easy-to-love god of learning, the arts, and the wealth of this […]

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  • SENSITIVE NEW AGE GUYS NEVER RULED, ELEPHANT JOURNAL, 6/12

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    Please “like” our facebook pages: Main Page Yoga / Love / Food / Wellness / Spirituality / Family / Culture / Green / Society / Work Enjoy the top 10 blogs of the week free in our e-newsletter. Via Eric Shaw on May 30, 2012 | Edit Sensitive New Age Guys Never Ruled: YOGA, PHILOSOPHY, […]

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  • YOGA GIVES YOU A FREAKIN HOT BODY (YAAAWWWWNNNN . . .), ELEPHANT JOURNAL, 5/12

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    Please “like” our facebook pages: Main Page Yoga / Green / Wellness / Spirituality / Society / Food / Culture / Love / Family / Work / Adventure Enjoy the top 10 blogs of the week free in our e-newsletter. Via Eric Shaw on May 23, 2012 Yoga Gives You a Freakin’ Hot Body? Yawn. […]

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  • UN ABDOMEN LINDO SIGNIFICA UNA MENTA LINDA COMO TRBAJA PRANAYAMA, 4/12

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    Martaes Flores of Belize was kind enough to translate my Elephant Journal article on Pranayama into Spanish . . . Un abdomen lindo significa una mente linda: Como trabaja Pranayama Que pasaria si los musculos abodominales controlan tu vida? Muchas personas quieren evitar una barriga prominente y desean abdominales de acero porque asi lucen fantasticos, […]

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  • THE HISTORICAL ARRIVAL OF TANTRA

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    Pancatyatana-puja (the is the worship the five deities) includes Surya (the Sun God), Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva and Deva (the Goddess).   It co-arose with an advancing theism (focus on Gods) in the later half of the first millennium BCE, and took the form of individualized devotional practice. This Bhakti Yoga was the householder counterpart to the […]

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  • W. BROAD’S CONTROVERSIAL “SCIENCE OF YOGA”: A REVIEW, ELEPHANT JOURNAL, 3/12

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    Join our Facebook communities: Main Page Yoga / Green / Wellness / Spirituality / Society / Food / Culture / Love / Family / Work / Adventure Get just our top 10 blogs of the week via our lovely e-newsletter. Via elephantjournal.com on Mar 18, 2012 Book Review: The Science of Yoga. ~ Eric Shaw […]

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  • A BEAUTIFUL BELLY MEANS A BEAUTIFUL MIND: HOW PRANAYAMA WORKS, ELEPHANT JOURNAL, 3/12

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    Join our Facebook communities: Main Page Yoga / Green / Wellness / Spirituality / Society / Food / Culture / Love / Family / Work / Adventure Get just our top 10 blogs of the week via our lovely e-newsletter. Via elephantjournal.com on Mar 13, 2012 A Beautiful Belly Means a Beautiful Mind: How Pranayama […]

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  • THE CONSTANCY OF PROTEST: A TALK AT UNITY CHURCH, 1/29/12

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

      With yesterdays big protests in Berkeley, the continuing unrest in Syria and Egypt, and big new gatherings in Russia, it seems that the world is now fully perinatal:  something new is coming from the womb. The self-immolation of a 26-year-old Tunisian    fruit seller named Mohamed Bouazizi on Dec. 17th, 2010, set off a wave […]

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