Interview on Hindu Identity

Recently I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Mat McDermott, a contributing writer for Patheos, on Hindu identity. It was engaging opportunity to express my experiences as a White person adopting a Hindu practice and culture. When and why did you first identify as Hindu? I started exploring a Hindu identification pretty immediately. … Continue reading Interview on Hindu Identity

An Argument for Dedication

This post is a follow-up to my last post on Spiritual Relativism. I'll be more direct here on why a parampara is important and hope that readers can understand where I'm coming from - and respond to points of offense. I'll also note that this is focused on spiritual relativism/spiritual exploration as relevant to the yoga … Continue reading An Argument for Dedication

Grace in Islam and Beyond

Adapted from the longer essay "Let the Ocean Carry." One common characteristic of Oriental religious texts is that the more beautiful and poetic they are, the less clear they are on doctrine. In Islam, however, we are fortunate to have a common source and inspiration for all the centuries of Islamic poetry and art: the … Continue reading Grace in Islam and Beyond

Yoga Is Meant to Make Us Whole

We bring ego into yoga in so many ways. There's so much going on in the body, mind, and emotional self, so of course all these things complicate yoga. It's amazing to see all the yoga classes that qualitatively seem no different than workout parlors. I've even had teachers like this who studied in India, … Continue reading Yoga Is Meant to Make Us Whole