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Failure is a universal human experience—it’s just part of life that things will happen that you don’t want to happen.

When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she’d speak at the commencement ceremony.


The following is an excerpt from  The Shakti Coloring Book by Ekabhumi Charles Ellik. Stay tuned for the giveaway! Exclusively through our TWIY newsletter. Not on the list? Better fix that!  By Ekabhumi (“Eka”) Charles Illik Creating our own devotional art is like eating from our own garden; we are nourished by the process as well as the [...]


The following is an excerpt from The Mindful Way Through Stress by Shamash Alidina. Yoga as a Mindful Practice: Being Present in Your Body Yoga is a superb way to mindfully train yourself to live in the present. And sometimes, when you practice yoga in a mindful way, you may experience a state of flow. Flow is [...]


The following is an excerpt from Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting by Brian Leaf. Operation Meditation It’s 5:00 AM. I have to pee very badly. And I’d like to go meditate. Someone else would simply get out of bed, pee, and blithely head off [...]


The following is an excerpt from Matthew Remski’s Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali’s Sutras, With Commentary and Reverie, a new translation using contemporary philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to “remix” the ancient text for the modern age.  From the epilogue: 8.5 how I got here In the section “what is meditation for”, I described how I’d [...]


The following is an excerpt from Neal Pollack’s Open Your Heart (A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery), a serialized yoga detective murder mystery novel available exclusively on Amazon.com, and his second work in the genre after Downward-Facing Death.  ~ At sunrise on Monday, Rogelio Suarez found the millionaire’s head wrapped in a yoga mat. Rogelio, the gardener, [...]


The following is an excerpt from How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chödrön. Stay tuned for the giveaway! Chapter Title: Becoming Intimate with Our Emotions Working with emotions in meditation practice is a big subject for me. Very often, our thoughts are pretty lightweight. Just light, discursive thoughts. [...]


The following is an excerpt from Teaching People, Not Poses: 12 Principles for Teaching Yoga With Integrity by Jay Fields. Stay tuned for the giveaway! 2. Practice. You gotta’ practice. Period. That’s kinda it. But I’ll expound a bit. I remember a few years ago going to a class with a teacher I had never met. [...]


The following is an excerpt from Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body by Carol A. Horton. Stay tuned for the giveaway! From Meditation to Commodification: Promise & Perils of American Yoga Although it was years ago now, I distinctly remember the first time I experienced the intensity [...]