Saturday, November 17, 2018

#Yoga Today ~ Watch Out for D-GAP

I hope I have been a good steward of the practice of yoga and that each and every one of you has gained some insight and found strength in our weekly practice. I have had many conversations with each of you and shared many of your triumphs and your tragedies. Just remember I love all of your wonderful and beautiful souls.

Remember that yoga is not simply coming to class and doing the poses. It is a way of life that calls upon you to learn, know and master yourself. What I have learned is that life is full of incredible people and experiences; what I know is that life is constantly changing and as well as its beauty it is full of deceit, greed, anger and pride. What I have mastered is the ability to be at peace with what is – sometimes you have to stop questioning and just let it be.

Every single day you will be confronted with the four great passions of life. Deceit, greed, anger and pride reside within each of us. To master these is to be aware of them as they surface and then use the tools of yoga for change. When deceit arrives be honest, when greed arrives be generous, when anger arrives be compassionate and understanding, and when pride arrives be humble.

This requires balance, strength, flexibility and peace. Let’s get started.


John Wooden, a UCLA head basketball coach, nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” said,” Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

The ego is a powerful force,so remember life has handed each of us a special talent; be humble and grateful. If life hands you fame use it wisely to make the world a better place. Be grateful for those who support your efforts. But remember self-importance and conceit are self-given so be careful. Self-importance has a way of destroying both talent and fame.

I would like to thank all of you for supporting this yoga class for all these years. Do not think of it as an ending or a good-bye. We may not physically gather but when souls really touch each other they never disappear. Take what I have taught you and make the world a better place and we will all stay connected to the beauty of life.

Happy Holidays; I celebrate the place where our souls have met.


Doctor Lynn

Saturday, November 10, 2018

#Yoga Today #Pride

Pride is insecurity and fear turned outward in an act of defiance.  It is often used as a means of survival. We use it to disguise our insecurities by appearing strong, independent and full of bravado. Foolishly we use pride to keep other people at bay and away from our inner soul. This of course can leave us lonely and self-absorbed. The inner voice secretly cries out for love and devotion.

Life will presented you with many humbling experiences.  If you look to the work of karma you will discover how to let go of shame and step past the maya or illusion of life and discover the reality of our existence; to learn, to know and to master our karma. Just remember life is real; your perceptions are the illusions and these are often ego driven.

Let’s get to work because it takes balance, flexibility, strength and peace to correct pride.


Pride appears as arrogance, defiance and nonconformity. It is the ego falsely raising itself in importance in an attempt to disguise its fear and insecurities. The ego is artificial and transitory for how you see yourself and the world is constantly changing.  One moment you are full of pride and the next you are full of fear. The ego however should not be annihilated. We need it for preservation and evolution. The problem with the ego is in believing that it holds the knowledge of final reality. In this we set up barriers of arrogance and self-importance. When this happens we stop evolving. The karma term for this is ignorance and ignorance is the cause of all suffering. To transcend pride surrender your self- important arrogance to the compassionate nature of your soul.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, November 03, 2018

Yoga Today ~ ANGER - the third great passion

Anger is probably a passion we have all experienced. Although no one likes to be an angry person it is somewhat easier to admit this passion than the other three passions. Perhaps that is because anger is seen as a worthy passion if it is used to right an injustice. However, it is very difficult to practice the right amount of anger, at the right time, for the right reason; and what is justice?  Who decides what is right and what is wrong in a world without justice? That is why we have laws and one of the laws of karma is to do no harm. When someone is angry everyone gets hurts. That is why it is best to work on removing anger.

Anger is really fear based. Anger often times is an emotion we feel towards ourselves and yet we project it outward onto others. We are angry because we feel disappointed, hurt, used and abused. But the problem with anger is once it gets a hold of you; you become an angry person; things are said and things are done to hurt others. If the intellect is enslaved by anger the mind will also be enslaved.    Once enslaved with anger we lose our balance, flexibility, strength and peace of mind.

It is the nature of the mind to run outward and away from the chakras or self-awareness. We are here to balance the energy of the chakras; to feed them strength and keep them open to the changes and flow of life.  Let’s begin to work on finding our inner strength, flexibility and balance.

To combat anger be compassionate, understanding and kind. When angry the ego throws your body and your mind out of balance. They get weak and ridged. That’s why we need to practice karma yoga; to be more balanced, strong and flexible, and peaceful. Let’s get started.


Anger has a way of enslaving us. It never solved any problem. Being angry we give away our strength, our flexibility our balance and our peace of mind. The wise person realized that you are a result of whatever karma you let occupy your life. Therefore choose wisely what you let occupy your mind, because what you let occupy your mind occupies you.



With anger the ego tries to usurp its power in an attempt to even the score.  Don’t try to extinguish the ego. You need it for preservation. Just surrender it to something higher; your soul; and you will be wise.


Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn