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Yoga Towel vs Yoga Rug. Why For Ashtanga Yoga You Need Both.

Learning through experience. There really is no other way. As I waited in the lobby of KPJAYI waiting to practice for my first time I read the sign.  "All students must have 1 cotton mat and 1 cotton towel. " Ok the rug I had. I had it for years. But the towel? What was that for? Aren't they the same thing? I'd already been practicing 9 or 10 years but the differentiation wasn't clear to me. Then not until Feb 21st 2017 did I understand the Microfiber difference. I had to write this post to clear up some of the confusion for visitors that come to this site when it comes to Yoga Towels, Yoga Rugs and the Microfiber Yoga Towels. Since...

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A Natural Alternative To Microfiber Yoga Towels

Oxymoron - a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction I would guess that not many yoga practitioners in the world would spend their time Googling Yoga Towels to see what comes up in the search results. I'm guessing there are even fewer Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga teachers that also sell Organic Mysore yoga rugs that would be doing the same thing. In fact there is a really good chance I'm the only one who would care about such a thing and then be looking into it which is why I'm the only one (I think?) who noticed one very interesting fact. There is actually no such thing as an Organic Microfiber Yoga Towel.  I won't keep...

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Yoga is a Life Path - by Sharmila Desai

Yoga is a Life Path by Sharmila Desai When we were children, my grandmother used to translate Namaste as the God in me welcomes the God in you. I loved to look at her smile as she placed her hands together even though I could not fully grasp the meaning of her words. Years later, it was only when I discovered Ashtanga Yoga, as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and R. Saraswati Jois in Lakshmipuram, Mysore that I began to understand what the God in me meant. Yoga as a spiritual science connected me to a process of inner perception and living principles, cultivating who I am, and who I am becoming in alignment with...

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The Birthing of Shakti Sharanam - Annie Pace Interview Part 2

"To be in the quiet and to extract from their life and their phones, and their computers, and as much as they can do that. It's a pretty quiet place." - Annie Pace on her shala in the small town of Crestone Colorado. That was all in that era of like the 90's, I would go to Mysore and stay until I didn't have a Rupee in my pocket. While I was there, for these extended periods of time, of course, you meet people from all over the world. So it was a very informal thing where people invite me to come teach in the UK, or Europe, or Australia, all places in the world.I'd have some gig lined up...

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How A Modern Lifestyle Is Making Yoga Practioner's S.A.D.D.

The computer machine analogy.  As soon as I hear it I cringe. I'm sure you have heard it before.  "Your mind is like a computer" or "Your body is like a machine" I used to use these same comparisons and the make choices based on them. It wasn't until I started to question some of my basic assumptions that I noticed how incorrect these statements were.  Your body is not a machine and your mind is not a computer. Those are man made mechanical systems. Your body and mind, which are not seperate but one, are complex mysterious organic living creations.  Why does this matter? I'm sure there is many reason's which I haven't thought of or noticed but the...

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