Samadhi: Connecting to the Infinite

We are in a constant search for that which completes us. We often look outward for such a reward, but the truth is that it is within us. We are whole, as we are. Our circumstance may change, and we may find ourselves looking outward toward materialism, toward experiences that…

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Dhyana: Finding the Road to Samadhi

Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration) and Dhyana (meditation) are linked. To achieve Pratyahara, one must practice Dharana (concentration) and by practicing the 5th and 6th limbs we create fertile ground for Dhyana (meditation). BKS Iyengar in the Light of Yoga says: As water takes the shape of it’s container, the…

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Dharana: Bringing it into Focus

  With each step of the Eightfold Path, we are getting closer to making space for meditation. When the path was created, there were far fewer distractions, than living in the modern world with constant contact and stimuli it may seem daunting to open ourselves up to meditation. However, that…

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Pratayahara: Retreat! Withdraw! What?

The practice of pratyahara is sensory withdrawal. It’s not that we deaden our senses. Instead, we choose our reaction to them. Have you ever been in the middle of doing something and so absorbed in the task, then the phone rang you heard it, but chose not to react? This…

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Pranayama: Who Let the Prana Out?

Ever feel restless or confused? This can be a sign that you have too much Prana outside of your body than inside. Prana is life force, and when we feel disconcerted or confused, we take our vital energy and focus it on the outside world. When we have too little…

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