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How To Practice Yoga Pt 1 - You need a Room.

You Need A Room. "You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody, you don't know what anybody owes to you" - Joseph Campbell   This striking mountain sits directly in front of my home & family business, The Overlander Mountain Lodge, located at the edge of Jasper National Park Canada.  Any person who has ever traveled from the flat prairies in the East of Canada to the West would see this view as they approached the Rocky Mountains. This is no ordinary mountain. It is the subject of legends. Ever...

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Sun Salutations Practice for Beginners Level 1

The Secret Sun Salutations Level 1   Most people who have been taught some type of yoga postures have attempted the first 2 Sun Salutations.    It might surprise you that even very advanced Ashtanga Practitioners who have been practicing 20 years or more don’t know The Secret Sun Salutations C, D and G.   Whether you will place Sun Salutations first in your daily life depends on what you value most.   For me it has always been my health.   If physical, mental and spiritual health are your highest priority then sun salutations will help you get there.   Below I will explain Level 1 of a daily routine that puts the emphasis on Sun Salutations above all...

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Aging and Ashtanga Yoga by Lisa Schrempp

"This practice nurtures me and my own life so that I can then go and do something with that energy that is meaningful—at least that is my hope" - Lisa Schrempp     Many practitioners wonder about how long they can practice Ashtanga, and if it is meant for people middle-aged or older. My asana teachers have always advised me to practice as long as I can, and that is how I am going to practice Ashtanga Yoga. I am an Ayurvedic practitioner, and because of my studies I understand not to push beyond my limits. I practice in a way that enables me to still go out, teach, and spread Yoga for the rest of the day. I believe...

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7 Treasures For Ashtanga Practitioners - By Krista Shirley

"If I were asked to single out one of the benefits of this practice that perpetuates my desire to get to my mat each day, I would without doubt choose empowerment." - Krista Shirley   During conferences, Guruji would almost always speak of the importance of children and having a family.  I used to laugh about the idea. Now I’m sorry that I never had the opportunity to thank Guruji for planting those seeds in my heart.  If it weren’t for Guruji’s presence, I don’t know that I’d have been able to hold the space in my life for all that I have now.  I wish that Guruji could have met my son. I’ve had a wonderful journey so far,...

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Mapping the Feminine by Sharmila Desai

"As we observe our own cycles and those in nature through the practice, we come to understand that our bodies are influenced by the earth, the moon, and the sun; our bodies are also influenced by other women around us." - Sharmila Desai     Practicing Ashtanga yoga as taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois , R. Sharath Jois and Saraswati Rangaswamy was and is indeed Sadhana in its purity. In following the daily rituals inclusive of observing moon days and ladies holidays by not practicing the asana sequence, my body naturally flowed with the biorhythms and respected as well as supported feminine rites of passage such as menstruation and later on pregnancy.  As women our monthly cycle mirrors the...

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