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Feathered Pipe Blog: Voice of the Wisdom Holders

The Feathered Pipe has been blessed to host many of the foremost teachers, guides and wisdom holders within the realm of yoga, meditation, spirituality, health and wellness during our four-plus decades of existence. The Feathered Pipe Blog offers you the opportunity to explore more deeply their thoughts and insights for opening to experience a more healthful and fulfilling life.

Success and Onwards – Crystal Water

Did you miss it in 2021 or can't wait to come back and do it again? You are in luck because just as we shut down the Ranch for its seasonal hibernation, we are simultaneously gearing up for 2022. We are excited to open up registrations for our main season workshops now. READ MORE

Eating Dessert and Practicing Kindness – Crystal Water

The Feathered Pipe Ranch is at its core a sanctuary of kindness and trust. It is there to nurture you in nature and support you in community. Is it magic or simply kindness? Maybe magic that manifests out of kindness? Who can really say, but it is a unique place that community as its heart and we're glad you are a part of it. READ MORE

Change Comes From Within – Andy Vantrease

I believe that change is an inside-out job. That in order to write new narratives on a larger scale—communally, globally, economically, politically—we must first make peace with the multitude of stories that live within each of us. Feel our attachments, our joys, our longings, our heartaches, so that when we walk beside each other in this life, we recognize these universal needs and experiences in others. READ MORE

Asana for the Ages – Marla Apt

Imagine practicing the same sequence for a lifetime. Senior level Iyengar Yoga instructor Marla Apt was asked to suggest one set of poses you could do for decades, with modifications to honor the changes in energy and ability you’ll encounter at different times. It is assumed you have a basic knowledge of the poses presented. READ MORE

Carrying forward the Legacy – Crystal Water

The Ranch is truly a place to share with a community and it was nice to experience that again and to see the profound beauty of the individuals creating that community. We have started fresh after having been closed for nearly two years and it's exciting. It's exciting that we are here after the long pandemic! READ MORE

Our Healing Journey Together – Feathered Pipe Foundation

Our 2021 retreat season started off with one of the most profound experiences we have been a part of over these past 45 years. Twenty veterans along with Veterans Yoga Project teachers and staff came together after spending the past year and a half in study, meeting only through the magic of Zoom. READ MORE

Yoga, Nutrition & Ayurveda for Immune Health – Melina Meza

Your immune system is made up of many components including the tonsils, thymus gland, lymphatic and circulatory systems, digestive tract, and bone marrow. Each of these systems plays a unique role in helping your body fight against foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The immune system changes with age and functions are proven to decrease when faced with chronic stress, which is why yoga and a yogic lifestyle are so important for maintaining your health. READ MORE

Yoga: Discovering the True Nature of Being – Erich Schiffmann

I use the discipline of yoga to encourage the experience of stillness. The feeling of stillness is peace, and the feeling of peace is joy. That’s simple and profound and exciting. This is my emphasis because this is the most direct way of experiencing the truth about yourself. Experiencing yourself in stillness is like a wave relaxing into itself and thereby experiencing its inherent ocean nature. READ MORE

Doubling Down on Compassion and Kindness – Anne Jablonski

For many of you coming to the Ranch this season, your trip here may mark your inaugural foray ‘out into the big world’ after more than a year of quarantine, lockdown, isolation, and intense worries about health and safety. We are thankful for the many messages of support for and understanding about the health and safety protocols we are taking. READ MORE

Ardha Chandrasana: Half Moon Pose – Marla Apt

Ardha Chandrasana, the Half Moon pose is said to resemble the image of an Indian moon floating in the sky. The Sanskrit word Chandra also refers to the qualities of brilliance or shine of the moon. Although the torso is not dangling but is held up by strong legs, a lightness and freedom can be experienced in this pose as if you can radiate in all directions.  READ MORE

Letting Your Light Shine – Feathered Pipe Foundation

Greetings from the Feathered Pipe Ranch, where we are in full swing readying to share the summer with you! In the spirit of new green and life renewed, we would like to share an excerpt from the last interview India gave before she lifted off for the next great adventure. READ MORE

Sharing the Infinite – Crystal Water

There is nothing quite so humbling as gazing up at a dark night sky packed with stars. We reflect in that moment how insignificant we—with our ego-driven problems—are against the backdrop of the infinite. Yet we are simultaneously an integral part of. It brings us comfort and humility. READ MORE

Health & Ayurveda: What I Value The Most – Melina Meza

What I value most in this precious life is health. Health to me means absence of disease, stable energy levels and emotions, steady appetite, regular bowel movements and a daily urge to be creative. My definition of health is strongly influenced by my practice and study in Ayurveda over the last few decades and I continue to appreciate the practical wisdom she offers. READ MORE

Finding Your Center: Enjoying the gift of every day – Crystal Water

I was 6 years old when Brant Secunda came to the Feathered Pipe Ranch with Huichol Shaman Don Jose, who was nearly 100 years my senior. Don Jose made a lasting impression on me. Aside from exuding the unique beauty and wisdom that comes with living to that age, he wore his traditional clothing including his sandals. READ MORE

Journey into Healing – Brant Secunda

In 1970 at 18 years old, intrigued by a book of Carlos Castenada. I left my hometown in New Jersey and set out on a Journey to Ixtlan as a spiritual tourist in search of Don Juan. En route, I met a Huichol schoolteacher, who gave me the name of his family’s village – a 5 day walk away. READ MORE

Healing the Brokenness of our Dreams – Joseph Lamb, MD

"One of the biggest obstacles on the journey of achieving full wellness is the brokenness of our dreams." I was recently asked if the upcoming “A Functional Medicine Journey; 5 Days to Optimal Wellness” would be focused on the “why” of lifestyle change. I replied that it was focused on the “who”. READ MORE

Are You Ready to Leave the Bubble? – Lauren Walker

Do you want to learn the truth about your chakras? Do you want to learn how to release the ‘charge’ from your past that is making you unhappy? Do you want to lay down a pathway into the future for your energetic fields to support the manifestation of your desires? Well, it might be time to leave our bubbles... READ MORE

Here Comes the Sun! – Feathered Pipe Foundation

As the days get longer and warmer here, the snow melts away to reveal the remains of last year’s growth and the fertile soil below. The robins have returned and the neighborhood sparrows are having a full-blown gossip fest throughout the day. It seems all of life is more than ready to come forth from this long hibernation. READ MORE

Synchronized Swinging and ‘Odd Sympathy’ – Anne Jablonski

A friend recently shared a nugget of advice she’d read online, aimed at those prone to discouragement and despair about the world’s crazy-scary state. For anyone overwhelmed by the contrast between the immensity of the problems and the realistic measure of any one individual’s capacity to influence them. Her counsel? READ MORE

How Your Breath Affects Your Nervous System – Baxter Bell, MD

It turns out the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) that connects brain to body is a two-way street. If I am anxious and nervous or stressed out by events in my life or simply the thoughts about those events, my brain, via the nerves of the ANS, will likely turn on the Sympathetic part of that system (the Fight or Flight response)...But the cool thing is that the lungs and heart can feed back to the brain and essentially convince the brain that things are calm and peaceful, even when there are still stressful circumstances. READ MORE

The Value of Practice: Interview with Marla Apt

One of the beautiful things about doing yoga at the Feathered Pipe Ranch is that can devote more time to the practice. We get to spend hours in daily mindful practice yoga. The mind, body, and emotions are all aspects of our consciousness. Refining and culturing them has a potent and cumulative effect. READ MORE

Fatigue Relief: An Iyengar Yoga Sequence for Relieving Fatigue – Marla Apt

Too tired. For many it’s the default response to every request—even the fun ones. Some of the walking weary are simply too overworked or overstressed to get adequate rest, while others may feel drained by a physical ailment, a psychological condition, or the side effects of medication. Whatever the cause, all can benefit from the respite that a restorative yoga practice provides. READ MORE

Leaning into New Beginnings – Crystal Water

As the days grow longer and the pandemic seems to be getting under control, it's easy to be hopeful and lean into new beginnings. Many of us used this yearlong diversion from "normal life" as an opportunity for introspection, to reflect on what matters the most and how we can bring that into our lives going forward. READ MORE

The Guiding Light of Truth – Feathered Pipe Foundation

In the uncertainty and strangeness of these times, the light that can guide our way is the beacon of truth. We can sense it if we attune ourselves to its vibration and glow. Truth has its own frequency and warmth. We know it when we experience it, whether it’s in the words, actions, or presence of another — or simply within ourselves. READ MORE

Turning Towards the Light Within – Feathered Pipe Foundation

This time of quiet gestation and hibernation is as necessary for the land as it is for those who dwell on it. It can be a time of profound, slow-motion reset, relishing the quiet, and turning towards the warmth and glow of steady light — whether it’s from a flickering fire in the hearth or the eternal flame inside. READ MORE

Seeing the Forest from the Trees – Feathered Pipe Foundation

It's often hard in these days to see the forest from the trees. With the world lurching from one seeming crisis to another, we all need to be reminded about the value of pausing, releasing a long exhale, and coming back to our own ground. We're of little use to the urgent needs of this beautiful, needful world otherwise. READ MORE

Here’s to a Bright and Healthy 2021! – Crystal Water

Happy New Year! We start this fresh New Year full of hope and the best of intentions, while bringing with us the lessons we've learned through challenging times. As the year begins, we have a few things to share with you. Jennifer Daly, whom many of you know from her heavenly bodywork at the Ranch, has created the Global Compassion Sound Journey Meditation with her collection of Himalayan singing bowls and tuning forks. READ MORE

Let’s Bring in the New Year Together! – Crystal Water

While the holiday season takes a different form this year, it remains a time of gratitude and connection. We'd like to extend our thanks and share three gifts with you. Thanks to many volunteers, generous donors, grants, support of all kinds from our Feathered Pipe community, and our talented team we have gone from contemplating our survival to actually thriving during this extraordinarily challenging year. READ MORE

The Principles and Practice of Yoga Nidra – Richard Miller, PhD

Yoga Nidra is derived from the ancient Tantric Shastras, and forms a complete program of deep relaxation, intensive Self-inquiry and profound meditation. During Yoga Nidra we carefully and systematically investigate the nature of the structures and beliefs that define our personal identity. These structures include the physical body, the energy body, the sensation, feeling and emotional bodies, the bodies of thought and imagery, and the bodies of bliss and personal ego identity. READ MORE

Wisdom: The Blessing and Reward in Being Human – Erich Schiffmann

Know that when your time here is up you will go on to new adventures and learnings, and that you will be just as alive then as you are now. Know also that you came here to be here in order to learn from the experiences that are possible in this particular environment. You came for the prize of experience: wisdom. READ MORE

Anxiety Relief: An Iyengar Yoga Sequence for Relieving Stress – Marla Apt

For many of us, what inhibits us from reaching our full potential and effectiveness in our day-to-day life isn't a visible and readily apparent handicap but is the built-up mental and emotional stress that can manifest in the physical and mental body as pain and anxiety. This can hamper if not block our progress forward in our work, our personal relationships and our individual spiritual evolution if not effectively channeled and redirected. READ MORE

Creating Connections & Community – Crystal Water

As we approach the darkest time of the year, it is important to find ways to bring light, energy, meaning, and joy into our lives. Surely this is why we have so many winter traditions in which we come together with family, light candles, eat copious amounts of food with loved ones, and promote giving and compassion. READ MORE

Soft Peace and Childlike Wonder – Carie Garrett

A few years ago, I decided to create some new brain grooves. I decided to have a 4-week “calm and centered for the holidays” class; 4 weeks of discussions, study, and practices to keep us anchored and grounded in this difficult time for many. I wanted to be intentional in walking through these holiday weeks in the spirit of exploration and change and wanted to walk through them in the divine company of the amazing people in my community. READ MORE

Keys to a Rewarding Home Yoga Practice – Judith Hanson Lasater

Most people practicing yoga have experienced the enormous benefits the practice confers. However, maintaining a regular yoga practice can be an enormous challenge. How does it fit into our busy modern lives? How do we "make time" to practice yoga? What do we do when it feels like a struggle to get on our mat every day? READ MORE

Cultivating Compassion and Giving in Our World – Crystal Water

We'd like to invite you to a very special online event. The Tibetan Children's Education Foundation (TCEF), started under the nurturing umbrella of Feathered Pipe Foundation, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of it, TCEF is hosting a Virtual Tibetan Culture Night Fundraiser. Please join us on November 21, 2020 at 8 PM Mountain Time. It will be fun and educational, not to be missed! READ MORE

Coronavirus: Are You Trading Away your Health Reserves? – Dr. Joseph Lamb

As we struggle with the new reality of a global epidemic, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions seem to be at the highest risk of poor outcomes with COVID-19. But as has been noted, not all poor outcomes are associated with these groups. Younger people and seemingly healthy people are dying with COVID-19. Could it be that these represent individuals who have traded away their health reserves? READ MORE

Love and Goodness: The Basic Truth of You – Erich Schiffmann

The basic truth is that you and I are aspects of creative divine Consciousness, and we are grounded in Love and Goodness. Therefore, as you experience the truth of who you are, you will feel good inside about yourself because you’ll be in touch with the creative energy of Love and Goodness which is already in you. It’s what you are made of. It’s who you are. READ MORE

God in Everyone: Living a “Religious Life” – Erich Schiffmann

The word “religion” means to re-link or bind together. It is similar to yoke. It has to do with the feeling of not being separate, apart, left on your own or abandoned. And because you feel your connection with God and the universe you feel held, protected, taken care of. You feel safe. You thereby grow increasingly confident that the universe is inherently good. READ MORE

Where is Your Attention These Days? – Anne Jablonski

It’s easier than ever these days to surrender to unbounded time shackled to screens that capture our attention and put our senses to sleep. But there’s another sort of surrender — the one that invites us to reclaim our power over where we put our attention. It helps us rediscover our built-in capacity to soften life’s sharp edges and revives reverence and gratitude for what we can see, hear, taste, touch, and love. READ MORE

Going Deeper: Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana – Marla Apt

So often in your practice, you’ll feel a craving for deep sensation, like that of a cat luxuriating in its morning stretch. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-of-the-Knee Pose) is one of those asanas that can inspire this desire, and if you practice with a focus on stretching, the pose can definitely provide a great deal of sensation. READ MORE

Planting the Seeds of Kindness – Crystal Water

During this holiday weekend of remembrance and solidarity in service to each other, I invite you to join me and Feathered Pipe in planting a seed to manifest kindness. That can be a smile, a poor feeding, a donation to your favorite cause, taking time to be good to yourself, volunteering, absolutely anything kind that can help reduce suffering in the world. Doesn't that feel empowering? READ MORE

Deepest Gratitude & Faith in the Goodness of Life

Things continue to progress at nature's own pace here at the Ranch this summer. Without a full schedule of programs, we are attending to many long put-off projects and finding time to imagine other ways in which to accentuate the grandeur of the land. Mother Nature is more than lending her hand with the new aspen-pine forest continuing to reach toward the azure blue sky above, and our new resident moose yearling having made the lake his/her habitat of choice. READ MORE

Feathered Pipe 45th Anniversary Online Workshop Recordings

Just wanted to share a quick update and note of appreciation to all of you who participated in India's Memorial over the Fourth of July weekend and the week-long online workshop celebration of our 45th anniversary. We are completely blown away by the overwhelming and heartfelt response! READ MORE

Give Me Some Shanti – Crystal Water

While it has been popular for thousands of years in the east, it is just over the past few decades that yoga has busted its asana into the Occidental world. It’s gone from being a fringe movement of far-out hippies to mainstream-totally-hip. In this action-packed and fast-moving world, more and more people are experiencing how yoga and meditation can change their life and bring peace of mind. READ MORE

Returning to the Self: The Practice of Pratyahara – Judith Hanson Lasater

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the second chapter is filled with teachings about the astanga or eight-limbed yoga system. The astanga system is presented as a series of practices which begin with external limbs like ethical precepts and move toward more internal limbs like meditation. The fifth step or limb is called pratyahara and is defined as the conscious withdrawal of energy from the senses. Almost without exception yoga students are puzzled by this limb. READ MORE

Moving from Attention to Awareness – Gernot Huber

Our minds have the tendency to be overly reactive, to zero in on what appears to be the most pressing thing at any given moment, to the exclusion of everything else. For survival in prehistoric times, such focused attention was probably a healthy response. But to live mindfully (and thus to maximize happiness), it is best to minimize this tendency, because being attention-driven and overly reactive keeps us in a state of perpetual low-level stress, always mindlessly reacting to the strongest stimulus. READ MORE

Self-Knowledge: the Act of Dying to One’s Self – Ravi Ravindra

A great deal of emphasis has been placed by the traditions on self- knowledge, the kind of knowledge that transforms and heals the soul. The words written over the ancient library of Ozymandias, the king of Egypt, meant The Soul’s Cure.  Self-knowledge is a prerequisite to, if not synonymous with, knowledge of God. READ MORE

The Ten Most important Sutras – Judith Hanson Lasater

The 196 verses of the Yoga Sutras create an exquisitely sophisticated map of mind and consciousness, and to attempt to separate ten that are the most important is as foolish as digging to China. However, I will attempt to discuss ten of the sutras which I find definitive for the study of yoga. READ MORE

Replenishing Ourselves: The Necessity of Receiving – Carie Garrett

Giving is wonderful. Extending ourselves in service to others, sharing our gifts, wisdom, and time is very important. The world is in need of what we have to give. But, if we keep giving and giving, doing and doing, without plugging into our true source and replenishing ourselves, we will run dry. Our souls can become depleted. READ MORE

Balancing Anger: Honoring the Urge to Break Free and Fly – Lauren Walker

SPRING! Has there ever been a stranger spring? Echoes of Twilight Zone reverberate throughout the land, as we try to make sense of what is happening all around us. It is hard to know what to do, where to turn, who to trust. And still...the world goes on. The flowers push up through the dirt, the trees press out a million buds, the songbirds litter the sky with their wing beats and their songs. READ MORE

Creating Our Destiny: Life is but a Dream – Dr. Michael Lennox

Sleeping dreams, aspirational dreams, waking dreams:  Truly, these three separate ideas are really reflecting one singular notion that is based on the principle that we are the creators of our own magnificent destiny.  When we awaken to this creative power that lives within each of us, we are set upon a path that allows us to truly live in a masterful way. READ MORE

Yoga’s Essence: Remembering Our Divine Connection – Erich Schiffmann

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “yoke,” and yoke means “union” and “joining.” This is a reference to our ever-existing connection with the creative God Force. Yoga as a practice is about making this personal connection a conscious feeling-reality fact. Allowing yourself to then be guided by this inner feeling-reality is the source of right action. READ MORE

The Unexplainable Importance of Yoga – J. Brown

We’ve all heard about the amazing things that yoga can do for us, but try explaining exactly what it is and how it works and you quickly find yourself on shaky ground. There is an innate something at the heart of the matter that simply cannot be measured, only felt. As unsatisfying as this may be, the highly subjective perception of our own experience is the only real basis for any understanding, and the very thing that makes yoga so vital. READ MORE

Pranayama: The Intersection Between Body, Breath & Mind – Gernot Huber

The part of your nervous system that regulates your breath as well as the other body maintenance functions is called the autonomic nervous system (ANS), because it functions autonomously from the conscious mind. What is interesting about the breath is that you ARE able to influence your breathing consciously without much effort when you do remember your breath. READ MORE

Grief’s Antidote: Letting Go and Living in Faith – Lauren Walker

Spring is the time of rebirth, of renewal, of breaking through the darkness of winter and reasserting our life force energy.  But the emotions that are sweeping most of the world right now are more in line with Autumn.  Grief, loss, letting go. During this time when uncertainty is the only thing that we all seem to be certain about, the teachings from the Autumn element are striking. READ MORE

Supta Padangusthasana: Go-to Pose for Lower Back Pain – Marla Apt

Supta Padangusthasana is my go-to pose for lower back pain. In this asana the back muscles and hamstrings are safely stretched while the back is supported by the floor, preventing it from rounding or pushing backwards. The correct actions in the pose help create traction in the lower back while the asymmetrical nature of the stretch can balance tension and distortion on the two sides of the back. READ MORE

Feed Your Soul: Reclaiming Wonder & Creativity – Carie Garrett

This freedom that we long for is a function of relaxing back into who we are, reclaiming our natural childlike free-flowing state of wonder and creativity. Freedom is a feeling of rightness that comes from an unplanned, creative experience of being completely in the moment, following its lead wherever it takes you. When we can become brave enough to say “yes” to it flowing through us, it completely feeds the soul. READ MORE

Ease vs. Happiness – Nat Kendall

Most of us have been programmed to think we need to chase this ideal of feeling ‘happy’ as often as possible. However the reality is that a feeling of happiness is fleeting and in pursuing that alone we can create the exact opposite effect, we’re getting stressed out trying to find and hold onto it – what a paradox! I’m beginning to see through the illusion and have focused instead on building a life filled with more balance and ease. READ MORE

Creating a Framework for Freedom – Marla Apt

When we lack clarity in our boundaries with others, we oftentimes become inwardly rigid with fear because all interactions become a minefield of unknown possibilities.  As ironic as it may sound, practicing disciplines that read like rules and behavioral restrictions can set us free. Developing a firmness and clarity in our actions and reactions allows us to be fluid, creative, and truly in the moment. READ MORE

Deep Listening: You are the Creative Power of Life – Erich Schiffmann

Your power is the creative power of Life flowing through you. When you feel it, you will intuitively understand that not only can you use this power to shape your experience and external circumstances, but that you have been doing so all along. We are constantly pulling things and events into materialization. That is how we are built. We have been given the gift of creativity. The idea is to now do it consciously, guided from within. READ MORE

The Essence of Namaste – Nat Kendall

"Om. Namaste." I fold my hands in prayer, in reverence. The left palm meeting the right palm and a soft bow of my head. I show you that I come in peace so that you’ll lay down your weapons — be them words, actions or thoughts. My eyes meet yours and I see you. I see beyond your masks, judgments and projections. I see, you. READ MORE

Here & Now: A Key to the Yoga Sutras – Dean Lerner

Let’s uncover this “secret” found in the very first four sutras.  They commence with “Now begins the study of Yoga.  Yoga is the cessation of the movements in the consciousness.  Then, the seer abides in his own true grandeur.  At other times, the seer identifies with the fluctuating consciousness.”  You have probably read and contemplated these sutras countless times.  What could be hidden there? READ MORE

“Gentle Yoga” is for Everybody – Lanita Varshell

A beautiful larger woman, somewhere in her 50's, walked into my center today with her friend. I could tell that she was apprehensive walking in the door, but when she saw me, a well-rounded 50 plus year-young teacher and the studio owner, she relaxed a little. The story she told me is similar what I have heard from hundreds of women in the last 15 years. READ MORE

Feathered Pipe Ranch: “But with Montana it is Love.” – Anne Jablonski

John Steinbeck famously said, “I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love.” I understand now exactly what he means. As do many of us who live in busy urban areas who are often in search of those rare, uncrowded, sacred places on the planet where we can recover our sense of awe for the world. READ MORE

How to Foster Brain Health with Yoga – Dr. Baxter Bell & Nina Zolotow

We’ve spent quite a lot of time learning about brain health and how we can use yoga to support it as we age. We're happy to report there are quite a number of ways! So today we’re providing recommendations for how to use your yoga practice to foster brain health, including both your cognitive health and the health of your central nervous system. READ MORE

Stress and the Need for Retreat & Renewal – Dr. Joseph Lamb

All individuals are worthy of respect and reverence for the deep, intangible meaning and purpose possessed by each of us; yet for many, this personal touchpoint for creating optimal wellness has been lost. Healing involves more than knowing information. Healing requires recreating our story, our wellness and indeed our meaning and purpose. It’s an art. It’s a personalized path. It’s a dynamic dance of science and spirit. READ MORE

Therapeutic Healing in Iyengar Yoga – Marla Apt

According to Patañjali’s definition, all practitioners of yoga are undergoing a form of therapy, whether it is for a spiritual ailment, a mental misapprehension or a physical illness. In the practice of Iyengar yoga, the therapeutic and meditative benefits are derived through a progressive system involving the sequencing of the asanas (poses) and pranayama (yogic practice involving breath control), attention to the alignment and technique of the practices and the timing in the practices. READ MORE

Escaping the Digital Quicksand, Mindfully – Anne Jablonski

It’s not the technology itself that’s the problem: it’s mismanagement of our agency over it. The solution isn’t to ban technology (good luck with that). Instead, we need to lay a foundation of mindfulness so that our daily encounters with technology do more good than harm. In an April 2017 interview about the mindfulness revolution that he helped to create, Kabat-Zinn said that the biggest distractor is not your iPhone: “It’s your own mind.” READ MORE

All These Years Together – Judith Hanson Lasater

Anyone who has heard about the Feathered Pipe Ranch has heard about what a special place it is. I loved it from the first time I taught there, in 1975. In those days Montana was a lot more “exotic.” And a “yoga workshop” was just plain weird. When we 23 hearty souls gathered that July, we ate our dinners sitting around the kitchen table. The three-week long workshop cost $250. We became a family, a community, whose influence would reach out and touch people around the world over the next 40 years. READ MORE

Brain Health: How Aging Affects the Brain & Nervous System – Baxter Bell, MD

We have recently shared some basic information about what the brain and nervous system are and what they do. And we’ve also shared with you how yoga can help with healthy aging of these essential parts of our bodies. Yet we have not been clear on what the normal aging changes are for the brain and the nervous system, so today, I will address that deficiency! READ MORE

New Beginnings: Finding Direction – Crystal Water

Happy New Year! May this year be filled health and healing, friendship and love, appreciation for one another's uniqueness, gratitude for everything wonderful in our lives, letting go and finding new direction. New Year is a great time to think about new beginnings and how to create a space in our lives for finding direction and doing what truly matters. READ MORE

Our Legacy: Kindness, Love and Good Works – Crystal Water

My mom, India Supera, always said since you can't take anything with you when you die, your legacy is what you leave behind in kindness, love and good works. During her life, we saw how she brought this wisdom into practice. Our goal is to continue India's legacy of giving and inspiration through the Feathered Pipe's program and 'good works' long into the future. READ MORE

Overflowing with Gratitude – Crystal Water

The outpouring of love and gratitude from people India guided or helped in life has been filling our souls. Friends from her whole life have come out of the woodwork and back into our lives simply to say, "Thank you, India" and describe how their experiences with her and the Ranch changed them and helped set them on a positive life's path. READ MORE

Ongoing Miracles and Crazy Wisdom – Feathered Pipe Foundation

It has never been more important than now, amid our shared grief over India’s passing, when faith in the possibility of “miracles and crazy wisdom” leavens our heartache. The fact that the cosmic tumblers can indeed fall into place is manifesting in two ways today. We feel it in our shared and rejuvenated commitment to continue where our India left off in nourishing the Feathered Pipe as an oasis of compassion and goodness in the world. READ MORE

Focusing on the Possibilities – India Supera

People really have more power than they know, especially when we come together for healing. I don’t know how much time I have, but I do know that I want the Feathered Pipe to be a strong organization that continues to help people when they need it. READ MORE

The Power of Nature – Baxter Bell, MD

Melina and I have been teaching at the Ranch together now for many years, and the one thing we both love about leading retreats at Feathered Pipe Ranch in all the abundant natural beauty that is the Ranch. We live on a busy street in a huge city in one of the most populated places on earth, so arriving at the Ranch with the only appreciable sounds being the changing winds and the babbling brook outside the teachers cabin is like landing in heaven! READ MORE

Is Your Yoga Safe? – J. Brown

When it comes to alignment, I find it curious to notice teachers who are are usually quite rigid in their instruction are now bending over backwards to explain how they respond to the needs of students. Specifically, I was reading an excerpt from a new book, written by a senior teacher in a classical tradition, who was considering the instruction to "straighten your leg." READ MORE

Yoga & Aging: Navigating Life’s Transitions – Judith Hanson Lasater

When I began my yoga practice in 1970, I had the idea that I would pretty much be following the same practice routine forever that I had established from the beginning. Nothing has been further from the truth. At the beginning I adapted my life to fit my practice. I started going to bed earlier so that I could awaken to practice in a quiet morning environment. I changed my diet, what I read, who I hung out with, and soon, my job, as I decided to begin teaching yoga. But over the years... READ MORE

Grace & Surrender Under the Big Sky – Nat Kendall

As long as I can remember, I've always been fascinated with the natural world. Growing up outside, amidst the towering mountains of Montana, living in alignment with the land and seasons and cradled under the big sky, foreshadowed something I would later rediscover through the practice of yoga in a BIG way – surrender. READ MORE

I Teach Yoga – J. Brown

The question of what yoga is, and who has a right to claim any authority over it, has always been a heated debate among earnest yogis. But one thing is for sure, if our definition of yoga is contingent on another person, especially someone who is revealed to be something other than what we predicated our understanding on, our sense of yoga will easily become confused or destroyed. READ MORE

Meditation: The Art of Listening Inwardly – Erich Schiffmann

For me, meditation in action—that is, in the midst of daily life—always involves the realization that this moment, right now, is absolutely worthy of my fullest attention. This means that “here” is where I am supposed to be, and that “this” is what I am supposed to be doing, and that “you” are who I am supposed to be with. READ MORE

The Wisdom of Patanjali and Krishnamurti – Dr. Ravi Ravindra

All great masters are original, not necessary novel. They are original in the real sense of the word—they are close to the origins. Therefore, they each express truth in their own quite unique way.... Although we usually think of knowledge as being a good thing, Krishnamurti emphasized the point that thought is the source of the problem, not the source of the solution. Patañjali said the movements of the mind are the source of the problem. READ MORE

Spinal Health: Bringing Vitality Back to the Spine – Gernot Hubor

Back issues are one of the most common physical complaints people have. Learning to tune into spinal alignment, and learning to lengthen and compress your spine can do wonders for spinal health, both in the short and the long term. One of the common causes of acute spinal trouble is over-compression of one edge of one of the discs between the vertebrae. READ MORE

Prana Management: Transitioning with Yoga and Ayurveda – Melina Meza

In both yoga and Ayurveda, you are encouraged to move smoothly and calmly between transitions. Smooth transitions are key to prana (life energy) management and balance as you pass through the daily, seasonal, and life cycles. Here are a few of my favorite ways to manage prana and smooth out transitions in yoga and Ayurveda. READ MORE

True Confessions: My Yoga Story – Baxter Bell, MD

My colleague, Nina, from Yoga For Healthy Aging (YFHA) said it was time I shared my story of coming to yoga, so here it is. But first, I should start by telling you what my life was like before I discovered yoga in 1994. Wow, where to start?! READ MORE

Rewriting the Story: One Word, One Pose at a Time – Andy Vantrease

It was week two of my yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and I was unraveling. I had come here with high expectations (and equally high anxiety): Return to the place where Lyme Disease ripped my life apart several years earlier—and prove to myself how far I’d come. How much I’d grown. How deeply I had healed. READ MORE

Petitioning Your Dreams for Guidance – Dr. Michael Lennox

We all dream.  But what dreams mean and why during REM sleep we see images that are rarely clear and often bizarre remains one of life’s mysteries.  What if dreams could be tapped into to help you in your waking life?  What if you could actually use the symbolism and stories to answer difficult questions or solve long burning life issues? READ MORE

Yoga Bodies, Yoga Minds – Chase Bossart

To understand what yoga for healing is and how it works, we need to know how it views the human system (body and mind), and why it holds these perspectives. The answers to this question can be found, at least in part, by looking for traditional Indian anatomical models that have been influential in India at different times over the past 2000 years as yoga developed. READ MORE

Not My Chicken: Reclaiming Your Power – Carie Garrett

Back in 2009, I began a life-changing addition to my yoga journey: 12-step recovery from co-dependency. Over these past 10 years I have learned to empower myself from within, instead of looking outward to others to provide my worth and my truth. I’ve learned how to own my voice and my opinions, especially when they differ from others’ voices and opinions. Most importantly, I’ve learned what boundaries are and how to set them. READ MORE

Salamba Sarvangasana: Supported Shoulderstand – Marla Apt

If you are new to yoga, you may not be ready to perform many of the inverted poses but you can begin enjoying the benefits of practicing inversions through Sarvangasana, which can gradually and safely be learned by beginners.  Once the art of balancing in this pose has been mastered, a yoga practitioner never graduates from practicing this essential yoga asana. READ MORE

What is Bhakti? Nurturing Our Divine Connection – Nat Kendall

Often words fall short. Trying to portray the subtleties of our own unique life experience and perspective can be so elusive. Sharing the emotions and feelings that swell up in our own heart – the depths of our tender suffering and the ecstasy of our pure joy – how could this ever be encapsulated into words? And then desperately trying to be heard and experienced by another? READ MORE