Dynamics of breathing 1

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The most basic unit of life, the cell, can teach you an enormous amount about yoga. In fact, the most essential yogic concepts can be derived from observing the cell’s form and function. This chapter explores breath anatomy from a yogic perspective, using the cell as a starting point. Yoga Lessons From a Cell Cells ….  Read More

Moving Energy

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Breath is the essence of life. You inhale for the first time shortly after arriving in the world even before your umbilical cord is cut. From that moment on you take approximately seventeen thousand breaths each day, which over a lifetime totals about 500 million breaths. In your final moments on this planet, you exhale ….  Read More

The Three Spiritual Laws of Yoga

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If you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear. —Lao Tzu We have reviewed the theoretical frameworks presented by two of the greatest yogis the world has known, Shankara and Patanjali. These closely related classic approaches remain as the cornerstones of yoga philosophy. In this chapter, we will apply the Seven Spiritual ….  Read More

The Royal Path to Union

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In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. —Mahatma Gandhi Your body is a field of molecules. Your mind is a field of thoughts. Underlying and giving rise to your body and your mind is a field of ….  Read More

Soul Questions

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Nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see. On the contrary, everything is sacred. —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The generally recognized founder of yoga philosophy is the legendary sage Maharishi Patanjali, whose life is shrouded in the mists of myth and history. According to one story, his mother, Gonnika, was praying ….  Read More

Yoga Is Union

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The proliferation of yoga classes and yoga centers throughout the Western world is a tribute to yoga’s indisputable power to enliven physical well-being. In cities across North America, Europe, and Australia, yoga studios offer students a vast range of styles and techniques designed to enhance fitness. Yoga postures can increase your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, ….  Read More

Advancing Your Practice

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Cultivating Mindfulness Mindfulness is all the rage these days. It’s been featured in countless publications, and it’s being enthusiastically embraced by everyone from therapists and CEOs to rappers and Hollywood celebrities. But what exactly does “mindfulness” mean? Even more importantly, how do you practice mindfulness, and why should you bother? Mindfulness has risen to popularity ….  Read More

8 Types of Moving Meditation

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One of the biggest roadblocks or reasons for not meditating that I hear is some variation of this phrase: “But I can’t sit still.” For many (those diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, for example), it’s a simple fact: they cannot sit still. For these folks, sitting quietly with their eyes closed for more than a ….  Read More