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

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Teacher Training

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...

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Chakras and Yoga, Part 2: Anahata, Vishuddi, Ajna and Sahasrara

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga in Nicaragua, Yoga Teacher Training

Chakras and Yoga, Part 2: Anahata, Vishuddi, Ajna and Sahasrara

The chakras, as we’ve discovered, offer us a fascinating framework for exploring our intersecting physical, emotional, and energetic lives. Nothing exists in isolation, and finding the parallels between our blockages is a useful way to guide us towards finding balance in all aspects of our lives. The first three chakras, which we explored in the last entry, offer valuable insight into our personal wellbeing and the various aspects of our sense of self. The next four, at...

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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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