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Ashtanga Yoga & Ayurveda by Kate O'Donnell

      In a sense, my journey on Ashtanga Yoga is unique because my relationship with India came before my relationship with yoga. I was a little girl watching TV, I remember an image of women in colourful saris with urns on their heads. When an opportunity came in my second year of university to travel to India and teach English, I packed my bag and life was never the same. Guruji used to say many lifetimes and i believed it is this karma with the wisdoms, traditions in India that makes my connection to yoga inescapable. For me the intersection of yoga and Ayurveda is a functional place. My desire to see and taste all of India at...

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The First Yoga Blanket : How To Get Stronger With Natural Rest

  If you ever feel anxious, achy, tired, unfocused or depressed then you're in the right place. I know it's a long list, and unfortunately these ailments are quite common, but these problems may share a common root cause.  I found out what was causing these issues for me even after a days of "resting" What you are about to learn in this post could be the solution to feeling human again. The first Yoga blanket was free and (definitely not like the plastic yoga blankets you find on Amazon now) which is probably the reason you haven't heard about it. The Best Things in Life Are Free. In my experience, the famous saying “The best things in life are free” is 100%...

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The Inner Experience of Yoga – by Harmony Slater

  Atha Yoga Anushasanam Now. Here. In this very moment – we enter the path of yoga and the journey unfolds before us. As the practice of yoga takes hold, life begins to come into focus. The darkness dissipates and we see ourselves, maybe for the first time, in this new light.We are waking up. It is difficult to predict or explain exactly how this asana practice of Ashtanga Yoga begins to illuminate our consciousness. We begin to comprehend, at a cellular level, that yoga is more then just a physical or mental exercise… it is the very heartbeat of our existence. This practice finds us wherever we are -- As we Are. Like many, it found me both broken...

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Shruti by John Bultman

  Vande gurunam caranaravinde sandarsita svaatmasukhaavabodhe/ nihshreyase jaangalikaayamaane sansaara haalaahala mohashaantyai//  (1) Sadaashivoktaani saptaadalaksha Layaavadhaanaani vasanti loke/ Naadaanusandhana samadhimekam manyamahe maanya tamam layaanam// (2)   (2) There are 125,000 methods of laya (yogic dissolution) described by Lord Shiva in the world. It is my opinion that Naadanusandhaana (the pursuit of ‘inner sound’) into the deepest samaadhi is the best of all these layas. - Yoga Taravali of Shankaracharya verses 1 (from opening Ashtanga chant) &2 I was raised around music.  When I was a baby, my mother taught piano lessons and used to put my crib next to her piano.  Her love of listening to and playing music infiltrated my life deeply.  As a child, I sang in the church...

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How To Build Strength In Yoga (Updated 2018)

Why Extra Grip = Extra Weak If you want to learn how to cultivate the quality of strength in your yoga practice then you are in the right place.  The observation that Patanjali doesn't say a lot about asana in the Yoga Sutras leads me to believe what is said must be important.   Sthira Sukham Asanam Asana should have the qualities of steadiness & ease.  In my experience of 14 years with a daily asana practice the ease comes after the steadiness.  I had to figure this out the hard way. By getting hurt.  I'm writing this from personal experience from when I was looking for ways to heal myself from debilitating back pain. I tell the whole story in the first...

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