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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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Yoga Towel vs Yoga Rug. Why For Ashtanga Yoga You Need Both (Updated 2018)

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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How Yoga Towels & Pants Are Causing Microfiber Pollution. (Plus 5 Steps You Can Take Right Now To Lessen The Impact)

Oxymoron - a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction eg. Ecofriendly Microfiber [insert yoga product here] 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 Ashtanga practitioners that also sell Organic 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...

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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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