LIGHTENING UP ~ by Tony Wolff

With a healthy dose of Desikachar and Buddhism, neurophysiology, anatomy, and a good deal of common sense, as well as interviews with some of America’s leading yoga teachers, Lightening Up:  The Yoga of Self-Acceptance takes you on a journey to the essence of this ancient practice. It offers a humorous yet serious antidote to the performance and achievement orientation common to many contemporary classes, and might be seen as a training manual for accessing intuition and trusting your body’s wisdom. Continue reading



I had the good fortune last week to attend Erich Schiffmann’s training, “Going Deeper” at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. It just so happened that two workshops I was scheduled to teach at a new studio in my town were canceled. So being able to fly for free to Los Angeles, getting a rental car on credit card points, and using a $150 gift card toward a hotel stay, I said “I’m outta here” for some Erichji Yoga.

“Going Deeper” was described as…. Continue reading

Book Review: Yoga, the Spirit & Practice of Moving Into Stillness

Its taken me awhile to write this review because all I want to do is gush on and on about this book.

Since 1996, there has been a deeeep, soooothing voice in my head that tells me “keep it simple”. That voice is Erich Schiffmann’s from Ali Macgraw’s video Yoga Mind & Body. The original tape has been replaced by a DVD and there have been times over the years I’ve tried to ignore Erich, but still, he resides in head. “Keep it Simple.”

The message is his book is clear: find stillness and listen. Ask what do you need. Trust that voice that you hear. Keep it simple. Continue reading