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The (Happier) Side Effects of Yoga

My yoga journey began several years ago when classes on VCR tapes and DVD’s were popular for exercise. That’s how I looked at yoga, as a workout, just physical movement and a way to stay in shape. I’ve always had a certain flexibility and strength, and yoga seemed the...

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Making Space for Emotion

Ever feel like you’re moving at high speed through life, running to keep up with the endless demand of information, social commitments, family, work, text messages, emails? Everything we look at seems to have an extra ad, a personalized distraction to pull our focus...

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Yoga Nidra | The Philosophy, Benefits & Practice

Yoga Nidra is a state of conscious sleeping and is considered as a meditation technique. Individuals experience complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. A powerful and important practice of Self inquiry within the ancient science of yoga, it has been...

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Sthira & Sukha: Stability & Ease

In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, sutra 2.46 is “sthira-sukham asanam”. This sutra is commonly understood as “yoga postures should be stable, and the body be at ease.” This Yoga Sutra focuses the practice of yoga postures and movements. Aiming for steadiness and ease...

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Calf Envy – A Lesson In Self-Love

Here's how a simple comment from a student taught me a lesson in self-love. Before yoga class this morning my students were talking about what they wanted to work on in class. Several of them had lower back issues. Another confided to me that she’s trying to gain...

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Clear Your Mind of Suffering

Abhyasa/practice and Vairagya/non-attachment (Sutra 1.12-1.16) The practice of yoga includes deep awareness of habit patterns (samskara). These habits of thinking, feeling, and reacting affect our capacity for joy. The unconscious habit patterns create filters over...

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Just For Fun Yoga

When I started yoga classes, I thought a lot about the phrase “just for fun”. The yoga-nition of “fun” seemed to be “damn near impossible”, based on what was generally demonstrated when that “f-word” was invoked in class.  I would wonder what that woman (always...

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