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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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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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Are You Willing to Make the Final Commitment

ARE YOU WILLING TO MAKE THE FINAL COMMITMENT? When a caterpillar spins a cocoon around itself and succumbs into the darkness, it has no doubt that the next stage of life will be transformational. It does not have cold feet or the reluctance in the way in which you and I would. The cocoon emblematizes its full throttle commitment. With one way in and one way out, it is the perfect vessel for metamorphosis. Lucky for the caterpillar, its mind…

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