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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 2: Insights From The Planets

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Ashtanga Yoga, Global Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training

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...

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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 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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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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