Introducing a guest author on my blog — my Mum, Violet. A few years ago, I asked my Mum to write down the story of how she and my Dad met in London in 1963. She was a Scottish woman and he was an Israeli man, she was Protestant, he was Jewish. She was in … Continue reading How People Come To Be In Places You Might Not Expect To See Them In
At this time when political developments in the US are causing much anxiety, fear, and stress, I stay grounded by taking action, and by following teachers and public figures who encourage non-violent activism, for human rights and climate justice. I recommend checking out Ethan Nichtern's 7 point plan for engaged mindfulness in 2017. The first … Continue reading Staying present and engaged.
From our wonderful hosts at Yoga Rocks in Crete: "A very warm welcome to 2017 from the whole Yoga Rocks team. We imagine many of you have some personal resolutions aimed at self-improvement of some type or another. While looking after yourself is a great start to looking after others we hope you all fancy … Continue reading Win a free yoga retreat in Crete!
From the Yoga Sutra of Patañjali, the first four verses: 1. Now, the teachings of yoga (are presented). 2. Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind. 3. When that is accomplished, the seer abides in its own true nature. 4. At other times, the seer is absorbed in the changing states … Continue reading Getting back to Number Three
"Our enlightened self is always present but most often forgotten - giving rise to confusion in life." —David Life, Jivamukti Yoga Focus of the Month, April 2015. Recently, I went to one of my favorite sanctuaries in New York City, ABC Carpet & Home. For those who don't know it, ABC is a shop that … Continue reading Forgetting & Remembering
Recently, I was interviewed by YogaCityNYC's Alystyre Julian about making playlists for yoga classes. It's always an honor to be interviewed by YogaCityNYC, and I love to hear the philosophies of the other teachers featured. See the article here. The article text is actually quite abbreviated, understandably, so here is the full text I wrote … Continue reading On Making Yoga Playlists
19 years ago, on November 4 1995, Israel's then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was publicly assassinated due to his peace efforts. After his death, the site of the assassination in Tel Aviv became a an instant memorial. People left flowers, made artwork and wrote comments on the walls commemorating him, giving voice to the overwhelming … Continue reading Shalom Haver (Goodbye, Friend)
It's always an honor to be sleuthed by YogaCity NYC! One of the dedicated Yoga Sleuths took class at Jivamukti on July 4 and wrote a review: Independence Day with Tamar Samir Jivamukti Yoga School 841 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003 212-353-0214 Wed, 10:00 AM To 11:30 AM/ Open/ http://www.jivamuktiyoga.com Jivamukti means free … Continue reading Pratyahara
"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge." — Thomas Carlyle
It was a nice surprise to return to NYC after a month in Berlin, and find that Nora and I are featured in an exhibit of Derek Goodwin's photography at the Jivamuktea cafe. We shot this last spring on our rooftop in Brooklyn. The idea for this photograph was inspired by a workshop in which … Continue reading Tadasana & Sirsasana