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August 18, 2019

Aham, which means I, study Sanskrit. At 61 years old it’s not easy to learn a new language, especially an ancient and complicated one. It’s recently been discovered that the nervous system continues to create new synapses until we die, but that process is way slower in...

December 21, 2018

Being injured doesn’t mean you have to stop your yoga practice. While you may not be able to practice Warrior 2 or Triangle Pose. Or do a backbend, twist or forward bend, you can still get many benefits by spending time concentrating on the body and breath.

Meditation d...

February 13, 2017

Tiny hermit crabs scatter.

They sense the heaviness of my footsteps.
Legs working furiously.
A rush to protection.

I rinse my feet of the beach's grainy sand, the consistency of good Dijon mustard.

I am Goliath.
Meteors rain down and the crabs carry their homes to the fre...

February 12, 2017

On a snowy Saturday, I was welcomed into award-winning playwright Alexandra Gersten-

Vassilaros’ Upper East Side apartment. Right away, she reminded me of a blond goddess living among her photographs, art and memorabilia, pieces reminiscent of her Greek heritage.

Being s...

February 12, 2017

A year and a half ago I visited the Thiksey Monastery in the Himalayas as part of

Nikki Costello’s led retreat. Each day our group had the opportunity to meditate along with the monks’ early morning chanting in the main prayer hall and bathe in the vibrations.

One d...

January 15, 2017

A hard dark, almost black pit deposited 

In this ancient Greek soil

Cracks open to reveal a shoot, a sapling.

Cultivation and care yields a powerful trunk,

Wild olives are not nearly as fertile.

Multi-jointed branches emerge

Intertwining gracefully for centuries.

At their fin...

January 4, 2017

For the past couple of years I’ve gone, with hundreds of others, to the Tibet House on January 1 to chant the Hanuman Chalisa under the leadership of renowned devotional musician Nina Rao.

Chanting this ancient mantra invokes the Monkey God’s fierce...

December 29, 2016

As I write this, Donald Trump has just named David Friedman, a Long Island born bankruptcy lawyer with no diplomatic experience to the hot-spot position of Israel where he hopes to reverse decades of US policy as the Ambassador. This attorney ‘s expertise with the Pres...

December 14, 2016

Over a decade ago I co-owned a yoga studio in Dumbo where a novice teacher named David Regelin taught classes. One day, the athletically adroit David walked in with a cast on his arm. It seems he had fended off a subway knife attack. Someone was attacking someone else...