“Dharma” conveys a multitude of meanings depending upon one’s orientation. Within Hinduism, Dharma speaks to the actions one takes that are in accordance with the Universe and its plans for each individual’s life (i.e. one’s life purpose). For Buddhist, Dharma conveys the idea of Universal Order. While within Jainism and Sikhism, Dharma refers more towards the moral cleansing and path of righteousness that enables each person to transcend the limitations of their smaller self (the “I” related ego) and reunite with the Divine aspects of one’s larger Self (i.e. the Universal Consciousness within us all). (These I like to refer to Dharma with a capital “D.”)
Within the context of a Western Yoga Class, the concept of a “dharma talk” often serves as the moral grounding by which to begin to each practice. The purpose of these talks is to begin to shed light on, and potentially alter, one’s perspective by presenting a philosophical teaching on a given subject. (These I refer to dharma with a lower case “d.”)
Below you will find a sample of previous dharma talks I have provided as anchors for some of my classes. If you enjoyed these and would like to receive more, visit the contact page to sign up for my mailing list and I will send you a new one each week.
Why Do you Do Yoga? Taking Yoga Off the Mat
Responsibility Imposter Syndrome
“Love your apartment…” Shedding
Ragamuffin Mindset What does help look like?
Surrender Fear of being seen
Self-care woes Brahmacharya
Samskaras Darkness And Light
Would you rather? Big and Little Ego
Fear “Never Not be afraid“
The Teacher (and student) Fully Human?
There is no end point “No Mud. No Lotus“
Cows Feeding the wolves
The ego and avoidance Find Joy Now!
Feelings as Messengers You are not your feelings
Congratulations for showing up! Life’s Paradoxes
The Ego and God You don’t have to do anything
What does help look like? Its time to grow
Everything is connected Judgments
Last one there is awesome! The Darkness Reveals
The “problem” is not the problem “Should” versus “Want”
Which voice do you listen to? Opportunities in Disguise
There is no such thing as bad weather
How do You know when things are going well?
Everything I want is on the other side of this discomfort
What you seek can be found within “Just around the river bend”
Fear, Ego, and Finding Compassion
The Courage to Show-up Fully Being My Own Worst Enemy
What if God Were One of Us? The Danger of the In-betweens
Asteya “Freedom is Gained…”
Censorship As you Sew
Aparigraha Bearing Witness
Surrendering to Change Turtles
The “Enemy” Within Triggers
Trusting in the Universe Taking Responsibility
I saw a sign Meditate to Wholeness
Change: Feed Faith, Not Doubt Here is where the work is
Just Let Go! The gifts of the Universe
The Vishuddha Chakra Positive Resolutions
Breathe With Vulnerability is the Key
The Courage to Sit Inertia
The Big Choices Mindfulness
What are you waiting for? Flying too low
Stop Complaining! Can I just listen?
Its all in the breath Express yourself
Fear, Ego, + Finding Compassion Building Mental Immunity
Feel the fear and do it anyway Self-care = I Got This!
What mask are you wearing? Are you ready to change?
Why we Study Ourselves Time for loving kindness
Using you to discover you Honoring the Seasons
On the wrong train Baptize Yourself
Telling Ourselves “No.” What if I fail? What if you fly?
Shedding as we pick up The Dog And The Prince
Make Friends With Yourself Me Vs. The Four Maras
Grounding In Vs Checking Out Two Coins
Three Things To Contemplate So busy being Judgy
Become comfortable with the Wobbles Forgiveness is Freedom
The Man In The Arena Love Me More
Know, Like, And Trust Viva La Resistance!
No Where Else To Be “Kill Your Darlings”
Stop. Drop. And Roll What are your “trees”?
Fall In Love With Life Reframing The Narrative
Truthfulness The Cost of “I Don’t Know“
The Courage to Walk your Talk Doing the best we can
Life sucks… and that’s okay Self-Silencing
Being Wise With Our Words If you can’t say No….
The purpose isn’t the pose Ask Good Questions
Stop Complaining: Do something Its the little things
Reclaim your wholeness The story I am telling myself
Connecting across distance YES!
I want freedom in my life, not from my life. Ong Namo
I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you
Accountability and the unasked question
This Is Never Going To Work Positivity Redefined
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