10 Books for Yoga and Beyond

People frequently ask for book recommendations, and they ask mostly for ones on the topic of yoga. Yet, I’ve found that some of the most profound teachings come in a ...

© Laura Dunn 2013

Staying Open to the Mystery

“I am learning to see. I don’t know why it is, but everything enters me more deeply and doesn’t stop where it used to. I have an interior that I ...

Sacred Heart

Loving What Is

You see, I want a lot Perhaps I want everything: The darkness that comes with every infinite fall And the shivering blaze of every step up.   So many live ...


Tibetan Om

Toward the Within: A Contemplative Approach to Asana

If one were to take a survey of the many people involved ...
© David Ulrich

Desire and Freedom

“Clad in black robes I should have no attractions to The shapes ...

The Dance of Opposites

Contemplating Dualism in Yoga “Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong ...

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Satya: The Yoga of Truth

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”  —William Blake Growing up in Hawai‘i is an experience that can’t be compared to growing up in many other places. The weather is mild and balmy nearly all the time, the air is clean, people smile often, and for the […]

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The Missing Peace

Practicing nonviolence in a fractured world This breathtaking image of the Earth is a compilation of photographs taken by NASA satellites over several cloudless nights. Looking upon what NASA calls the “Black Marble Earth” one is awestruck by the immense beauty of the planet. We instantly see our collective wholeness and interrelatedness. In moments of […]

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A Light in the Darkness: The Journey Towards Wisdom

            A famous Zen parable tells the story of a visiting professor who comes to the home of a tea master for the tea ceremony. With great attention and care, the master prepares the tea —with a seriousness of intent, reverence of attitude, and a joyful, lightness of action. When the […]

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The Yoga of Dying

As I have gotten older the reality of death and dying has started to show itself more and more. Many of my elders have passed, many relationships have ended, and all of my relationships have in some way changed form. As we get older the reality of death becomes constant, both literally and figuratively. In […]

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Coming Together: The Meaning of Satsang

“We obviously cannot confront this tangled world alone…. It takes 
no great insight to realize that we have no choice but to think together, 
ponder together, in groups and communities. The question is how to do this. 
How to come together and think and hear each other in order to touch, 
or be touched by […]

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A Visit With Ram Dass

I don’t normally repost from the blog I share with David, The Slender Thread, but wanted to share this with everyone. To read the complete article please visit Parabola Magazine (Spring 2013 Edition). A Visit with Ram Dass Posted on October 6, 2012 on The Slender Thread “I Am Loving Awareness” Laura and David with Ram Dass, […]

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Yoga for Dummies

Avidya: Knowing That You Don’t Know Who makes these changes? I shoot an arrow right. It lands left. I ride after a deer and find myself chased by a hog. I plot to get what I want and end up in prison. I dig pits to trap others and fall in. I should be suspicious […]

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Creativity and Yoga | The Slender Thread

Reposted from The Slender Thread Creativity and Yoga | The Slender Thread. Laura and I are currently planning our Creativity and Yoga workshops for later this month atHui No‘eau Visual Arts Center on Maui. And we are asking the question: what serves what? Are we using yoga to stimulate creativity, or are we using creativity to […]

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Yoga Sadhana – A Balancing Act Between Action, Observation and Surrender

Politics has been on everyone’s mind as the elections near. In such a heated climate, religion, philosophy and spirituality are often used as one of the driving forces behind political culture wars. The secular public naturally begins to get a sour taste of religion when religious groups come forward in defense or opposition of particular […]

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Yoga and Perception: The Shifting Sands of Self

Where we let go of what we are, we become what we might be. ~ Lao Tzu For the past several satsangs and blog posts I’ve attempted to relate yoga and the yoga sutras to daily life – our trials, tribulations, and, on occasion, relationships – however, as we progress through the contemplative discipline of yoga, we see that yoga aims to […]

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