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How Flexible Are You?

Stiffness is an epidemic. Yoga is the solution. One of the definitions of yoga that is found in the Amarakosha, an ancient Sanskrit lexicon, is upaya. Upaya means, ‘a tool.’ A tool is an instrument that allows one to obtain a goal. A hammer is a tool because it allows someone to drive a nail into a piece of wood. A scissor is a tool because is allows someone to split paper or fabric. In a similar way,  yoga is a tool to make…

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The proof is not in the pill

Yoga is an Eastern Modality Yoga is an Eastern modality; just like traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, reiki, etc. Unlike the others, Yoga is rooted in the Indian tradition. Yoga has survived for thousands of years, almost untouched, despite its migration to the West. As more and more people find benefit in the use of Yoga, a major Western contribution that has begun to shape the way in which Yoga is understood, is science. There is currently hundreds of studies and…

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The Greatest Hurdle

The Greatest Hurdle What makes yoga so challenging? What is it that makes yoga (in the context of a posture-based practice) challenging? Initially, one may say that it is the physical demand. I could not agree more; yoga can be painstaking on the body at first. The good news is that the amount of exertion diminishes as the practice becomes more regular. Yoga is pattern development and with frequency, the body learns and remembers. Then, students find themselves seeking out…

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The Driving Force of Transformation

THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI A VERSE-BY-VERSE EXPLORATION Faith (or complete confidence) is the driving force behind transformation. It is the impetus for a level of determination necessary to overcome all obstacles and to maintain ones trajectory. The word for faith in Sanskrit is shraddha and is described in the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – a 4th century CE text on Yoga and Meditation. This is just one of the many themes of the text –…

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The Importance of Harvesting Karma

As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma. Sri Guru Granth Sahib   The Importance of Harvesting Karma The shrill of the tenth snooze alert goes off and you jump out of bed in a panic and well behind schedule. You heat up the shower, head into the kitchen and brew a cup of Joe. As the coffee drips into the pot, you become entrenched in the sweet aroma and forget all about the…

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