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The 1 Thing That Matters Most For Learning Yoga

What is the most important thing you should focus on when starting or continuing to learn modern postural yoga? The first thing that pops into my head and probably you as well is how to do the postures.  I disagree.  The asanas (postures) are important but not the most important The Focusing Question “What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” - Gary Keller, The One Thing This question is used to harness the power of the 80/20 principle. Vilfredo Pareto's observation of a natural law that 80% of outcomes are a result of 20% of inputs.  The focusing question takes it further.  It attempts to zero in on the 1% of inputs that...

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The Process of Becoming - Bibi Lorenzetti

    In order to learn, we have to fall. In order to accept that we're going to fall, we have to surrender. In order to surrender, we have to have faith. In the process of learning asana, we experience faith in form of trust...initially towards the teacher, and eventually towards ourselves.While rebuilding my house, I relearned that "you have to do things in a specific order, and if you skipped a step along the way, you will most likely have to go back." This is what I had heard my teacher say when I was first learning asana and later learned it as an integrated part of learning the different series of Ashtanga Yoga. You have to learn to...

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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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