Recently I got to sit down with one of the members of our Queer Yoga Church community, Kip Pettigrew. Originating from Dinwiddie County, Virginia- a small county with under 28,000 people total, he’s settled well into Portland by way of two degrees from MIT. Kip seems to be a man of interest and mystery to me. An Aries fire sign …

Posted on Facebook:   Please stop saying “real men do yoga” or “real men do _______.” It’s divisive. It perpetuates hyper masculinity and this idea that being a “real man” is a good thing. It’s diminishing and shaming. The term “real men” implies that if you’re not a certain type of man then you don’t qualify as a man, and …

Today is Guru Punima.  This is an eastern spiritual tradition dedicated to expressing gratitude towards your chosen spiritual and academic teachers, leaders, and great influencers. The person who struck the match that ignited my spiritual journey was Gandhi.  After seeing the movie Gandhi at the University of Delaware I sobbed.   I immediately read his Autobiography.  I was 21 years …

GOD Sitting here on the couch this evening I’m thinking about God.  It’s strange that I have to make this post, but I think it’s worthy of sharing.  I grew up in a pentecostal-like church with people speaking in tongues, passing out in the aisles, and praising the Lord from here to eternity.  I expect that when I’m around certain …

After an amazing two weeks of teaching in Tampa, FL I am back in Oregon.  As I settle back into my regular schedule of classes and various routines of my life I am carving out some extra time for quietness and aloneness.  I can feel the great curling finger inviting me into a deep place of asking powerful questions.  This …

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” -Omar Khayyam I have this quote on my wall above my desk, and I write it in almost every journal I have.  However, I like to change the quote to, “Be present for this moment. This moment is your life.”  We can’t always be happy, but we can always be present.  And …

Life is full of conundrums and paradoxes.  Recently, I came across a quote by Rev. Dr. Barber, “We only lose when we get quiet.” This imitates the slogan, Silence equals Death, which came as a protest from the radical group Act Up whose determination led a revolution for the LGBTQ people. Then, of course, there is yoga, whose deepest underlying …

We rise by lifting others. I recently received an email from a gay man that broke my heart.  I won’t go into details right now, but what I want to say is this:  Let us accept and support each other with our hearts wide open.  Let us lift each other with encouragement, kindness, and generosity of spirit.  Let us love so deeply and …

PULSE.  Today is the 2 year anniversary of the Pulse shooting where 49 people were murdered at a gay night club in Orlando, FL.  Murdered because of their orientation.  We must use our hurt, our anger, our confusion, and our passion for equality to educate people, care for each other, and create more love and acceptance in the world.  Today is a good …

“…the doctor studies the body to improve its fate; the artist to improve its spirit.” quote and photo from The Art of Anatomy, Benjamin A. Rifkin Yoga, however, studies the body from both perspectives:  science and art; medicine and craft; fate and spirit; knowledge and imagination; anatomy and muse. This is why the practice of yoga is so powerful and transformative.  …