ARTICLES AND VIDEOS BY JUSTIN

ALTHOUGH, TO BE HONEST, MOST OF THIS IS A REORGANIZATION OF THE IDEAS AND WORK OF OTHERS

I Found a New Way to Experience True Love Today

Possibly the last place I thought it would be...

I Found a New Way to Experience True Love Today

I found a new way to experience true love today. In the last place I’d expect to. I use the term true love purposefully… because this isn’t a story about big love. I think today we sometimes mistake big love for true love. This was not big love. But it was true love...

9 Essential Yoga Poses to Boost Energy

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(Originally written for Sonima.com)

9 Essential Yoga Poses to Boost Energy

When we talk about energy in a yogic context it’s easy to get lost in a sea of esoteric practices that promise to bring self-realization and nuanced control of our most subtle systems. As yogis, we recognize that our energy, or life force, is how we connect our physical experience to our mental and emotional experience. Having more life force, and getting that life force to flow more naturally, results in more physical energy, more mental clarity, and more emotional flexibility. Most of us spend every day wishing we had just a little more energy. Our energy level is dependent on...

Practical Magic – Energy and the Subtle Body

We can tell by the look on a person’s face what kind of emotion they are having. We can tell by a person’s habitual body language, what their habitual mental state is… that guy who’s always down and slumps his shoulders…. that woman talks 63426 words a minute who always seems excited by the world around her. In my personal life and as a teacher the most powerful practices I’ve seen are the ones that happen on all of the levels. But there’s a catch. We don’t have a lot of language in our society for Prana. When we say “energy” most people think there’s real energy (volts, amps) and everything else isn’t as real. One of the key components easily goes missing. But just as the painter’s colors are as much an artistic expression as the sculptor’s statue, Prana is just as much a part of who we are as is our flesh and blood. Prana is the bridge between our physical body and our thoughts and emotions...

A Simple Guide to Meditation

It's easier than you think!

A Simple Guide to Meditation

...It didn’t matter if it was 4am and I was hammered (I was 23, this was before yoga), I was going to sit for 5 minutes a night. It worked. In six weeks I was sleeping regularly. In 6 months, I never had trouble sleeping again. Intrigued by my own success, I continued, wondering where it would take me from there. Ten years later, this same sweet and simple meditation practice has profoundly affected my life. It has made me a better person, happier, more peaceful, more attentive… I could go on and on and on. The benefits are almost endless...

The Tangible Truth of Gods and Goddesses

Why there are chanting and deities in yoga.

The Tangible Truth of Gods and Goddesses

All of a sudden it was like a switch flipped. If I could let go of my brain enough it was like my body wanted to be in the shape on its own...Something clicked… you put these two things together. You take the ability to tune down the brain and feel into a certain shape and then when you’re chanting to a god or goddess you chant with that same “feeling into the chant.” All of a sudden chanting completely shifted for me. I began to feel the mantra like I could feel my physical practice. Not just saying the words or making the motions but experiencing on a deeper level...

With a Little Help From My Friends

Trust can be scary at first...

With a Little Help From My Friends

I’ll never forget hurricane Sandy. When I awoke the morning after, I did a survey of my apartment. No heat. No hot water. No electricity. No Gas. No idea when it was coming back. For a few hours I was defiant. “I can do it… I’ll tough it out… It’ll be like camping… My apartment can be like a cave in the side of a mountain like the yogis of old used to have…” But then I got cold. And hungry. And bored. It began to dawn on me that I was going to have to do something I almost never do. Ask for help...

The 100th Date

How honest is your self-talk?

The 100th Date

Chris Rock has an amazing bit about dating where he says you never meet the real person on a first date. You meet their representative. “That’s not really how you dress!” “That’s not what you really smell like!” This is something we all do to a certain degree, and not just on a first date. We walk around our daily life projecting an image. An image for how we want our coworkers to see us. Another image for how we want our family to see us. Another for how we want a romantic interest to see us. Hopefully, as time goes on, the relationships with these folks become more intimate and the walls come down. The façade fades and we engage with more authenticity. That’s how it’s supposed to work...

Worshiping Snow Angles

Playfulness can be prayer!

Worshiping Snow Angles

This weekend, New York City had its biggest snowstorm of the year. Almost a foot of the good stuff. Thick, wet, easily packable… the kind of snow Frosty was made from. If all you could think about during the storm was the cold and inconvenience of it all, I want you to stop reading this, do three summersaults, watch at least 30 minutes of cartoons, then come back. Go ahead, I’ll wait. This weekend’s snow is like a personal invitation from God to go play..

Learning to Fly

That feeling just before you jump...

Learning to Fly

I want to learn how to fly. I want to live this life to its fullest capacity. I want to love well. I know all of this takes self-awareness but, how many of us are really willing to go through what it takes to get that awareness? It seems in my life the only way I’ve ever been able to learn anything is the hard way. “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” Kahlil Gibran...

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