Once Again, Mighty Hercules Vanquishes the Enemy (just in time)

Once Again, Mighty Hercules Vanquishes the Enemy (just in time)

The Mighty Hercules  was a low-budget, visually stilted cartoon on tv that enthralled me when I was a very young child.  Thanks to youtube, which makes the past perpetually available, I was able to pull up a couple of clips and share them with someone recently.  We had a good laugh. Hercules (or Herc, as his friends called him) had a ring that he would slip on at crucial moments in the predictable-but-immensely-satisfying plot of each short episode.  As he slid that ring on and stretched his fist to the sky, thunder bolts would flash and crash from the heavens, re-empowering the ring, and thus the wearer, with tremendous, otherworldly forces of goodness and strength. I totally believed in that ring.  I wanted one myself.  To be truthful, I was convinced that I already possessed such a ring. Not as an object, but as a state inside that could be accessed when really, really necessary. Apologies if this sounds hokey, but I believe that the practices of yoga (and here I include meditation and deep study, which alter understanding and perception) serve as that ring for us. They can function as vehicles that plug us back in to our noblest energies and capacities.  They remind us that these qualities do exist. Goodness is always relevant. Mighty Hercules made overcoming cheesy villains look easy, of course.  Outside of cartoon world, the process is more difficult.  It always has been.  The yogic traditions, from ancient revelation and mythology, to Patanjali, to teachings of Tantra and beyond, took a close look at the form and function of the dysfunctions in and around us.   They named them.  And they developed techniques, practices, ways...
WATCH: WHAT IS THE BODY?

WATCH: WHAT IS THE BODY?

As yoga practitioners, asking questions about and inquiring into the nature of the body helps us to shed light on the journey we are on.  Different yoga traditions hold different perspectives on the body, and for different reasons.  Here is a brief introduction to this amazing...
WATCH: WHAT IS THE MIND?

WATCH: WHAT IS THE MIND?

What is the mind is the question of the moment!  In yoga, the mind can (and should) be stretched and strengthened, just like the body. Enjoy this short talk on the nature of the mind and its potential. We hope the dog, who snuck in mid-talk, doesn’t distract...
WATCH: WHAT IS THE HEART?

WATCH: WHAT IS THE HEART?

This is an enormous question. While admittedly, it’s not possible to answer it fully, at least from the perspective of the yoga tradition, we ask anyways. In the attempt to respond, something just might happen. In this video, we are encouraged to consider the nature of the heart as both an essential aspect of our selves, and something that unites us...

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