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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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Yin Yoga: Cultivating The Opposite

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga and Healing, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Teacher Training

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...

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

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Yoga and Healing, Yoga Teacher Training

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...

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Cosmic Chakras Part 1: Self-Awareness, Sensitivity, and the Stars

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga and Healing, Yoga Asanas, Yoga Teacher Training

Cosmic Chakras Part 1: Self-Awareness, Sensitivity, and the Stars

For Ashtanga yoga practitioners, the new and full moons are frequently a cause for celebration. Abstaining from yoga practice on these astrologically significant days, many Ashtanga practitioners relish a much-needed break. As time goes on, however, the anticipation of these days goes beyond the enjoyment of a rare morning spent sleeping in. Simultaneously honoring the moon’s rhythms and purifying the body through yoga, we become increasingly sensitive to the affects of...

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Chakras and Yoga, Part 1: Muladhara, Svadhistahana and Manipura

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga and Healing, Yoga Asanas, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Teacher Training

Chakras and Yoga, Part 1: Muladhara, Svadhistahana and Manipura

The chakras play an important part in our yoga practice. We spent the whole last blog entry talking about subtle anatomy. We defined the chakras as plexuses of pranic channels, esoteric structures of the energetic body. Now, however, we’re going to take a step back from the energetic, into the substantial. Subtle though they may be, the chakras have definite palpable effects on our physical and emotional lives. Think of it this way: Prana is life force energy. It travels...

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