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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The Five Paths of Yoga

There are many ancient texts that lay the foundation of our modern understanding of Yoga. The Bhagavad-Gita is one of those texts. The term Yoga covers a wide range of meanings, but in the context of the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga is viewed as a unified outlook, serenity of mind, skillfulness in action and the ability…

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Embodying Animal and Nature Energies Yoga Practice

This practice offers a selection of animal and nature oriented practices along with suggested qualities to explore embodying or meditating. Use your inner guidance to choose a quality that is meaningful to you within each pose. Notice that there is an emphasis in this practice on movement within some of the poses and stillness within…

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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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