Safe or Unsafe? Yoga and the Medical Establishment

Looking at Yoga from a feminist perspective, we can gain more in our understanding of its effectiveness when we consider it as a system or a science, as well as shine a light on the inadequacy of allopathic medicine and science to fully articulate the holistic base of practices on which Yoga’s therapy relies. This … More Safe or Unsafe? Yoga and the Medical Establishment

Yoga in India

The Government of India has released a brochure providing an overview of Yoga–key beliefs, practices, and teachers. The document has a beautiful design, and in pdf format, would be appropriate to email to Yoga students or anyone considering a trip to study Yoga, language, and culture in India. DOWNLOAD: “Yoga in India” Wellness Special Digital Edition. Published by: Govt … More Yoga in India

Buddhist Practice, Buddhist Politics: Critical Strategies for Lasting Social Change

Preface   This article is a product of my own personal spiritual journey. Twenty years ago, in 1994, I went on a Buddhist pilgrimage in Nepal and North India. I lived with Sherpas in the snowy Himalayas for two months, lived in a Tibetan monastery in Kathmandu and taught English to political refugee monks for … More Buddhist Practice, Buddhist Politics: Critical Strategies for Lasting Social Change

Pillars of Caring: How Communities Respond to a Global Care Crisis

The moral imperative of holistic health practitioners to answer social ills can be seen as part of a larger proposed transition within economics–Eisler forecasts “the caring revolution” which incorporates partnership, as opposed to domination, and that will forge “a caring economics” (2007). The idea of caring is also present in the nonprofit sector, which is … More Pillars of Caring: How Communities Respond to a Global Care Crisis

Dissertation Project

“Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.” –Swami Vishnudevananda (www.sivananda.org) As a serious Yoga and meditation practitioner for twenty years, I entered into the PhD program in Performance Studies at UC Davis to research how Yoga, as a mind-body practice, inspires women to effect social change and build community. I … More Dissertation Project