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How Yoga and Travel Can Dispel The Five Kleshas

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Yoga Philosophy

How Yoga and Travel Can Dispel The Five Kleshas

By: Katie Lee In Sutra II.3 Book Two, Sadhana Pada, of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras it is written: Avida Asmita Raga Dvesha Abhinivesha Pancha Klesha avidya = spiritual forgetting, ignorance asmita = associated with I-ness raga = attraction or drawing to, addiction dvesha = aversion or pushing away, hatred abhinivesha = resistance to loss, fear of death of identity, desire for continuity pancha = five klesha = colored, painful, afflicted, impure; the root klish means to cause...

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Yoga Outdoors: Removing The Conditions From Your Practice

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Global Yoga, Yoga Philosophy

Yoga Outdoors: Removing The Conditions From Your Practice

By: Katie Lee Why is removing conditions from your yoga practice and your life so important? On my most recent adventure in Colombia where I had practice a lot of yoga outdoors I met a fellow traveller from North America. After talking for a little bit the subject moved to yoga. He expressed his love of yoga and how much he benefited from his practice…at home. He explained that in no way could he practice yoga outdoors in nature, only at his studio in his home city. He...

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The Scientifically Proven Healing Power of Yoga

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Yoga and Healing

The Scientifically Proven Healing Power of Yoga

Yoga heals.  While this may seem like old news to those for whom the yoga mat is an old friend, the medical world is just starting to catch on to what yoga practitioners have long known. The therapeutic healing power of yoga asana is no longer an anecdotal wonder, but a scientifically backed phenomenon. Next time your favorite skeptic rolls their eyes at yet another one of your “healing power of yoga” stories point them towards the many studies that are telling the same...

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Simplicity and Finding Happiness Through Yoga: David’s Ostional Story

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Ashtanga Yoga, Global Yoga, Yoga and Healing, Yoga Asanas, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Teacher Training

Simplicity and Finding Happiness Through Yoga: David’s Ostional Story

Like many a great love affair, David Autio’s relationship with yoga begins with meeting a girl. This, however, is not a boy-meets-girl story. The day after he graduated from college, David boarded a plane to Guatemala, with intentions to seek adventure as he made his way down to Panama. Somewhere in Nicaragua, however, he met a girl. “She was the happiest girl I’d ever met in my entire life,” he says. She was the hostel’s yoga instructor, and David “somehow got...

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Ashtanga Yoga Without Feeding The Ego

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Teacher Training

Ashtanga Yoga Without Feeding The Ego

There are some important questions you should ask yourself in your Ashtanga yoga practice.  Are you surrendering to the method or are you working in the opposite way. If we take on the practice without a motivation to surrender and trust in the process we could be unconsciously strengthening our ego instead of deconstructing it. We’re all just really confused. That’s what Patanjali thinks, anyway. If his Yoga Sutras is a systematic roadmap for reaching enlightenment,...

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