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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Tapas: Who Let the Fire Go Out?

Oh, the Niyama of burning enthusiasm, austerity, and self-discipline how often you are misunderstood by us, well-meaning yogis. When I began to write, this blog so many stories came to mind. The definition of Tapas can seem daunting. Austerity: which can be translated into severity and sternness (makes me think…

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