Posts by Bob Butera, PhD

Higher Consciousness through Yoga, Breath and Meditation

Breath awareness is one of the most valuable tools Yoga has to offer. Being aware of the breath and learning how to introduce new breathing patterns in practice and life helps us to reduce stress, sleep better, feel healthier, and be our best Self! What causes this phenomenon? The practice of breathing exercises improves our…

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Yoga Therapy as a Path of Holistic Wellness

Yoga Citta Vritta Nirodha Yoga means stilling waves of the mind-body complex The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, Verse 2 As a Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist promoting the benefits of a holistic Yoga Lifestyle for over 25 years, I have found that of the many definitions of yoga, this simple verse from the Yoga Sutras…

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Yoga: A Lifestyle of Practice

If you use the word yoga in an average conversation today, you are likely to come across different perceptions and definitions of what yoga is or is not. In Western culture Yoga is often conflated with general concepts like health, stretching and exercise. You could say that many of the people in America today are…

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Honoring Cycles: Rest and Sleep

HONORING CYCLES: SLEEP AND REST Like food, rest and sleep are nutrition for our whole self. Creating a lifestyle that honors rest and sleep is essential for physical, mental, and emotional health. Without enough rest, the physical systems of our body are affected, as is our mental clarity and ability to balance emotional responses. Interestingly…

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Yoga and Archetypes: A Natural Evolution of Practice

Yoga and Archetypes: A Natural Evolution of Observation and Practice An archetype is an original model or type after which other similar things are patterned. Sanskrit, the language in which Yoga was codified, an archetype is known as Purvaja. Purvaja means ahead of all others or firstborn. An archetype may be derived from, but not…

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Finding Freedom Through Non-Attachment

“Attachment is that which follows remembrance of pleasure.” – Yoga Sutras II, 7 In Yoga’s monastic tradition, upon initiation the monk is given a robe and an alms bowl. The acceptance of these objects represents a commitment to a life of simplicity, virtue and piety. These basic virtues seem at odds with a world that…

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An Introduction to The Yoga Life

The Yoga Life: Applying Comprehensive Yoga Therapy to All Areas of Your Life by Ilene S. Rosen M.Ed, Robert Butera, PhD and Jennifer Hilbert, M.Sc. Introduction to The Yoga Life Comprehensive Yoga therapy is holistic lifestyle education derived from classical yoga that restores balance to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It is a…

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Cultivating Deeper Intentions for Yoga Practice

Can you remember the most special day of your life? Was it your wedding day, where there were months or years of preparation, a profound ceremony, and a joyous celebration with family and friends? Was it a special vacation or trip that you thought about for years? Was your favorite day an accomplishment, like a…

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Creating Lasting Happiness Through Yoga

“When the restraints (non-attachment, truthfulness, non-stealing, moderation, non-greed) and Observances (purity, contentment, self-discipline, spiritual study, faith) are inhibited by perverse thoughts, the opposites should be thought of.” – Yoga Sutra, Book II, Verse 33 In traditional schools of Classical Yoga, an earnest student would spend a minimum of three years learning the practice of ethical…

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