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Sebastian Pucelle: The Purification of Mind (Episode 54)
May 20 • 31 min
Sebastian Pucelle describes meditation as a process of purifying the mind. Meditation isn’t so much about attaining anything in particular as much as it is a process of letting go of things that distort and disrupt one’s life.
Sebastian Pucelle: The Attitude of Stillness (Episode 53)
May 6 • 33 min
Often in meditation, students can get frustrated by their mind s difficulty in following the meditation instructions. Sebastian Pucelle, the wonderful French Yin Yoga teacher, suggests that the two most important aspects of a meditation practice are one s…
Dr. Daniel Keown: Acupuncture and Placebos (Episode 52)
Apr 22 • 33 min
The therapeutic encounter between a practitioner and patient is, in many regards, the most important part of a healing relationship. This encounter is another way of referring to the placebo effect. But far from being ineffective, all good healers try to…
Dr. Daniel Keown: Jellyfish, Channels, and Qi (Episode 51)
Apr 8 • 27 min
How alive are you? This isn’t a question that Western Medicine frequently asks, but according to Dr. Daniel Keown, this question is at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine. And the quality, quantity, and circulation of our Qi determines the potency…
Dr. Daniel Keown: The Channels of Chinese Medicine (Episode 50)
Mar 25 • 26 min
What is Qi? What are the channels of Chinese Medicine? What is fascia? These questions and more are taken up by Dr. Daniel Keown, explained with lucid brilliance. For anyone interested in Chinese Medicine, this is a must-listen.
Oren Jay Sofer: On Nonviolent Communication (Episode 49)
Mar 11 • 44 min
Talking about difficult topics is not easy. Often we get trapped in patterns of reactivity and experience a clash of viewpoints. Oren Jay Sofer offers ways to move past through these impasses in learning how to identify the underlying needs being…
Oren Jay Sofer: On Mindful Communication (Episode 48)
Feb 25 • 32 min
All too often, meditation is seen as a panacea for all that ails us. But meditation practice alone is not necessarily enough to smooth out the strife in our interpersonal conflicts. For this we need training in communication strategy - ways to escape the…
Bernie Clark: Your Sacroiliac Joint (Episode 47)
Feb 11 • 29 min
Bernie Clark shares how his thinking about exercise has shifted from an emphasis on mobility to an emphasis on stability. This is important to how we think about what we’re doing in all forms of physical yoga.
Bernie Clark: Developing and Aging Bodies (Episode 46)
Jan 28 • 26 min
In our youth, we’re more Yang and need to work on strength and stability. As we age, we become more Yin, and therefore need to spend more time working on maintaining our mobility.
Reflecting on a Winter’s Retreat (Episode 45)
Jan 14 • 31 min
This retreat inspired me to try a few hacks with regards to my relationship to technology - to make my phone less of the pocket-sized slot-machine that it’s become, I’ve tried to restructure the design of my phone as well as my timeframe around using it.…
Winter Is Coming (Episode 44)
Dec 10, 2018 • 8 min
In the Season Finale of Everyday Sublime for 2018, I take stock of the past year and look ahead to 2019 - and pay tribute to two of my dearest teachers, Rodney Smith and Jack Engler, who are both retiring from their decades of teaching and service.
Bernie Clark: Spinal Neutrality, Symmetry, and Asymmetry (Episode 43)
Nov 26, 2018 • 20 min
In the second episode of a 4-part series, Yin master Bernie Clark unpacks the important concept of spinal neutrality and he explores how to think about symmetry, functional asymmetry, and dysfunctional asymmetry in the body.
Bernie Clark: Your Spine, Your Yoga (Episode 42)
Nov 13, 2018 • 35 min
In the first episode of a 4-part series, I welcome Bernie Clark back to the podcast to discuss his new book, Your Spine, Your Yoga. In it, Bernie talks about the main themes in the book including the importance of stability over mobility in the health of…
Yin Meditation: The Instructions (Episode 41)
Oct 29, 2018 • 21 min
Rather than trying to domesticate your thought process, Yin Meditation offers a process for refining your understanding of how your inner world works. Approaching your meditation with a receptive attitude is the least intrusive way of getting to know the…
Jason Siff: The Role of Remembering on the Path (Episode 40)
Oct 15, 2018
In this final installment of my 3-part conversation with Jason Siff, we explore tricky Buddhist concepts of anatta (non-self) and nirvana. And we consider that present moment awareness is not sufficient for the development of deeper wisdom and…
Jason Siff: The Insight of Experience (Episode 39)
Oct 1, 2018
In many styles of meditation, if we hold too tightly to meditative instructions, we may unintentionally cut many things out of our meditation practice. In part two of my 3-part series with Jason Siff, we explore letting more things “in” to your…
Jason Siff: Thoughts Are Not the Enemy (Episode 38)
Sep 17, 2018
In meditation, all too often, people struggle with their thinking, and feel badly that they can’t stop their “monkey mind” from thinking so much. Meditation teacher Jason Siff offers a kinder, more compassionate approach to working with one’s mind in…
Season Finale - Summers’ Break (Episode 37)
Jul 9, 2018 • 67 min
This episode is the season finale of The Everyday Sublime, before I close up shop for the summer. I give a preview of what’s to come in September, and a quick look back at some of the highlights from the past few months.
David Lesondak: All Things Fascia (Episode 36)
Jun 25, 2018 • 67 min
I talk with David Lesondak about his new book, Fascia: What it is and why it matters. David is rapidly becoming a rock star in the fascial world, having extensive work in structural integration, as well as having attended and presented at many of the…
Chinese Medicine: The Organs, or Zang-Fu (Episode 35)
Jun 11, 2018 • 16 min
Chinese language tends to describe the Organs and their functions in poetic terms. Their language is metaphorical, often drawing on images from nature and human governance to describe the various processes of human health.
Bernie Clark: Understanding Yin Yoga (Episode 34)
May 28, 2018 • 20 min
Here, Bernie Clark talks about the fascial concepts of dynaments and creep. He discusses some misunderstandings of Yin Yoga, as well as how to think about propping and assisting in Yin Yoga.
Chinese Medicine: What Is Essence? (Episode 33)
May 14, 2018 • 15 min
The best way to affect positively one s Essence is by striving for balance in one s life activities: balance between work and rest, restraint in sexual activity and balanced diet. Any irregularity or excess in these spheres is bound to diminish the…
Bernie Clark: The Science of Yin Yoga (Episode 32)
Apr 30, 2018 • 32 min
Listen to Bernie Clark discuss: antifragility, confusion between correlation and causation, the four levels evidence in science, piezoelectricity, and Yin and Yang stress on our tissues. Essential listening for Yin Yoga teachers.
Chinese Medicine: What is Blood? (Episode 31)
Apr 16, 2018 • 17 min
The second big function of the Blood in Chinese Medicine is that Blood is said to have the function of moistening tissues. Strong Blood prevents things from drying out. Healthy Blood keeps the tissues moist, keeps the eyes from feeling dry, keeps the…
Bernie Clark: Hypermobility and Hyperextension (Episode 30)
Apr 2, 2018 • 17 min
Many people express concern about issues of hypermobility and hyperextension in Yin Yoga. Here Bernie Clark explores these concerns and logically defends Yin Yoga. Essential listening for Yin Yoga teachers.
Bernie Clark: The Mindset of a Teacher (Episode 29)
Mar 19, 2018 • 15 min
For yoga teachers, it can be a challenging process to unlearn rigid rules of alignment and to adapt their teaching to the unique experience of their students. Here, Bernie Clark will walk you through how to think about and teach functional alignment in…
Chinese Medicine: The Sources and Functions of Qi (Episode 28)
Mar 5, 2018 • 14 min
As with everything in Chinese Medicine, all entities - whether they be a type of energy, an organ, or a meridian - tend to be defined by the functions they perform. And the concept of Qi is no different. It s classification as a type of energy is defined…
Chinese Medicine: The Meridians (Episode 27)
Feb 19, 2018 • 13 min
One way of thinking of the Meridians of Chinese Medicine is that they are, generally speaking, channels of communication within the organism along which subtle informational signals are transmitted.
Emerging From Hibernation (Episode 26)
Feb 5, 2018 • 10 min
Back from the Yin phase of Winter Hibernation, I’m excited to tell you about what’s in store for Season 2 of Everyday Sublime. I have a couple of quick updates about the Summers School of Yin Yoga, and a line-up of superstar interviews for 2018. We’re off…
Winter is the Most Yin Time of Year (Episode 25)
Dec 4, 2017 • 20 min
In 2018, the Summers School of Yin Yoga will be unrolling a unique way study Yin Yoga with a modular curriculum, as well as a way to earn a 200hr or 300hr certification in Yin Yoga, if you’re interested. Each of the core modules of the school will include…
Chinese Medicine: What Is Qi? (Episode 24)
Nov 27, 2017 • 14 min
Qi is “perceived functionally, by what it does,” is critical to remember. Entities in Chinese Medicine are almost unanimously “perceived functionally,” that is, defined by what they do. We’ll see this affirmed again and again when we look at the meridian…
Chinese Medicine: Mastering the Relationship (Episode 23)
Nov 13, 2017 • 20 min
A point that many authors and practitioners of Chinese Medicine often reiterate is that as qualities of change, Yin and Yang are in a constant process of controlling and balancing one another. A static, unchanging balance is never achieved. What is…
Chinese Medicine: The Flow of Yin and Yang (Episode 22)
Nov 6, 2017 • 12 min
By observing Yin and Yang dynamics both in the macrocosm and within the microcosm, the overarching intention was always one of promoting harmony. When honored, observed and respected, Yin and Yang describe processes of change that can be fluid, harmonious…
Chinese Medicine: Taoist Origins (Episode 21)
Oct 23, 2017 • 17 min
Taoists observed how the play of cycles in Nature would manifest in parallel within their internal experience. Understanding and attuning to the world outside facilitated an ability to bring the internal microcosm into harmony with its world, and vice…
Chinese Medicine: A Holistic Paradigm (Episode 20)
Oct 16, 2017 • 17 min
A holistic approach to medicine will formulate a diagnosis of a patient’s condition by taking into consideration the complex dynamic of everything going on internally with that patient, as well as external influences of interpersonal relationship, work,…
The Jazz Session: Ode to Aaron Goldberg (Episode 19)
Oct 9, 2017 • 16 min
I find Aaron’s trios are the settings where his personality and voice shine brightest. In my interview Aaron, he talked about the depth of connection that forms between jazz musicians when they’ve played together for years and years and years, and it’s…
Yin Meditation: A Creative And Functional Approach To Meditation (Episode 18)
Oct 2, 2017 • 16 min
In a Yin approach to meditation, you encounter the raw materials of your life: sensations of the body, perceptions, ideas, thoughts, views, and opinions. And in coming to know these elements more directly, you can shape and make of them what you will. How…
Yin Meditation: How To Fail At Meditation (Episode 17)
Sep 25, 2017 • 14 min
What I’m about to suggest as a way of working with sleepiness will likely cause you to question my sanity. But, for me, and many that I’ve spoken to and worked with, allowing sleepiness to be, i.e. letting it go on, is the most effective strategy for…
Yin Meditation: Relaxing Within the Hindrances (Episode 16)
Sep 18, 2017 • 16 min
In contrast to more active and Yang ways of working with the hindrances, I ve found it incredibly fruitful to adopt a more Yin approach. Rather than deploying any prescribed technique or strategy for dealing with them, I ve found that bringing a relaxed,…
Yin Meditation: Absorption Au Naturel (Episode 15)
Sep 11, 2017 • 12 min
In this Yin approach to meditation that I’m describing, when you dial back any effort to try and control your mind, you’re giving your mind space to explore things that it finds naturally engaging. For example, while relaxing and being receptive to your…
Yin Meditation: Exploring Stillness (Episode 14)
Aug 28, 2017 • 11 min
The peace in the heart of these still states provides a balm to stress and anxiety. There is a profound relief and well-being that often accompanies these states. And frequently, when you experience them, there is a blooming of faith that something…
Yin Meditation: Staying Still in Meditation (Episode 13)
Aug 21, 2017 • 12 min
By committing to a fixed time, you will inevitably go through phases of calm, agitation, boredom, restlessness; periods of wondering when it will end, and possibly periods of time of not wanting it to end. And in sitting through all these experiences…
Yin Meditation: The Art of Releasing Conflict in Meditation (Episode 12)
Aug 14, 2017 • 14 min
When your mind is given permission to be receptive to the total spectrum of experience and to relax within that process and to not try and push unpleasant things away one of the things that relaxes is the resistance to conflict. I m sure you ve heard the…
Yin Meditation: Playing Your Mental Edge (Episode 11)
Aug 9, 2017 • 11 min
The general mental posture within a Yin approach to meditation is for your mind to be receptive and open to the full range of your inner experience. But with such an open-ended approach, it s not uncommon for challenging emotions and themes to arise…
Yin Meditation: Relaxing the Mind (Episode 10)
Aug 7, 2017 • 11 min
In a Yin approach to meditation, the main emphasis is to develop a relaxed and receptive attitude towards the experiences you have while meditating you re not trying to control or overly manage those experiences; you re developing gentleness and tolerance…
Yin vs. Yang Meditation (Episode 9)
Aug 2, 2017 • 14 min
When we look at different mental qualities, Yin qualities of mind tend to include traits like receptivity, allowance, yielding, tolerance, quiescence, reflection, passivity, or non-manipulation. Yang qualities of mind tend to involve traits like doing,…
What is Meditation? (Episode 8)
Jul 31, 2017 • 11 min
Simply put, meditation is mental training, and a way to know yourself better. Meditation develops certain qualities of your mind. For thousands of years, this mental training was practiced within spiritual and religious communities, often requiring a fair…
Yin Yoga: Bitter Practice, Sweet Result (Episode 7)
Jul 26, 2017 • 10 min
I often get the sense that when students come to a Yin Yoga class they want to feel good throughout the class, start to finish, particularly when it s a class that seems on the surface to be gentle and quiet and meditative . And yet, that is not the…
Yin Yoga: The Universal Donor of Yoga (Episode 6)
Jul 24, 2017 • 9 min
All too frequently, someone says to me: I love how Yin Yoga makes me feel BUT, I couldn t just do Yin Yoga. Based on their expression as they say this, I can only assume they think they ve caught me in some kind of gotcha moment, where they re exposing a…
Yin Yoga: How to Come Out of a Pose (Episode 5)
Jul 19, 2017 • 10 min
When it is time to come out of a Yin Posture, you may feel a pronounced disinclination to move quickly. Remember: the tissues in the area that you have targeted will be temporarily weakened as a result of the stresses placed upon them during the hold. As…
Yin Yoga: Staying Still For Time (Episode 4)
Jul 17, 2017 • 10 min
The third principle of Yin Yoga is to stay still for relatively longer periods of time than you would in an active style of yoga practice, such as Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga. The question of how long you should hold the posture often surfaces. By now, you…
Yin Yoga: Relaxing The Muscles (Episode 3)
Jul 12, 2017 • 10 min
The second aspect of executing a Yin Yoga posture is to relax the muscles in the area that you are targeting. Confusion tends to arise when students hear this instruction to relax the muscles. There is a tendency to take this as a global mandate that in…
Yin Yoga: Playing The Edge (Episode 2)
Jul 11, 2017 • 18 min
In Yin Yoga, and increasingly in other styles too, there is an emphasis placed on understanding how your body is uniquely influenced by the pose and then from that, making wiser choices about how to align yourself within the pose. How you feel and adapt…
What Is Yin Yoga? (Episode 1)
Jul 10, 2017 • 12 min
Yin Yoga is an approach to yoga that is meant to be a complementary style of practice to more active styles of postural yoga. The intentions of Yin Yoga are to stimulate, strengthen, and revive tissues of the body that are not emphasized to the same…
Everyday Sublime: The Podcast (Episode 0)
Jun 26, 2017 • 10 min
This podcast is intended to be a reflection on and for practice. For many years, I’ve signed off my monthly newsletter with the phrase, “From my practice to yours.” What this attempts to convey is that first and foremost, I m a practitioner a Yin yogi, an…