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Ashtanga Yoga & Asana, Pranayama, and Pratyahara

Before getting in the discussion of the first three themes that we will be discussing in the study group – January: Asana, February: Pranayama… 389 more words


Peeling the layers

I have been busy peeling back layers in my house lately. It feels like a cleanse, like I’m purging the past of my home and bringing it to sit comfortably in the present. 495 more words

5 Differences Between Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga

Understand how Ashtanga-yoga and Hatha-yoga are different in theory and practice though the objective of spiritual upliftment is common to both.

Browsing through yoga classes offering an array of styles and approaches could be a real exercise in confusion. 832 more words


5 Minds You Meet in Meditation

No matter what style of meditation you practice, you’ve probably heard the following refrain: “And if you find your mind wandering, non-judgmentally make a note of where your mind went, and let that thought drift away as you return your awareness to __________.” 243 more words


Dharana & Dhyana: A Somatic Perspective

by Vaishali Iyer

The eight limbs of yoga described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are often taught as a step-by-step ascent, or a process of deepening interiorization which culminates with… 832 more words


The Music of Yoga

There’s magic in asana practice. There is magic in the vinyasa flow.

The most important thing I have learned so far on my journey towards understanding that magic… 372 more words

Dhyana: Meditation

Today I started on my fifty minute meditation practice again. I have been so caught up in life experiences and discovering what my body can accomplish through yoga asana (posture/ seat or connection to the earth) practice that I have found myself neglecting this practice of the mix of mindfulness, dharana (concentration), and pratyahara (sense withdrawal), that I refer to as meditation. 483 more words