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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: The Hidden Benefits of Plastic Free Nature

Full Disclaimer: I sell organic cotton yoga blankets which is one of the reason's I wrote this post. You don't have to buy one to learn what it teaches but that was part of my motivation for writing it. The reason I sell them is because I have been using one myself for over 3 years for yoga but not for yoga practice. Just wanted to be upfront. No marketing tricks.  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...

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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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Part 1: How To Build Strong Legs In Yoga So You Don't Hurt Your Back (Updated 2018)

If you want to learn how to cultivate the quality of strength in your yoga practice and not hurt your back, knees & elbows 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.  The ability to relax and breathe comes after the strength & foundation. In particular the legs. Hanuman legs.  Hanuman symbolizes the qualities we are looking for perfectly but both Hanuman and the Yoga Sutras need to be...

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