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Transformation

Transformation is a catchword in yoga circles. Wanting to see things change, both personally and societally, is often what motivates people to practice. But the ability to bring about change does not always correspond with things getting better. Life has a curious way of balancing our desire for something new with the obstinate reality of the way things are.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

When Yoga Empowers

There are three general sensibilities that shape the process by which someone comes to an understanding of yoga and its capacity to empower. Each approach offers benefits but, contrary to common assumptions, they do not all lead to the same conclusions or results. For purposes here, these perspectives will be referred to as:

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Autumn Leaves

It’s quite a process, “turning over a new leaf.”

Have you ever stopped to ponder the miracle that our foliage engages in every autumn, every year?! A complete regeneration process begins; as the chrysalis is to the butterfly, so the turning of foliage leaving bare the branches are to the next spring.

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting, and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings at White Bird Rising.

The Psychology of the Mystic ...

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“One of the elders used to say: In the beginning when we got together we used to talk about something that was good for our souls, and we went up and up, and ascended even to heaven. But now we get together and spend our time in criticizing everything, and we drag one another down into the abyss.”    ~Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert, LXI, p.78

 

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About The Author

Laura Basha's picture

Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting, and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings at White Bird Rising.

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Woman leaning against red wall helplessly with head in a pipe
03/07/2018
Transformation Transformation is a catchword in yoga circles. Wanting to see things change, both personally and societally, is often what motivates people to practice. But the ability to bring... read more
Woman in difficult yoga arm balance pose on beach.
03/10/2017
There are three general sensibilities that shape the process by which someone comes to an understanding of yoga and its capacity to empower. Each approach offers benefits but, contrary to common... read more
garden fountain with brick wall
08/31/2015
It’s quite a process, “turning over a new leaf.” Have you ever stopped to ponder the miracle that our foliage engages in every autumn, every year?! A complete regeneration process begins; as the... read more
hazy sunset over San Francisco Bay
10/05/2014
“One of the elders used to say: In the beginning when we got together we used to talk about something that was good for our souls, and we went up and up, and ascended even to heaven. But now we... read more
Woman leaning against red wall helplessly with head in a pipe
03/07/2018
Transformation Transformation is a catchword in yoga circles. Wanting to see things change, both personally and societally, is often what motivates people to practice. But the ability to bring... read more
Woman in difficult yoga arm balance pose on beach.
03/10/2017
There are three general sensibilities that shape the process by which someone comes to an understanding of yoga and its capacity to empower. Each approach offers benefits but, contrary to common... read more
garden fountain with brick wall
08/31/2015
It’s quite a process, “turning over a new leaf.” Have you ever stopped to ponder the miracle that our foliage engages in every autumn, every year?! A complete regeneration process begins; as the... read more
hazy sunset over San Francisco Bay
10/05/2014
“One of the elders used to say: In the beginning when we got together we used to talk about something that was good for our souls, and we went up and up, and ascended even to heaven. But now we... read more