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Posts Tagged 'stillness'

An Ode to Mothers

An Ode to Mothers

Vrtti Sarupyam Itaratra: At other times [the Self appears to] assume the forms of the mental modifications.(Patanjali – The Yoga Sutras, 1.4)

In his translation and commentary on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sri Swami Satchidananda writes:

“You seem to have lost your original identity and have identified with your thoughts and body. Suppose I ask you who you are. If you say, ‘I am a man,’ you have identified yourself with ...

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3 Steps to Reduce Anxiety Using Yoga

3 Steps to Reduce Anxiety Using Yoga

No matter which way you look at it, anxiety is uncomfortable. When our minds are anxious, it can feel almost impossible to think clearly or experience the joy of the moment. After all, your mind is running wildly to other places.

If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety, chronic worry or racing thoughts, integrate these 5 steps into your daily routine for support and relief. With enough time, this ...

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the joy and contentment of matsyasana (fish pose)

the joy and contentment of matsyasana (fish pose)
by Juliette Snijders

Feeling a bit out of balance? Grumpy and angry? Do fish pose and you will probably feel all kind and happy.

So why is fish pose making you all happy and kind?

Speaking from my own experience, 10 breaths in fish pose always leaves me with a feeling of compassion, joy and contentment.

How can that be?

In fish pose, as you ...

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the heart of yoga is stillness

the heart of yoga is stillness

At the heart of yoga is a doorway for how to connect and experience the truth of who we are in both a relationship to ourSelves and to others.

And that doorway is stillness.

Whether in savasana using little effort or handstand using all your strength and willpower, yoga calls us to find the still, quiet point in every posture. It teaches us how to remain centered while in action so we can stay ...

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saying good-bye to 2016

saying good-bye to 2016

The other day I had to stop the car at the side of the road. Tears were rolling down my cheeks, and I needed a few moments to recover myself before continuing to drive.

I had just dropped off my daughter at school and had NPR news on while driving back home. I have not read or listened to much news at all in the past 7 years or ...

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4 secrets to survive your most awkward pose

4 secrets to survive your most awkward pose

I am infamous for holding postures longer than most of my colleagues. I have certainly heard students complain that I hold awkward posture too long. Heck, I want to complain when other teachers hold the pose more than my legs appreciate!

A friend and long time teacher once said during a workshop: “I believe you shouldn’t trust any teacher who won’t hold this posture long enough, as it tells you everything ...

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are patience and stillness dirty words?

are patience and stillness dirty words?

After the first time I practiced yoga I almost got hit by a car…twice!

That yoga high you may have heard about is true, and it’s what keeps most of us coming back time and time again. Our bodies are incredible machines which for the most part we take for granted. They have the ability to withstand a seven minute long pigeon pose during a yin class, five ...

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