And then I fell, over and over again

Ready for the Big Woods half marathon A post shared by Steve Morman (@stephen.morman) on Oct 10, 2015 at 6:51am PDT It was a mildly rough morning on the trails at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, yesterday. The “Big Woods Run” half marathon and 10k both start at St. John’s Church in Faribault and send runners on a…

A meditation advance

Kirtan is becoming a little less weird for me. It’s still strange enough that a) I don’t know that many people who practice it and b) I’m not inclined to attend an event that promises tons of it. But I caught myself singing one mantra in the shower, recently. Perhaps the shower is one thing, but…

Jello Salad, Shiva, and Shakti

It’s been a week since I finished the yoga studies course that I’ve written about here, lately. While I did not expect the the 9-week program to open it all up like an oyster and just deliver to me everything I need to know about ancient Indian metaphysics and modern yoga in a shiny, easy…

Art in Bloom

Spring happens in a day, just one day, in Minnesota. You wake up one morning, and over the course of the next eight hours the sun shines, something green or red emerges the ground or out of a tree branch, a girl in a flowered sundress rides a bike past you and BAM! Winter’s gone…

What’s your obstacle?

As the opener to a yoga practice session, me and maybe 40 other practioners were guided though some kirtan, then open chanting of this mantra: “Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha.” An audio sample of it can be found here. It is an invocation of Ganesha, that fabulous elephantine Hindu deity who is sometimes known as the…

a little help

Spooky: I had two scary, anxiety-filled dreams in a row, very early this morning. Later, not even thinking that the charm might help me, I put on my Ganesha necklace. Oddly, this day has turned out a lot better, than it felt at 6 a.m. Way to go, Remover of Obstacles!

Ganesha, grant me refuge

Had my yoga teacher training teachers not recommended that I attend one or both of the workshops done locally by Janet Stone, I doubt I’d have attended. We have an assignment to visit three classes in other yoga styles, for which these qualified. However, I suppose I figured that attending a workshop by a notable…