Erich: I was always taught that the word Namaste means, “I bow to you.” Or, “The God in me sees the God in you.” Or, “The Light in me sees the Light in you,” something like that. These all have the same fundamental meaning. But, the specific definition that I have always liked is, “The light of my awareness sees the light of your presence.”

Awareness does seem like a light. Like, right now, you are aware, and wherever you put your attention is like you are shining your flashlight — the flashlight of your awareness — on whatever you happen to focus on. Continue reading


Erich: The other thing I want to keep reminding everybody about, because I keep learning it anew, is always keep going back to the basics.

Yoga. It means, “to yoke,” “to join.” When you “yoke” and “join,” you will experience the already-existing Unity.

So, the word, Yoga, means “join,” but it also means “union, Unity.”

In easy words, it’s about small mind — your sense of self — joining with Big Mind. The more you join with Big Mind, the more you realize, “Oh wow, I’m not actually joining with Big Mind. Big Mind IS my mind.” Continue reading


Erich: I’ve been trying to include more Savasana in these classes. We did it the other day. It’s been on my mind to do more of it. But, in lieu of that, as a homework, maybe get yourself to do Savasana at home, deliberately, if not every day, then maybe once a week.

Savasana is the Deep Relaxation Pose. You simply lie down and relax, and let yourself become wide open, and pay attention to the experience you are having… Continue reading


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This is an excerpt from the full talk. Full talk, guided meditation, guided asana practice, freeform asana practice, and end-of-class meditation all available at

Erich: In the midst of whatever you are doing, wonder to yourself, ask God, “What is the truth here, really? What is the truth of this, really? What is the truth of this person I’m looking at? What is the truth of this sandwich I’m about to eat? What is the truth of this awesome sunset I’m seeing? What is the truth of this traffic jam?” Continue reading