Thinking About Joining a Yoga Studio for the First Time? Relax

I know, it can be weird. The first time I walked into a yoga school, I was filled with trepidation and reluctance.  When I entered, no one was in the reception area, so I got a few seconds to take it all in.  The smell of lavender, lots of beads, Namaste T-shirts, essential oils, candles, … Continue reading Thinking About Joining a Yoga Studio for the First Time? Relax

A Yogi Without a Mat is Still a Yogi

When it comes to violins, the Stradivarius has no equal.  Their value can go into the $10-million range and to have one in my hands would be against the laws of the universe.  Unless I hit my head and wake up a virtuoso, I will never master that kind of skill. No violin will make … Continue reading A Yogi Without a Mat is Still a Yogi

Scarier than the Witch, is the Crowd Rallying to Burn Her

“She’s a witch!  We got a witch!”  The crowd yelled as they brought her forward.  One of the most famous and shared scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “How do you know she’s a witch?” “She looks like one.” A bit more discussion and the crowd rallies, “Burn her, burn her!”  The scene … Continue reading Scarier than the Witch, is the Crowd Rallying to Burn Her

High Efficiency Yoga and the Death of Romance

If practicality, efficiency, utilitarian functionality, and austerity put a bustle in our hedgerow, then Starbucks would look and feel like a cold-war clinic. All cars would look like a Dodge Aries K with roll-down windows and get 40 MPG. No fancy bourbons, wines, beers, or gins either; just Everclear, which is very efficient, by the … Continue reading High Efficiency Yoga and the Death of Romance

Reality Doesn’t Care About Our Perception of It

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Yes. And … who cares, really?  Certainly not reality. When a tree crashes down and no one is around to hear it, it still produces sound waves.  But, these sound waves don’t actually produce sound as … Continue reading Reality Doesn’t Care About Our Perception of It

If at First You Do Succeed, Try, Try Again

Somewhere, back in the early 1800’s, Thomas Palmer, in an effort to encourage American schoolchildren to do their homework, he wrote in his teacher’s manual, “’Tis a lesson you should heed, try, try again.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Shortly after that, Edward Hickson put the phrase in his ‘Moral Song’ … Continue reading If at First You Do Succeed, Try, Try Again

Thank You, Cheers, and the Problem with You’re Welcome

On a recent trip to England and the Netherlands, I must have said “thank you” a hundred times.  Not once, did I hear, “you’re welcome”. At one pub, when the bartender served me a beer, I said “thanks”.  When she responded with “no worries”, I thought I would test this a bit further.  I then … Continue reading Thank You, Cheers, and the Problem with You’re Welcome