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The Magic of Yoga

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

The Magic of Yoga

As it became popularized in America, the focus of yoga was on the third limb of the classical Ashtanga or raja yoga practice: asana. This is probably because the physical aspect of yoga was most tangible to the western mind and easiest to commit to. However, this is surely not what the pioneers who brought yoga to this country had in mind. They understood that asana was just one of the eight limbs of yoga and was to be viewed and practiced as a preparation for pranayama and seated meditation. They knew that the purpose of yoga is and has always been to gain control of the mind, which is a...

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Why We Practice Ujjayi or Victorious Breath In Class

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Why We Practice Ujjayi or Victorious Breath In Class

Why We Practice ‘Ujjayi’ or Victorious Breath Let’s look at the foundation of our practice ‘the breath’ and our relationship with this breath: A seasoned Yoga Practitioner is able to focus on his/her breath, with full awareness, from the beginning to the end of practice.  Furthermore, this awareness will permeate into daily life away from the yoga mat.  Such a practitioner will notice themselves being more centered and tuned into the pleasure of simple moments.  They also find themselves better able to respond as opposed to reacting when under...

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An Outline Of A Comprehensive Yoga Practice

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

An Outline Of A Comprehensive Yoga Practice

An Outline Of A Comprehensive Yoga Practice Yoga is so much greater than just an exercise regimen.  It is a Science for understanding ourselves and our connection with all else in existence.  It is a way to explore the inner workings of our mind, body and essence.  It is a path for freedom.  For realization of these great possibilities much more is required than just exercise.  The physical postures and specialized breathing are merely the groundwork for MEDITATION.  They open the energetic channels and clear the way for higher pursuits.  If a yogi never ventures in that direction...

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Where Yoga Begins for Me

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Where Yoga Begins for Me

I recently read an article by Canadian Yoga Teacher, Dianne Bruni. In it, she expressed the opinion that, despite their stated goal certification by the Yoga Alliance does absolutely nothing to ensure that teachers are well trained or that students are learning yoga.” The article stirred up a wave of conflicting emotion in me. When I ask myself why, I believe it’s because I have conflicting thoughts on the subject. On the one hand, many yoga students and teachers have been convinced that this certification is necessary and beneficial in helping the public to evaluate services in...

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Happy Interdependence Day!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Happy Interdependence Day!

I’ve heard it several times over the past few days leading up to the 4th of July: “Happy Interdependence Day!” This simple phrase takes the idea of independence, in which much of our national and personal identities are grounded and asks us to consider its limitations as a guiding principle. Independence is a trait that is much admired in our society and is memorialized in our Declaration of Independence. You might believe that independence is what made this country strong by providing the freedom to pursue individual and national economic goals without the restrictions imposed by a...

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The Five Modern Day Phases Of Embracing A Yogic Path

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Five Modern Day Phases Of Embracing A Yogic Path

The Five Phases Of Embracing The Yogic Path   Searching For A Way To Feel Better: Maybe, simple chores have become burdensome due to an aching back or chronic headaches.  The ability to concentrate for more than five or ten minutes might be completely out of the question.  There could be bloating, troublesome digestion, poor sleep cycles, chronic aches and pains, or simply a lack of joy.  A nagging feeling may arise that there must be more to the gift of life  So, this is where it all begins, a realization that one does not feel all that great, and a strong desire to fix the...

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