Sthira and Sukha: The Key Elements to Asana

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Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you.- Krishnamacharya What does it take to embrace your physical practice? What key elements are required? Well, according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s the Asana practice has two key elements: Sthira and Sukha. Sthira is being steady…

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Anandamaya Kosha: You are Bliss

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Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you. ~Krishnamacharya Have you ever been in a yoga class and heard the teacher say “Bliss is your true nature” then wondered what that even meant? In the Yoga Tradition, there are 5 Sheaths each one…

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Manomaya Kosha: I Think Therefore I Am

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The Third Sheath is the mental body, the Manomaya Kosha. From a Western point of view when we think of the mind or the concept of mental, we identify it with the brain. In the Yogic Tradition mental incorporates the brain, the nervous system, and the sensory organs. Manas means…

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Pranamaya Kosha: The Energetic Body

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 Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. ~Thích Nhất Hạnh The second sheath, holiday box, or matryoshka is the Pranamaya Kosha. You may recognize the word prana, which translates into energy or life force. Maya means “made of.” The compound word…

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The Bija Mantras: Unity and Community

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When I think of the purpose of the Bija Mantras (seed mantras), it reminds me of the translation of Yoga, yoke or union. The reality of Prana (life force) is we are connected, everything has a relationship to us, even if it seems distant. I’ve been having a lot of…

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Om: Percieve

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.  ~Henry David Thoreau Imagine, at the beginning of time hearing the first sound. What would that sound be? Well if you were a Rishi (sage), you would have an answer for that. The sound at the beginning of…

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