Remembering Trevor Tice

On Tuesday, shockwaves traveled through the yoga world as news of Trevor Tice’s death arrived on our Facebook walls and in our Twitter feeds.  Those of you who practice at  CorePower Yoga are likely very familiar with Trevor as he founded the chain of studios that began in Denver and quickly opened in cities big and small around the United States.  Currently CorePower Yoga has more than 160 locations. It would be impossible to overstate the number of people who found yoga because of Trevor’s vision of bringing yoga to the masses in a new and modern way.  There are countless people more »

My Time at Yoga Tree

Tim and Tara Dale came into my life at the perfect moment. I had just found out I was HIV+, a business relationship was ending, and I had just been evicted from my home. I felt rudderless, alone and unsure of my future. Tara and Tim not only offered me a job at this new studio called Yoga Tree, they also offered me their friendship. They helped me transform one of the most hopeless times in my life into one of the most exciting and growth filled times. They stood by me when I adopted my son, recovered from an more »

Spiritual Capitalism

By Darren Main “The Church needs to do a reality check.” according to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Ireland.  This following  the landslide vote legalizing marriage equality in  his country.  And while I share his view about the need for a “reality check”, we arrive at that conclusion from very different places. His view has more to do with messaging.  That the church simply needs to work harder to get their message out—in this case, the message being,  “homosexuality is sinful”.  My view, however has to do with something I call spiritual capitalism.       Just as one can choose to shop at Safeway, Walmart or Whole Foods for their more »

The Reality Check

By Darren Main “The Church needs to do a reality check.” according to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Ireland.  This following  the landslide vote legalizing marriage equality in  his country.  And while I share his view about the need for a “reality check,” we arrive at that conclusion from very different places.   His view has more to do with messaging.  That the church simply needs to work harder to get their message out—in this case, the message being,  “homosexuality is sinful.”  My view, however has to do with something I call spiritual capitalism.       Just as one can choose to shop at Safeway, Walmart, or Whole Foods more »

In Lieu of Flowers. . . .

Having written about the Westboro Baptist Church in my book, Hearts & Minds and having  debated Shirley Phelps,  I find  myself struggling with the passing of her father, The Rev. Fred Phelps.  As the founder of the infamous  church ‘meets Jesus’, the rest of us are left with a quandary about how to mark his passing. Little nice can be said about his life, his deeds or his words.  He and his followers picked at Matthew Shepard’s funeral, the funerals of countless fallen soldiers and the funerals of children gunned down while at school.  They proudly called women sluts and whores, hosted more »

Farewell to Karl Erb

One of San Francisco’s finest yoga teachers, Karl Erb passed away earlier today after living with cancer for a number of years.  Karl was a fellow yoga teacher at Yoga Tree,  a part of the teacher training program and a friend.   The way he lived with—and smiled at, his cancer demonstrated just what an amazing yogi he was. About a year ago, Karl called me to tell me his cancer had returned and that the prognosis was not good.  I asked him how I could support him and his answer was simple, clear and without hesitation. “Let me keep more »

The Miracle: A Reflection On My Life Since Testing HIV+

By Darren Main I waited on hold nervously—my index finger still a bit tender from where I had pricked it a few days earlier I had used “mail-in HIV tests” in the past without incident. The process was rather simple: prick your finger, rub a blood sample on a card and mail it to the lab.  A few days later, a robotic voice  on the other end of the phone would ask for the unique serial number associated with my test kit, and then, after confirming the digits several times, the metallic voice would inform me that I was HIV more »

Learning to Sit: An Introduction to Meditation

By Darren Main Reprinted From Inner Tranquility: A Guide to Seated Meditation The Buddha was once asked which meditation technique was the most effective. The master’s response was both simple and profound. “The one you practice.” Therefore, start your practice with this simple technique and explore others as well. The important thing is that you get started and that you practice consistently. Sit in a comfortable upright position. Some people sit cross-legged, and others prefer to kneel. It is also acceptable to sit in a straight-backed chair. Allow your body to relax and take a few deep full breaths to shift more »

Hepatitis B Vaccines: Are They Safe?

by Darren Main • Summer 2001 Darren, I like your articles on gay.com, as I am a strong believer in holistic health. I exercise regularly, including doing yoga, I am trying acupuncture, and I go to a naturopathic doctor (who is not gay). I did go for full medical recently (at an allopathic doctor), and came back with excellent results. However, I tested negative for Hepatitis B and have not been vaccinated, and the doctor recommended that I consider Hepatitis B vaccine (he, like me, is a gay man). My Naturopathic doctor (who is not gay) said he normally would more »

Remembering Swami Kriyananada

In 1920 a boat docked in Boston, MA and a man by the name of Paramahansa Yogananda stepped onto American Soil.   He was only the second swami to come to the United States at that point, and his teaching and writing sparked the imagination of many young spiritual seekers.  Thus began the yoga revolution here in the West. Donald Walters was a direct disciple  of Yogananda and a member of Self Realization Fellowship  (SRF),  an organization founded by his guru. Walters eventually took vows and became known as Swami Kriyananda.   Yet after  a rather public and acrimonious split with more »

The Snuggly Hug

By Darren Main Note:  I wrote this essay for the Family Builders Adoption Agency Newsletter.  It is because of Family Builders that I an now a father! Tears poured down my face.  I guess it shouldn’t have come as such a surprise, but for whatever reason, I didn’t see it coming.  The day was sunny and warm and I was having a Snow White sort of morning—I woke to a “snuggly hug” from my son, I bounced around the house preparing for the big day, enjoyed a beautiful bike ride through the park and half-expected a bluebird to land on more »