Recent Blog Posts

Being Present Through Transitions

By Hari-kirtana | September 4, 2018

The ‘official’ summer season, as opposed to the calendric summer that still has a few weeks to go, has come to an end. Back to school, back to work, back to whatever we get back to when September arrives. September is a month of transitions. The Sanskrit word ‘sandhya’ describes a juncture between one time and another, such as the […]

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How to Help Students Let Go

By Hari-kirtana | August 5, 2018

I was speaking with a fellow yoga teacher last week about how to integrate philosophical themes into our classes. She mentioned that sometimes she’s not so interested in hearing any philosophy, that sometimes she takes a class with the intention of just letting go of stuff that’s been weighing her down. And when she takes a class to unload her […]

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The Real Meaning Behind Jefferson’s Self-evident Truths

By Hari-kirtana | July 4, 2018

During a recent visit with my in-laws down in Southern Virginia, we drove out to Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home. Built as a perfect, single-story octagon with four elongated octagons set around an almost-perfect cube, Jefferson designed this architectural and engineering masterpiece to be his getaway from the hubbub of public life. Every year on the Fourth of July, Americans […]

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Let The Sun Shine

By Hari-kirtana | June 15, 2018

Well, at least for the moment, the clouds have parted over the DC area, the rain has ceased, and sunlight is ricocheting through the trees, creating a million shades of green. The early sunrise and late sunset are one of the reasons I love the month of June. Grammar police? Not so fast: the sunrise and sunset are two things […]

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Hari-kirtana das teaching yoga

7 Ways to Become a Better Yoga Teacher

By Hari-kirtana | May 25, 2018

I was called to teach yoga by a desire to share the benefits that I experienced during the course of developing and deepening my own practice. If you’re a yoga teacher, I’m betting that your primary motivation for teaching is the same as mine. Almost every teacher I know arrives at their Yoga Teacher Training program with a desire to […]

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What does it mean to be ‘eternal’?

By Hari-kirtana | April 17, 2018

Q: During yoga classes, teachers often talk about how everything, with the exception of our eternal spirit, is impermanent. Using the word ‘eternal’ implies permanence so I just want to confirm my understanding that all is impermanent except for our eternal spirit. Is this a correct understanding? A: Yes, you’re understanding is correct: according to yoga philosophy, everything in the […]

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