Yoga, weight loss and the search for compassion.

Weight issues are epidemic in our culture. Obesity as a medical problem is widespread, and overweight patients are often prescribed "weight loss" as a solution to any medical problem.  People with the particular physical characteristic of excessive body fat are given only one prescription for health. They feel constant pressure to conform, change and shrink.  …

Thoughts for Yoga Teachers – explaining yoga as therapy

The practice of yoga is therapeutic. Anyone who has practiced yoga will agree with this statement, but the idea of "yoga therapy" is contentious. In January 2016, the Yoga Alliance requested that any yoga school remove the terms "yoga therapy" and "yoga therapist" from their title. This instruction was a precaution against misleading the public …

Swim Training

Swimming is not my weakest event (running is), but I'm not the leader in the swim field either. My inability to win the swim is incongruent with my confidence and experience in long open-water swims. I swam a lot in high school. Most summers, I do twice-weekly 2000m lake swims. I just don't seem to …