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Tim Miller
Encinitas CA
"My goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for practice. The practice itself, done consistently and accurately, is the real teacher." <br><a href=""></a>
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Thirty-five years ago I was visiting Mysore for the first time. I arrived in early January when the weather was still relatively cool, but with the arrival of February it began to get quite warm, and by the beginning of March the heat was becoming nearly unbearable. I was staying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
Attachment (raga) and aversion (dvesa) are two of the five klesaa—causes of suffering—mentioned by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. On the subject of attachment he is very succinct: “Sukha anusayi ragah”—attachment is the residue of pleasure. His take on aversion is equally to the point: “Dukha anusayi dvesah”—aversion is the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
Today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), a traditional day of celebration and self-indulgence on the eve of the beginning of the privations of Lent, starting tomorrow on Ash Wednesday and continuing until Easter Sunday. In the Christian tradition, Lent marks the time to give up things like rich foods, sugar,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
Yesterday was my 66th birthday and I received many sweet messages via email, text, phone call, and face-to-face greeting. Don’t get me wrong, I love birthdays—especially my own—but this one managed to come at an inopportune time. For some reason my wife seems to think that my birthday is a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
Last night when I arrived home from my weekend journey to Point Orange, Florida, I breathed a big sigh of relief, knowing that I wouldn’t have to get on another airplane for over a month. Nothing against airplanes, I just don’t think that the human body was designed to be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
Today has been one of those days when every one I talked to was having issues of some kind. There was a whole litany of physical complaints—back pain, knee pain, foot pain, etc.—what I refer to as “issues in the tissues”. Obviously the human body is a very imperfect thing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
We have a few significant cosmic events to look forward to this week. The planet Saturn, which has been transiting through Scorpio since November of 2014, will move into Sagittarius on Thursday January 26th. Sagittarius is inherently more optimistic and generous than Scorpio, so we may feel things lighten up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
My dental hygienist, Lena, always tells me, “You have bionic plaque, if there was ever any one who needs to floss, it’s you.” I always smile and nod and vow to do better, but the truth of the matter is that I’m not a diligent flosser and continue to pay... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
This morning at 8:21am PST the Sun at 27 degrees Sagittarius squared Uranus, currently positioned at 27 degrees Pisces. Regarding this transit, astrologer Robert Hand writes, “Let the restless spirit within you express itself. You need new air! You may very well discover a valuable aspect of yourself that you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
The first week of January holds special significance for me because it marks the anniversary of my first yoga class—January 6th, 1978. At that time I was employed as a “Mental Health Worker” at San Luis Rey psychiatric hospital in Encinitas, working long hours in a stressful environment for low... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Tuesdays with Timji
As we enter the final days of 2016 I find myself reflecting back on the past year with a lot of mixed emotions. This past year, like every year, was filled with many wake up calls and opportunities for learning and growth, most notably the election of Donald Trump. Like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
This years’ winter solstice falls on Wednesday December 21st at 2:45 am PST, when the Sun reaches its southern most declination in its orbit at the Tropic of Capricorn and we experience the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. For thousands of years all over the world... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
One of my favorite yoga sutras is number 12 from Chapter One: “Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah”—the fluctuations of the mind are stilled through practice and non-attachment. The single most important thing about yoga practice (abhyasa) is doing it. This past weekend I taught a workshop in that great spiritual vortex known... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
This morning at 4:18am PST the Sun and Moon were conjunct (New Moon) at 13 degrees Scorpio. Significantly, the Sun/Moon conjunction occurred exactly at the midpoint between the nodes of the Moon, with Rahu at 13 degrees Leo and Kethu at 13 degrees Aquarius. In the language of western astrology,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
Last week, after the devastating results of the election were in and I was trying to wrap my head around the prospect of a four-year Trump administration, I got into my car I looked for a CD that would provide an appropriate soundtrack for the occasion. My selection was Leonard... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
I settled on the couch at 5pm and turned on CNN to watch the election returns, thinking that I would be seeing history in the making as Hillary Clinton became the first woman president of the U.S.—after all, that’s what all the polls were telling us. Donald Trump had an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
On this day twenty-five years ago I had a life changing experience in India. It was a Friday, and some friends had arranged for a car to take us on an overnight outing. We left Mysore around 11am and drove a couple of hours to our first stop—Sravana Belagola, site... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist, gave us all some great advice when he said, “Follow your bliss.” He encouraged his students to first discover what really fed their souls and then to delve deeply into that. It’s a pretty simple formula for living a fulfilling life. When I first discovered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
Wanting to keep their son protected from the harsh realities of the outside world, the king and queen kept their young son prince Siddhartha sequestered within the peaceful and comfortable confines of the palace. One day, overcome with curiosity, Siddhartha ventured outside the palace walls to get a glimpse of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
One of the great lessons to be learned from yoga is how to live in the world of duality without being unduly disturbed by it—to recognize that it is all the Divine Lila (Play/Drama). To create a great play you need a good dose of duality—good guys and bad guys... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
Throughout the Christian world the Feast of Saint Francis is celebrated on October 4th to honor the life and work of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. When St. Francis was born in 1182, his father, a wealthy cloth merchant, was traveling in France. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
The Nakshatra known as Hasta (the “Hand”) comprises the area of the zodiac from 10 to 23 degrees Virgo. Hasta consists of the five stars of the constellation called Corvi (the “Crow”), which lies just below the constellation of Virgo. The name Hasta is derived from the resemblance of these... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
Wednesday September 21st has been designated as the International Day of Peace by the general assembly of the United Nations. First celebrated in 1982, 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of this event. This years’ theme is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
The Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls closest to the Autumnal Equinox. This years Harvest Moon is Friday, September 16th at 12:05pm PDT at 0 degrees Pisces in Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra. The Harvest Moon for 2016 will be a lunar eclipse as well, but not one that will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji
Twenty-five years ago when I was visiting Mysore, I went to see a Vedic astrologer for the first time. The first question he asked me was, “So, what brings you to Mysore, young man?” (I was young then) I told him I was there to study yoga with K. Pattabhi... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Tuesdays with Timji