One of the biggest challenges of the practice of yoga is maintaining one’s focus. This is especially true in the context of a live class, where there are sounds, movements, smells (unfortunately), and countless other little distractions trying to draw your attention away from yourself. There are days when I...



Acknowledging what you have is a major lesson to living happily– rather than focusing on what you don’t have, and being miserable as a result, life tends to be a lot better when you focus on how fortunate you already are. My recent injury has caused me to think about...



It’s unfortunate that the concept of living in the moment, or being present, has become a yoga cliche, because it is such good advice. Often at the beginning of a yoga class, the instructor will have the students take a moment to quiet their minds, find their breath, and slow...



I get a lot of students apologizing to me in class when they have difficulty with a pose, and it really bothers me. Why are you sorry? Let’s get this straight: in yoga, you don’t owe anything to anyone except yourself. Any instructor worth his or her mat isn’t going...

Slick surf board and a Kanaka Maoli

Today I woke up and fixed two sticks.  My Slick board got a ding out at Pops two days ago, so that needed some work. Then the tail of the thick 6’3″ was thrashed, so I just sawed it off and glassed it. Now its a 6 1 squashtail, sort of....



I tend to groan at overly politicized, genderized issue-raising, and my initial response to the upcoming Yogawoman documentary was a little prejudiced, but I quickly came around. In our modern day, of course yoga is a realm dominated by women. It’s difficult to convince men to join us in our...



I am always on the lookout for great bikinis for surfing, but I have some specific criteria, which is actually incredibly helpful and time-saving when faced with a wall of choices at the store. Rather than flipping through dozens of colors and styles, I quickly eliminate the ones that I...



I rarely pay attention to my feet, except when I am practicing yoga. On the mat, they are naked and exposed, and attention is frequently drawn to them. Most people tend to neglect their own feet or appreciate what they do for them each and every day, so I like...



I was at a picnic the other day, and someone randomly mentioned that turtles cry if you kill them. The reason for this, she claimed, is that turtles have two hearts, so they are still alive when you are killing them and feel the pain. Evidently a marine scientist professor...