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Yoga’s niyama, Svadyaya- Self Study

The niyamas of Yoga are the observances we strive to uphold in order to live our best, “right” life. While recently reflecting on the essential niyama of yoga, svadyaya (ongoing investigation of the self), I remembered a story of my … Continue reading

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Dogs, Yoga and the “Wisdom of No Escape”

Last week it was time to bathe my dog Pearl. She hates baths and it’s always a bit of an ordeal for both of us. Pearl is 12 now, so I wanted to find some small way to take her … Continue reading

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Svadyaya: Yoga’s Niyama of Self-Study

  Of all the topics out there to study- why is Self-study one of the most important subjects we can tackle in order to transform our lives? I don’t use the term “tackle” lightly either! Study of self inherently comes … Continue reading

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Pratipaksha Bhavana

 “When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of”. This instruction from the Yoga Sutras in Sanskrit breaks down as Prati- other, opposite; Paksha- wing, half; Bhavana- dwelling, mansion, being. I love the visual image of walking into a … Continue reading

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Finding Your Edge

In yoga we are continually being reminded to work toward our edge- but not over it. The “edge” can be described as the place of most resistance. There may even be some pain at your edge. (Pain in yoga should … Continue reading

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Accessing the Core

 When we access or activate “the core” we are calling upon the strength of our foundation to help support us both physically and mentally.  I want to start first with the metaphorical concept of our core. What is at our … Continue reading

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Sthira Sukha: Holding Firm with Softness

Sthira Sukha A “comfortable steady seat” refers to the dual qualities needed to maintain the seated posture for sitting meditation. These qualities are also regarded as necessary for fully experiencing all yoga asanas. Sthira– Strong, steady, stable alertness. Sukha: Comfortable, … Continue reading

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