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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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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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What Is A Chakra Anyway? An Introduction to the Sublte Body

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Yoga and Healing, Yoga Asanas, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Teacher Training

What Is A Chakra Anyway? An Introduction to the Sublte Body

Chakra Means Wheel or Disk in Sanskrit In Yoga this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine. They start from the base of the spine moving up through to the crown of the head. If you practice yoga, you’re probably at least a little familiar with the chakras. Aligning, clearing, and meditating on these esoteric centers is a common intention in yoga classes throughout the world. We do asanas that open certain...

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Utkatasana and Virabhadrasana – Warrior Sequence

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Asanas, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Teacher Training

Utkatasana and Virabhadrasana – Warrior Sequence

Grounding and Lightness: Flowing Out of the Standing Sequence with Utkatasana and Virabhadrasana One of the beautiful things about practicing Ashtanga Yoga is that there are no beginnings or endings – only transitions. In the Primary Series, one of the more marked transitions comes as a dynamic series of postures often called the “Warrior Sequence.” Moving through the powerful postures Utkatasana, Virabhadrasana A, and Virabhadrasana B, this sequence carries the...

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Finding Balance in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, and Ardha Baddha Padmotanasana

Posted by on Oct 11, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Asanas, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Teacher Training

Finding Balance in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, and Ardha Baddha Padmotanasana

Moment-to-Moment, Breath-to-Breath: Finding Balance in Parsvottanasana, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, and Ardha Baddha Padmotanasana. Finding balance. It’s key in every aspect of life – and very rarely easy to find. The three poses following Prasarita Padottanasana ask us to do just that, systematically testing our balance in dynamic ways. If the initial postures of the standing series of Ashtanga Yoga guide us towards establishing a firm foundation, these next few test...

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