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Right Effort on the Mat at Mantra Yoga

Right Effort on the Mat At Mantra Yoga on July 15th, 2017 One of the most common questions that I receive from yoga practitioners is whether or not they are doing a specific posture correctly. Typically, I follow their question with a question of my own: “What is that you are experiencing?” This is not an easy question to answer. In the Yoga tradition, there are five markers for the success and effectiveness of the practice. These five markers are…

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Practicing Attitudes? What?

How can yoga make us a better person? The answer is quite simple, through the practice. If you decide that you want to get stronger, lift weights. The method and interpretation is up to you but the idea is simple. What we know from science and common sense is that what would not work is sitting on the couch and contemplating the idea of being muscular. Yet for some reason, when we want to change our attitudes and behaviors [that…

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Breathe in, Breathe Out

Exhale. Then hold after exhale. Exhale. Then hold after exhale. This is one solution that helps bring us back into balance when we are feeling off center.   pracchardana-vidharanabhyam va pranasya – Yoga Sutra I.34 In order to come back into balance, one can take a long exhalation and hold after the breath.   Exhalation has quite a phenomenal effect on our physiology. Science has informed us that by consciously lengthening the rate at which we expel air, relative to…

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Making your practice fruitful

Yoga is called a ‘sadhana’ Yoga is called a sadhana. Many people translate this word to mean ‘practice’ but there is more to it then that. I say that because you can practice something for no real reason and little is gained from that effort. When I was young, I tried to learn to play the guitar. I would practice, but somewhat infrequently. I would learn a few chords to one song, then jump to the another. The effort and…

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In Search of the Guru

A guru is not a crutch. A guru is a bridge. Unknown Once there was a student, well versed in the yoga scripture, seeking out the guidance of a guru. The knowledge this student had attained was deep, but something was still missing. The student asked around the village for whom could help. The universal consensus among the villagers was that there was an old man at the end of the road who could be of service. The student went…

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