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 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...

December 1, 2016

Ellen Saltonstall smiles as the elevator opens into the sun-filled loft she shares with husband the noted decorative artist Robert Kushner. The Helen Mirren look-alike has been living here since the '70’s and practicing yoga in her art-filled home since 1981.

Anatomy ha...

August 16, 2016

In the late 80’s, there was a one-hit-wonder band called Timbuk 3, who gave us the song The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades.

“I’m heavenly blessed and worldly wise. I’m a peeping-tom with x-ray eyes. Things are going great, and they’re only getting better. I’m do...

August 16, 2016

The other day the Daily News published the work of a freelancer who also writes for YogaCity NYC. It was an opinion piece on how noise pollution has created violent impulses in an otherwise peaceful citizen. The visuals that accompanied the story were sensational and u...

August 16, 2016

Early this year, teacher Prem Sadasivananda wrote his first book Open Your Heart To Love.

YogaCity NYC’s Publisher Brette Popper wondered what a man who spent 25 years as a monk in the Sivananda organization studying Vedantic Philosophy, Hindu Scripture a...

August 16, 2016

The other day a “friend” on Facebook wrote that she was not going to vote in the upcoming Presidential election because the choices were so poor. While I understand her dismay, I don’t agree with her decision to not vote.

I frequently tell my students that yoga is a ver...

August 16, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I put on my Yoga Geek hat and wrote a guide to finding a good teacher.  This week my inner nerd turns towards the qualities of a good student.

If I could write one Sutra for students in today’s yoga environment it would read “Be Open and Discrimin...

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