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How Yoga and Travel Can Dispel The Five Kleshas

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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 trouble; (klesha is the noun form of the adjective klishta) This sutra...

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Yoga Outdoors: Removing The Conditions From Your Practice

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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 went on to say without his teacher, his mat, his regular yoga room, his...

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The Scientifically Proven Healing Power of Yoga

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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 tale – and the many doctors that are taking that evidence as reason...

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

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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 convinced to sign up for a yoga teacher training.” He changed course,...

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Ashtanga Yoga Without Feeding The Ego

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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, then our starting point is nothing less than utter ignorance and...

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Shaking Things Up With Shakti: The Women of Ashtanga Yoga

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Shaking Things Up With Shakti: The Women of Ashtanga Yoga

  In the Western world, yoga is often associated with women. Female yoga practitioners, however, are a relatively recent phenomenon. As their numbers grow, women around the world are experiencing transformation through the Ashtanga yoga practice – and perhaps changing the tradition itself. A History of Maleness For many years, Krishnamacharya didn’t teach women. The teacher of Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, and Deshikachar, Krishnamacharya is widely considered the father of asana as it’s practiced today. While he was revolutionary...

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Yin Yoga: Cultivating The Opposite

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Yin Yoga: Cultivating The Opposite

Yin yoga is not, contrary to what many yoga students believe, a restorative cosy, comfy yoga where you can just “hang out” in an asana. Quite the opposite actually, they foster the same growth-through-discomfort as any yan-type yoga like Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. All yoga has the same goal. It is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind, the slow, steady quest to transcendence through practice. Like any destination, however, there are many different paths. For most of us in the modern world, those paths manifest as different...

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Teeth Brushing for The Soul: Cultivating Detachment Through Ashtanga Yoga Practice

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Teeth Brushing for The Soul: Cultivating Detachment Through Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Sometimes it is hard to let go of ambition and silence the inner critic in our daily yoga practice? How can we actually understand and learn detachment in our yoga practice? Looking at it from the action of brushing your teeth  might be helpful to tap into the feeling of non attachment on and off the mat. Let’s talk about oral hygiene. We all know brushing your teeth is important. Giving your chompers a good cleaning is probably a regular part of your daily routine. When was the last time, though, that you really thought about...

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Digital Detox: Turn Off to Tune In During Our Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Nicaragua

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Digital Detox: Turn Off to Tune In During Our Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Nicaragua

What would you do if you had to disconnect for a day? Two days? What about a week or three? Between smartphones, tablets and computers, our modern lives are so perpetually plugged in it’s hard to imagine life before an ever-present Internet connection. Taking a break from constant connectivity can be good for you, however. After all, what you “feed” your brain is just as important as what you feed your body. A constant stream of social media and insubstantial snippets of information is hardly the most nutritious food for your mind.   A...

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Cosmic Chakras Part 2: Insights From The Planets

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Cosmic Chakras Part 2: Insights From The Planets

A framework to understand our energetic body In our last post, we discussed the sensitivity cultivated through continuous Ashtanga practice. Overtime, yoga practice increases our awareness, helping us become more and more attuned to both external and internal stimuli. As this evolves, it’s useful to have frameworks within which to study our experiences. Not only do these frameworks give us a guide for making use of the new information self-awareness provides, but they also help us fine tune this sensitivity through exploration of new points...

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